Monday, November 8, 2010

Turkey (Pumpkin) Pie

I did this last year but I had to share because it is SUPER simple and a fun way to have the little ones help with Holiday Baking!!

(Oh I know the title sounds strange but I promise we aren't putting Turkey inside your pie!! My daughter tells everyone she is going to help me make a "Turkey Pie" so that is what WE Shabby folks call it)

First let me give you the recipe for (what I find to be) the easiest pumpkin pie from Eagle Brand!!

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin-- about 2 cups
1 (14 oz) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust 
(Why spend hours baking one when someone already did it for ya!?)
1 package of Pillsbury pie crust (the kind you roll out)

1)HEAT oven to 425ºF. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth.
2) Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 350ºF; bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted from crust comes out clean. Cool.

Now for the fun part! Help your kiddo trace their hand onto a piece of card stock paper. Then cut out the hand-print adding some turkey legs to the bottom (of the palm.) Roll out the Pillsbury pie crust. Use the card stock stencil you just cut out and place on dough, use a sharp knife to cut out the hand and legs of stencil! With left over dough (and you will have plenty, you can actually do probably two pies with this) cut out a tiny little triangle that will be used for the beak of the turkey. Place your hand-print turkey on a baking sheet, brush with water and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. You can do the pie and the hand-print separately if you like or you can bake the hand-print while you are baking the pie at 350º F, up to you! 

Once the pie and the hand-print are done place the hand-print on top of the pie and you are done!!

I know it sounds like a lot of steps but it is really simple and a big hit!! I am doing it every year until my daughters hand are too big! Its such a personal (adorable) touch to a Thanksgiving tradition!! Hope you enjoy and if anyone attempts to do this as well we would LOVE to see photos to see how you personalize it!!


  1. I'm going to do this with the grands--we'll be in GA for Thanksgiving this year.

  2. It was a big hit last Thanksgiving!! Its so easy too!! Hope they (and you) enjoy it as much as we did!! :)