A Solitary Thanksgiving Feast–Pumpkin Pie

WIN_20141025_175515 (2) The holiday season can be a very difficult and lonely time for single people, especially if work, money and distance keeps us away from our family. It seems like single people give up a lot of our holiday traditions because they seem impractical or too much work for just one or two people. I think this is especially true when it comes to our food traditions, dozens of cookies, pounds of fudge, and a huge turkey with all the trimmings don’t fit into our single person lifestyle. I propose that we, the single people, start our own holiday traditions. To that end, I will be posting recipes for a traditional Thanksgiving meal over the coming weeks. Since life is short, let’s eat dessert first.

Pumpkin Pie

1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 TBS plus 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
1 TBS plus 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar
1 tsp molasses
1/8 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ginger
¾ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
3 TBS lightly beaten egg
¼ cup evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 375 degree. In a small bowl, combine the sugars, molasses, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, salt, egg and evaporated milk. Mix well. Spray in a 5 inch pie pan or 1 cup custard cup sprayed with cooking spray. Pour filling into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake 40-45 minutes.

Adapted from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook