Thursday, November 29, 2012

Silky Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue & Biscoff Shortbread Cookie Crust

Silky Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue & Biscoff Shortbread Cookie Crust
I know I promised my "Bread Pudding" Dressing with cornbread, sausage, and apples. And I didn't deliver, I'm going to try and post it tomorrow, but I hadn't edited the pictures yet. So, I'm giving y'all an awesome pumpkin pie recipe :) I never liked pumpkin pie, but I like this recipe! I think it's really special because it uses pumpkin butter, candied yams, mascarpone cheese, egg nog, bourbon, and then it's topped with a toasty marshmallow meringue. But, the best part my friends, is the Biscoff Shortbread Cookie Crust. I know all of y'all have had Biscoff Spread because it's like Heaven. I mean like Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patty's Day, + the Fourth of July in a jar, and it can be eaten with a spoon. Biscoff and Nutella should have babies. Okay, I'm getting off topic. Anyway, the crust is addicting. The filling is utterly smooth and so comforting, and the topping is like a golden blob of summer goodness. I know this will be a main-stay at our holiday table and the crust will be used for a lot of pies in the future!! Enjoy :)
How gorgeous is that meringue?! 
So gorgeous.
For the Biscoff Shortbread Crust:
¾C Biscoff Spread (plus 2T if needed for a dry dough, it was not needed for mine though)
½C AP Flour
¼t Salt & Baking Soda
¼C Packed Light Brown Sugar & Granulated Sugar
2T Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
1 Large Egg Yolk
¼t Vanilla 

For the Silky Pumpkin Pie Filling:
1C Heavy Cream + 1C Egg Nog (or 2C Half & Half can be substituted as well)
3 Large Eggs + 3 Egg Yolks
1 Vanilla Bean, Split & Scraped for Seeds
4oz Mascarpone Cheese
15oz Pumpkin Butter
1C Candied Yams, Drained of Excess Moisture & Pureed in a Food Processor
¾C Granulated Sugar
¼C Sorghum Molasses (or maple syrup can be substituted)
1 ½t Fresh Ginger, Grated (you can add more to use 2 teaspoons or reduce to 1 teaspoon)
½t Ground Cinnamon and Pumpkin Pie Spice
¼t Freshly Grated Nutmeg & Ground Ginger
1t Salt
1T Bourbon (optional)

For the Marshmallow Meringue:
3 Egg Whites
¼t Cream of Tartar
Pinch of Salt
7oz Marshmallow Crème

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a pie dish with Pam. Set it aside.
2. For Biscoff Shortbread Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda until incorporated. Using a mixer, beat together both sugars, Biscoff Spread, and butter until well combined and mixture resembles wet sand, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the egg yolk and vanilla, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl, until well blended, about 3 minutes (the mixture will be clumpy). Gradually add in the dry ingredients with your hands and beat until just combined (it will be crumbly, if it is too dry add another 1-2T of Biscoff Spread, but do not over-mix). Gather dough with your hands, place into the prepared pan, and press evenly onto the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Set this aside and keep it warm while you make the filling.
3. Making the Silky Pumpkin Pie Filling: In a mixing bowl, add in the softened mascarpone cheese and beat until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Next, whisk or beat the heavy cream, egg nog, eggs and egg yolks, and vanilla bean until completely smooth. Combine the pumpkin butter, candied yam puree, sugar, sorghum molasses (or maple syrup), fresh ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, ground ginger, and salt in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring this mixture to a simmer over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes. Continue to simmer, while continually stirring, until thick and shiny, for 10-15 minutes. Remove the pan for heat and whisk in the cream mixture slowly, until fully incorporated (an immersion blender can be helpful as well because it will puree any lumps left while cooking). Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl, using a rubber spatula to press the solids through. Stir in the bourbon if you are using it. Whisk the mixture together once more and pour the filling into the warm, pre-baked pie shell.
4. Baking the Pie: Bake the pie for 10 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 300 degrees to continue baking the pie for 20-30 minutes more. The edges of the pie should be set and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the pie should register to roughly 175 degrees (don’t worry about the hole cause by the thermometer because it will be covered by the marshmallow meringue topping). Let the pie cool slightly while you make the marshmallow meringue.
5. For the Marshmallow Meringue Topping: While the pie is cooling slightly, beat together the egg whites, cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a standing mixer, at a high speed. Beat until soft peaks form.  Gradually add marshmallow crème in small portions, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.  Spread or pipe the meringue over the top of the pumpkin pie in an even layer, making sure to seal edges completely (you can be as creative or rustic as you like with this layer, depending on your style). Broil the top of the marshmallow meringue with a kitchen torch until it reaches a golden brown & toasted marshmallow look (do not let it burn). You can also use the broiler in your oven to achieve similar results.
6. Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and cool to room temperature, about 2-3 hours. During this time, the pie will finish cooking from resident heat, to ensure the filling sets, cool it at room temperature, not in the refrigerator.
7. Once cooled, cut the pumpkin pie into slices and enjoy immediately!

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