A tale of sadness and redemption, of mourning turned to joy…
Youngest Daughter designed a jack o’ lantern from her very own pumpkin this Halloween. Alas, we don’t have a photograph. Before we could enjoy it for any length of time, it rolled out of the back of our van and cracked open on the ground.
YD seemed to keep a stiff upper lip. SuperOrdinary Mommy promised that we’d make a pie from the remnants of the jack o’ lantern, and that seemed to pacify our sad girl. But a little later, I heard a quiet sob coming from her bed: “I’m going to forget what my pumpkin looked like!” I promised to take pictures of pie making process, and she decided to draw a picture of her jack o’ lantern the next day…
And finally this week, YD and Mommy teamed up on the pie…
Mommy made the crust, and YD did the rest!
1½ cup mashed pumpkin
1 cup soy milk
1 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp molasses
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of clove
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 9″ unbaked pie shell
Combine all ingredients. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle additional cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove over top of pie.
Bake at 450 °F for 15 minutes; then at 350 °F for 45 minutes.
(From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens by Phyllis Pellman Good and Rachel Thomas Pellman. Good Books, Intercourse, PA. 1984)