Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie


I forgot to take a picture of the pie and by the time I remembered this is all that was left.

I started baking with my mom when I was 15, because she used to sell cakes and the main type of cakes she made were for weddings and quincenieras they 3 or 4 tier cakes, so they were a lot of hard work, it took all weekend long. And I hated it because I knew it was going to be a long weekend. It was going to be baking and decorating all night long and all day long from Thursday to Saturday.

So when she finally stopped baking cakes to sell I was happy, although… she still baked she would experiment  creating different types of dessert recipes for our family functions, so baking became  fun again, because it wasn’t ALL THE TIME and it wasn’t all weekend long.

One year during the holidays I was working and we had a thanks giving potluck the week before thanksgiving and someone brought in a pumpkin cheesecake pie and I really don’t like cheesecake but I do like pumpkin. So I was curious to try it. I tasted just a little piece and I fell in love with it. So I asked for the recipe and she sure she would bring it to me the following day, a secret recipe but she gave me a print out from the Food Network which was ok, but I was expecting her grandma’s secret recipe.  I wanted to impress my family for thanksgiving so I volunteered to bring pumpkin pie for our family Thanksgiving dinner.  On Thanksgiving Day I woke up bright and early and went shopping for all ingredients to make my pies .  When we get to dinner I see two packaged pumpkin pies from food for less on the table I was so upset , because I was in charge of the dessert and I worked so hard and I was in charge of dessert and he was in charge of something else  and he brought pumpkin pies from food for 4 less. But I didn’t say anything.  I noticed somebody opened the packaged pies and everybody started eating from those pies and nobody touched my pies, and I was so hurt and upset that I left early and I did take my pies with me.  The next day everyone came over to our house for left overs, for the turkey sandwiches because we always have the tradition of eating left over Thanksgiving sandwiches. And my mom said, “Oh take out your pies.” And I said,” No I am not going to take out my pies, because they didn’t want to eat them last night, so I am not going to share them today.” She ignored me went and took out the pies,  and finally somebody tried my pies and of course they fell in love with it and I knew that they would. Now every year they beg me to make my pumpkin cheese cake pie.


Origins of the pumpkin pie:

In 1621- Early American settlers of Plymouth, Plantation, the first permanent European settlement in southern New England might have made something like a pumpkin dessert by using a hollowed out pumpkin filling it with milk, honey and spices, then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present day pumpkin pie with crust did not exist, as ovens to bake pies were not available the time

Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins.  They roasted or boiled to eat. Historians believe that settlers were not very impressed by the Indians squash or pumpkin until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. The Native Americans brought pumpkin.  This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America!

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