Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

The best Pumpkin Pie topped with Mascarpone Cheese Whipped Cream and Pumpkin Seed Toffee. from #DietersDownfallDecadent Pumpkin Pie (from scratch) made from a whole Pumpkin, baked into an easy lard based crust and topped with sweetened pumpkin seed toffee and Mascarpone whipped cream.

That was a mouthful!

And so was this pie! I made it from scratch, but if you want to dress up a premade pie, this whipped cream and toffee would be a great addition.

Amazing Pumpkin Pie Recipe from a whole pumpkin. Topped with sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin seed toffee. from #DietersDownfallI think that this is about the ONLY recipe that I am intentionally planning on making again.

I have enough extra pumpkin in the fridge to make a second pie to take to the in-laws for the holiday. I’m all out of fresh pumpkin seeds, but I’ll think of something fresh to add to the topping. Maybe just smaller toffee chunks scattered over top.

A great pumpkin pie starts off with real Pumpkins. from #DietersDownfallThe toffee topping was the best. It’s amazing what just butter and brown sugar can do.

The amazing buttery flavor and the crispy crunch of the toffee – plus, I added a touch of Maldon sea salt and LOVED it! I ended up taking this pie to the hairdresser and they picked off all the toffee topping and snacked on it instead of the pie.

Note to self- only bring “finger food” to the hairdresser.

Sweetened Pumpkin Seeds roasted and then added to yummy, easy to make toffee. from #DietersDownfallI know I said it in my last post, but using a real pumpkin was amazing!

I’m definitely hooked on the real deal and I think that I’ll be sticking with it in the future. I’ll start early and roast a few then keep the puree until I need it for recipes. No need for canned pumpkin anymore.

I was a bit thrown when I cut into the pie to see it was more yellow inside than orange-y. I don’t know if this was from the real pumpkin or the real milk and cream or just my baking skills… The top looked perfect, but the inside color was so different. If you have experience baking with real pumpkin, please let me know if a color like this is normal.


The best homemade Pumpkin Pie, made from scratch. Pumpkin Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pumpkin Seed Toffee. from #DietersDownfallOk, so even if you decide to use a frozen crust, use canned pumpkin, or just buy a premade pie at the the store, you can always make it better. Put a little extra time into it and make a special dessert for special people on this special holiday.


Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie


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Decadent Pumpkin Pie (from scratch) made from a whole Pumpkin, baked into an easy lard based crust and topped with sweetened pumpkin seed toffee and Mascarpone whipped cream.
For the Whipped Cream
For the Toffee
  1. Add the heavy cream to a mixer with a whisk attachment and whip until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar then whip in the Mascarpone cheese until thickened. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Place the butter and brown sugar into a heavy pot and stir. Using a candy thermometer, heat and stir until it come to 300º F then remove from the heat. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour the toffee over in a thin layer. You'll see some separation of the oil from the butter and that's fine. Quickly and carefully add the pumpkin seeds to the toffee and sprinkle on some salt before it hardens.
  3. Allow the toffee to sit for an hour then break up into shards.
  4. Remove the pumpkin pie from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
  5. Top the pie with the mascarpone whipped cream and toffee. Serve and enjoy!

Roast a Pumpkin and enjoy the pumpkin and seeds in your Fall Dessert. from #DietersDownfall


For the Pumpkin Puree and Pumpkin Seeds, get the recipe HERE.








Get the Pumpkin Pie Recipe HEREA basic Pumpkin Pie made from a real pumpkin and baked in a flaky crust. from #DietersDownfall


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  1. Love a classic pumpkin pie. This is definitely going on my festive to bake list!

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