Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie with Pecan Streusel

We made this as a deep-dish pie – just more awesome pumpkin and cream cheese swirled delight to enjoy!

Pie Crust

2 ½c                      Kamut® All-Purpose flour (plus more for work surface

2                            sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 Tbs                    granulated sugar

1 tsp                     salt

¼-½ c                    ice water

Pumpkin Filling

2                            large eggs

1                            15-ounce can unsweetened pumpkin pie puree

2                            5-ounce cans low-fat evaporated milk

½ c                        packed light brown sugar

1 tsp                     pumpkin pie spice

¼ tsp                     salt

Cream Cheese Filling

4 oz                      reduced ft cream cheese softened

2 Tbs                    milk

3 Tbs                    confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp                     Vanilla extract

Streusel

½ c                        Kamut® All-Purpose flour

½ c                        packed light brown sugar

2/3 c                     chopped pecans

½ tsp                    salt

4 Tbs                    unsalted butter, melted

Make the Pie Crust

Butter a 9” pie pan.

In a food processor, pulse flour, granulated sugar, and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Add 1/4 cup ice water in a steady stream, pulsing until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add up to 1/4 cup more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Form dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough just over 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to the pie pan, adjusting dough as needed to fit flat against bottom and sides. Trim dough and crimp the edges and prick the bottom with a fork several times. Line dough with a layer of parchment and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove parchment and weights from the crust, return to oven and bake until golden brown about 10 minutes; cover edge with foil if over-browning.

Make the Fillings

Whisk eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, light brown sugar, pumpkin spice, salt in a large bowl until smooth.

Whisk cream cheese milk, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla in a separate bowl until smooth.

Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared crust, drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture into the filling spacing them evenly. Draw the top of a skewer through both mixtures to create a swirl design. Bake the pie for 30 mins. Meanwhile, make the streusel.

Make the Streusel

Combine the flour, light brown sugar, pecans and salt in a small bowl. Add melted butter and stir with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the pie and bake until the center springs back when touched about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack, about 3 hours before serving.

Sue Taggart

As a child growing up in Kent “The Garden of England”, I thought that every family grew their own vegetables. I would help my grandfather in the garden and loved pulling potatoes and carrots out of the soil. These early experiences have given me a great appreciation for where our food comes from and a discerning palette for fresh, seasonal produce. As an avid reader, writing and storytelling is a passion that has only deepened over the years together with a growing concern for the health of our oceans and planet. We are facing serious issues with climate change and the clock is ticking…so it’s up to all of us to nurture and protect our home planet.