Special Pumpkin Pie

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This is a different version of pumpkin pie that will leave you wanting more. It melts in your mouth.

Pie Ingredients:

1 pie shell, baked and cooled

1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 ¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 cup whipping cream


  1. Spread the ice cream in the pie shell.(I use a little more than 1 pint and I let it sit out for several minutes, so it is more spreadable.)

  2. Mix together the canned pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, ginger, salt and vanilla.

  3. Whip the cream and fold it into the pumpkin mixture.

  4. Pour the pumpkin mixture over the ice cream and freeze overnight.

Sauce Ingredients:

1 ½ cups brown sugar

½ cup white corn syrup

½ cup butter

½ cup cream

1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and butter; heat to melt the sugar and bring the mixture almost to a boil, but don’t let it actually boil.

  2. Add the cream and vanilla.

  3. Serve warm over a silver of pie.


Festive touches:

Have plenty of candles around your dining area and don’t limit them just to your table. Candlelight always adds a special ambience and glow to your room as well as to your guests.

Don’t be afraid to mix your dishes and silverware. It’s more pleasing to the eye if the colors are coordinated, but it is perfectly acceptable to blend the things you have.

For holiday parties:

  1. If using stemware during the Christmas season, tie a sprig of holly to the base of each guest’s water glass.

  2. For Valentine’s Day, place a carnation at each setting.

  3. For Easter, consider placing a miniature basket at each setting. Fill each basket with shredded paper and tiny chocolate eggs, or nestle in the paper homemade frosted sugar cookies cut out in the shape of carrots. This little gift doubles as your place card when you put the name of each guest on a small piece of parchment paper and tie it to the basket handle with pastel-colored ribbon.

  4. For summertime get-togethers, consider using fresh fruit to dress up the table and help your guests find their places. Using yarn or string, attach a guest’s name to the stem of a delicious apple or pear.

  5. For Thanksgiving, consider using brightly colored fall leaves underneath unlit scented votives.

  6. For birthday parties, greet gift givers with presents for them: small wrapped boxes containing a votive candle, homemade goodies or tiny picture frames.


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