This is my favorite traditional pumpkin pie filling recipe. I have been baking this recipe of my mother’s for many years now. It is very light and fluffy as the egg whites are whipped separately. Of course, those still on Induction will need to leave off crust as shown to the right. It’s very good that way!
Those that are already to the OWL Phase 2 level of Atkins can pour this filling into an uncooked low-carb pie crust of your choice and then bake. Mine are shown on my “Flour” Pie Crust. With that crust recipe, each pie (minus topping) contains 9 net carbs. I usually use canned pumpkin for this but tried it with fresh today and it was delicious, although a tad milder in flavor I think. This recipe is only suitable for Induction if made crustless.
1/2 c. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener of your choice)
1 T. erythritol (or pinch stevia extract)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger (optional)
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. canned or fresh baked pumpkin flesh (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
1/2 c. heavy cream
3 large eggs, separated per directions below
1 recipe my “Flour” Pie Crust
DIRECTIONS: Make pie crust by that recipe’s directions. Roll and shape in pie pan (large or 4 mini pans).
For the filling, break and beat one whole egg in a medium mixing bowl. Take out another medium mixing bowl. Separate the two remaining eggs, putting the yolks into your first bowl with the whole beaten egg. Put the whites in a clean, dry, separate bowl.
In the bowl with the 1 whole egg and 2 yolks, add all other pie ingredients. Beat will with a stick blender or hand mixer until smooth, especially if using fresh pumpkin, as it can be lumpy. Slowly stir in the cream and blend until smooth.
Beat the 2 egg whites to “stiff peak” stage using an electric mixer. With a rubber spatula, fold the beaten whites into the pumpkin mixture. When all is incorporated well, pour the mixture into 4 mini pie crusts. For the crustless version, pour into a buttered baking dish. For the large pie version, pour into an uncooked, prepared 9″-10″ low-carb pie crust positioned in your pie plate.
IMPORTANT: For the large pie version, if you use an 8″ pie plate, this amount of filling will likely overflow during baking. 9″ pie plate works better, but if 8″ is the only size pie plate you have, only fill the prepared crust 3/4 full. Put remaining filling into a buttered small dish to bake separately for the kids, who often don’t like crust anyway.
Bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes. Filling will puff way up during cooking and then fall level when removed from the oven and cooled. When totally cooled, Serve with a dollop of whipped cream sweetened with the sweetener of your choice.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (for filling): Makes 4 mini pies or 1 large pie. Each mini contains enough filling to tally up the following numbers: (Does NOT include topping or crust)
191 cals, 15g fat, 9.52g carbs, 2.2g fiber, 7.5g NET CARBS, 6g protein, 72 mg sodium
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (for crust): Entire crust recipe contains: (divide by # servings you cut from your large pie)
612 cals, 70.7g fat, 70.8g carbs, 63.84g fiber, 6.8g NET CARBS, 26.4g protein, 648 mg sodium