I’m not a big fan of pie.
Just never have been. I think mostly its that the difference in texture betweek wettish filling and dry crust bothers me on some level.
Anyway, last year, I got a brainstorm.
On a random whim walking past a display, I picked up some jello pudding mix in pumpkin pie flavor.
Now, every box of jello instant pudding says something to the effect of “pudding and pie filling” and usually has a recommendation somewhere on it that you turn it into a pie.
Which usually makes for a pretty lame pie.
But…. a pumpkin pie pudding pie??? a pumpkin pie with no pumpkin!
I’m weird enough that this sounded like an awesome idea. So I made one. And it wasn’t bad.
Considering that I don’t like pie, that says a lot.
(random baking tip: when using storebought grahamcracker crusts, use fingers to smash it against the side a bit so it breaks up like a normal one instead of being like cardboard)
So, this year, when I spotting the pudding back on the superwalmart shelves, I decided to try it again. And add pumpkin to the pumpkinless pumpkin pudding pie.
(random observation: jello has some “limited edition” flavors of jello out too right now… strawberry daquiri, pina colada, and margarita. i was rather impressed that they at least had the restraint to not put a jello shots recipe on the box, though I rather expected one there.)
So I added a can of pumpkin into my pie this time. This idea was not so brilliant. It doesn’t taste awful… it just didn’t set up as well, and I think it tasted a lot better without it.
How sad is it that I prefer my pie with fake pumpkin?
Well, maybe the pudding has some real pumpkin in it as an ingredient, but you know what I mean.
(random duh: my stove has this drawer thing that the burners slide into, and it makes a 6-8 inch ledge when they are hidden. at least once a month i intentionally pull the drawer out for some reason with something on the ledge and dump it when the ledge disappears suddenly. you would think after a few catastrophies i would remember this, but i never do. my feet almost wore a pie tonight)