Now, I CAN make the inside ingredients work together...it's the crust that is the problem. I just suck at rolled pie crust. I think I overwork it. I'm really pretty sure I overwork it. I just avoid pie to avoid the problem. If it doesn't have a graham cracker crust or something similar...it ain't happening in this house.
I begged to make a pumpkin cheesecake. I made lovely sugar cookies filled with pumpkin pie spice. I made chewy homemade chocolate chunk cookies. No go. He wanted a pie.
I admit to cheating. I bought a Pillsbury refrigerated unroll-and-fill pie crust. I used the Libby's canned pumpkin and followed their recipe exactly. However, I did want to kick it up a bit to cover the fact that I cheated! So, when in doubt - go to YouTube I found a few videos that inspired me, so I made leaves from the second crust in the box. About 26 leaves.
I filled the crust and baked.
Half way through, I added a pumpkin cut-out somewhat unsuccessfully. It would have been better to have baked it separately and then added it as final decoration. It sank a bit and didn't brown up as well as the rest of the crust.
All in all, though, everyone said it was a good pie. I feel a bit redeemed in the pie department. Who knows what I will try next??? Hmmm, I'll probably go back to decorating cookies :-)
Bon Appetit, Y'all!