As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with the classic pumpkin pie. I’m hosting a Friendsgiving in two weeks and I have a laundry list of things to do, including make a whole bunch of desserts! Last year I actually forgot the pumpkin pie so this year I wanted to go all out and make one traditional and one a little more outside the box. Here are four of the variations on pumpkin pie that I came across while researching my options:
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Are you a chocolate fiend? Throw some whole semi-sweet chocolate chips into your regular pumpkin pie recipe. You can also melt those chips and mix the chocolate sauce into your custard to create chocolate pumpkin swirl for bonus presentation points. One other option: Nutella! Warm it up a little bit so it’s easy to mix into your pumpkin puree. Beautiful dishes don’t have to mean they are hard to make! Martha Stewart has a triple chocolate pumpkin pie recipe if you want to go after the big chocolate flavors.
Consider using a chocolate cookie or graham cracker crust for this variation on pumpkin pie (think cheesecake crust!) to add even more chocolate flavor into your pie.
Tangy cream cheese frosting can make for an even more delectable chocolate pumpkin pie.
Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Pie with Dulce de Leche Whipping Cream
Take your classic pumpkin pie recipe and spice it up with chili powder! A teaspoon of chipotle chili powder mixed in adds a noticeable amount of heat, so you can add more or less as your taste buds see fit. You could also puree one fresh jalapeno pepper or even use jalapeno jelly to add some heat. To make the whipped cream, simply add brown sugar (make sure your brown sugar is fresh and soft before mixing it into the cream, grainy sugar won’t dissolve properly) to your cream before you start whipping!
Ginger Pumpkin Pie
Graham cracker crust usually holds up well with wet ingredients, so if you like crispy crusts and a bold flavor this ginger pumpkin pie recipe is for you! Just a few tablespoons of grated fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon ground ginger adds a powerful punch to your classic pumpkin pie. If you make your pie ahead of time the ginger flavor really seeps into the custard and the stronger it becomes.
Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pie (also known as Turtle Pumpkin Pie!)
If you’ve got a killer sweet tooth than take pumpkin pie to the next level with this recipe that adds caramel sauce, chopped pecans, and sweet whipped cream! You can make your own caramel sauce or just buy it from the store if you want to cut a few steps out of the process. You can mix the pecans into the custard itself or spoon it on top before you bake your pie and create a delightful crust on top!