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Sep 15, 2011 06:08 PM

Crustless pumpkin pie?

I don't like pie crust - never have. But I'm married to someone who loves pumpkin pie. Any good recipes out there for a crustless pie? Can I just use my regular filling recipe (the one on the can of pumpkin with some additions) or do I have to do something different? There are a ton of recipes online, but I trust ones recommended by fellow CHers! Thanks.

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  1. How are you defining pie? You could make a bowl of pumpkin pudding, but it wouldn't likely fool your spouse.

    1. Could you make it in a crumb crust? I think a gingerbread crumb crust would go great with pumpkin.

      1. Here's a recipe from a gluten-free blogger who loves to bake. Her recipe calls for 1/4 c gluten-free flour but, of course, you can just use regular.

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        1. re: AnneMarieDear

          Happy ending. I used the above recipe which is just like one on the can of pumpkin and is exactly what I wanted. I may experiment by leaving out the flour next time because it changes the texture slightly. I also caramelized 1/2 cup of sugar and poured it in the bottom of the pie pan before I added the filling. Came out like a combination of pumpkin pie and creme caramel and completely negated any calories saved by leaving out the crust - oh well. Lots of compliments from the pie lover. Thanks!

          1. re: The Librarian

            So glad it was a success! Caramelized sugar on the bottom sounds absolutely delicious. I'll be trying that soon. Thanks for the idea!

        2. "Crustless" pumpkin pie = pumpkin custard ....

          1. I've done that - taken the filling I usually use with crust and baked it without, either in ramekins or pyrex pie plate. Don't start it at a higher temperature, bake it lower the whole time. For extra insurance, you can do it in a water bath, as in any other custard recipe.

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            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I love this recipe for pumpkin custard:
              and the water bath method Caitlin mentions above is the way to go.