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Mar 24, 2013 05:06 PM

Ruthie hates pumpkin pie. And sweet potato pie. Convince her otherwise, please!

Ruthie789 has posed a challenge in her Red Velvet Cake epiphany thread. She dislikes sweet potato and pumpkin pies. I don't know if I can convince her otherwise, but I may shoot a Bean Pie recipe over to her, and see what she thinks of it.
It's been fun to see Ruthie bake variations of the RV cake. I'd love to see what she does with creamy pies.

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  1. I also hate pumpkin pie, but I have been making this recipe from Epicurious for the last few years at Thanksgiving and it is pretty universally loved. I've tasted it myself and although it's still nothing I want to waste stomach space on, it's much better than any other pumpkin pie I've had.

    I use a little less sugar than called for and add a couple of spoons of maple syrup. I think the sour cream and low number of eggs (two instead of the usual three) make for a denser texture, which I prefer. I also like the seasoning they call for (no cloves).

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    1. re: biondanonima

      Many of my family members absolutely love pumpkin pie. I will cook one up and serve it to them and try a piece. Maybe for Easter dinner, the Bourbon sounds good.

    2. The thing I dislike about squash pies is the texture. If it were more creamy and custardy, it might be OK, or if it's more firm like a cheesecake, I find it more palatable. But if it tastes like you just took some pureed vegetables, made them sweet, and mixed in a few eggs... no thanks. So I would suggest a recipe with a non-squashy texture if she dislikes them for the same reason.

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      1. re: Pia

        I make my pumpkin pie with roasted pumpkin, not puréed, so the texture is less creamy. It isn't al dente, but it has more 'tooth' to it than canned pumpkin does.

          1. re: Pia

            what about pumpkin cheesecake which I adore?

          2. Hate is a strong word, applied to food only in terms of cocoanut IMO. Still, this is one (or two) of those 'let's make the best of limited available ingredients" recipes. If I can obtain/afford tastier ingredients and an improved spice taste profile...

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            1. re: mwhitmore

              Hi, mwhitmore: "Hate is a strong word..."

              Yes it is, and inconstant. Yet variable. ;)

              IMO, there are many foods--and preparations of it--that folks come to "hate". As a child, I too "hated" pumpkin pie. But I like it now (mass-produced bakery crusts under it I still dislike). I also hated lutefisk, asparagus and stewed tomatoes. Pickled herring or Spanish mackerel? Limberger cheese? Fresh octopus? No way then. Like it now.

              This thread, like the recent "salmon" ones, is instructive. Can we Hounds account for changes in palate, changes in preparation? Can we keep open Chow minds? Are we willing to credit *the food* at least as much as we credit our food "hate" memories?

              I have my own closed corners, kidney pie among them. But I like to think that I can keep an open mind, and the fork is pretty easy to put down for another year to see if things change or I'm offered a nicer preparation.

              IMO, we should all be grateful to *have* food. The least we should do is keep an open mind, and try.


              1. re: kaleokahu

                Well, to quote the old movie "Gilda": "Hate is a very exciting emotion. Haven't you noticed?" Excitement thus leading to the possibility of a change of direction in the emotion......

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  I am grateful for each morsel on my plate. If I am at someone's house they do not know of my preferences.

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Yes, we should all be grateful. And I guess I don't *hate* cocoanut, as long as I don't have to eat it.

                2. Since she hates both pumpkin AND sweet potato pie, I would love to see her on Totally Biased.


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                  1. re: ratgirlagogo

                    I would relish the chance to be one of the testers!

                  2. I do not like the mushy texture of these pies, now if there was a way to hide that perhaps I could be convinced. Also wondering what dislikes that others of common recipes. I do like the spices in the pumpkin pies.

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                    1. re: Ruthie789

                      I'm with you Ruthie, I don't like either, and it's definitely the texture that I don't like. The flavors are fine, and I love all those "autumny" spices.

                      1. re: Ruthie789

                        I have a recipe for a great pumpkin cake, Ruthie!

                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                          I would do a cake but not sure about the pie. Do the spices hide the taste of the pumpkin?

                          1. re: Ruthie789

                            No, it's definitely pumpkin cake, but it's light... Not heavy like pumpkin bread. Is the flavor of pumpkin okay for you?

                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                              I would try it I hear pumpkin is supposed to be good for you. I did make pumpkin muffins awhile ago total disaster.