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Nov 18, 2011 10:24 AM

Pumpkin pie using fresh ginger

I need to bake a pumpkin pie and I'm out of ground ginger. I have no time to wait for a delivery from Penzey's and would rather not buy another brand. Has anyone used fresh grated ginger in a pumpkin pie?

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  1. I would rather get another brand than use grated ginger... It is a mouth feel thing. Unless you are using fresh pumpkin and have a bit of texture going on anyway.

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    1. re: wyogal

      actually, you can get around the texture issue by crushing/pressing fresh ginger and just using the juice.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Yes! I often put fresh ginger through a (well-cleaned) garlic press when I'm using it in something that needs a smooth texture. Or, if I'm using a lot of it, I toss it in the blender and puree until smooth.

        And I often use it to replace powdered ginger. A different, fresher, brighter flavour for sure, but I really like it and with the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves etc, you will still have that spicy pumpkin pie taste.

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      1. It is a different flavor entirely; brighter and tangy versus musty and rich.

        I've tried it and ultimately decided I didn't like it.

        1. as Carrie pointed out, the flavor of fresh ginger is very different from the ground powder. i know you don't want to try another brand, but Spice Islands ground ginger is excellent.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            If you can find a Mexican spice rack, you might find whole dried ginger. You can grate it with the nutmeg grater. But it will require a lot of elbow grease to get a couple of teaspoons.

          2. I agree that the flavor of fresh ginger will be significantly different from the ground ginger you've grown accustomed to. However, if you decide to use fresh ginger, use only about half a teaspoon and put it in a food processor along with your sugar and other spices and run the machine for a couple of minutes to combine the flavors thoroughly. Otherwise, you'll have pockets of ginger flavor in your pie and that's not a good thing.