Sous Vide Pumpkin Pie

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It's Fall, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Desserts are the best part of turkey day (obviously), so why not try making them sous vide? Sous vide pumpkin pie will never be curdled or cracked. Instead, the filling is silky smooth and sweet with the earthy taste of pumpkin and warm spices. You'll prepare the custard-based filling in the water bath and transfer it to a dead-simple cookie crust for a polished finish. (Note: The prep time includes 8 hours for chilling the pie.)
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Ingredients for 8

  • 2 cups (497 grams) canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

  • 1 cup (213 grams) dark brown sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2/3 cups (158 mL) heavy cream, plus more, whipped, for serving

  • 2/3 cup (158 mL) whole milk

  • 2 teaspoons (5 grams) ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons (5 grams) ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon (2.5 grams) ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 grams) ground cloves

  • 9 honey graham crackers (142 grams), broken into medium pieces

  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar

  • 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter, melted and kept warm

Directions

  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 176ºF (80ºC). Heat oven to 325ºF (163ºC).

  • Step 2

    Combine pumpkin, brown sugar, and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture is smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl, preferably with a spout. Clean food processor bowl and blade.

  • Step 3

    Add cream, milk, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves to the pumpkin mixture. Stir to mix well.

  • Step 4

    Carefully transfer pumpkin mixture to a large zipper lock bag. Seal the bag using the water immersion technique.

  • Step 5

    Place the bag in the water bath and set the timer for 1 1/2 hours.

  • Step 6

    Meanwhile, make the crust: Combine graham crackers and sugar in the now-clean food processor. Process until graham crackers are ground into fine crumbs, about 1 minute.

  • Step 7

    With processor running, slowly pour melted butter through the feed tube. Continue to process until mixture is the texture of wet sand, 15 to 20 seconds.

  • Step 8

    Transfer graham cracker mixture to a 9-inch pie plate. Using your hands, spread the mixture evenly across the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Use the bottom of a dry measuring cup or drinking class to press mixture into a compact layer.

  • Step 9

    Bake crust until firm and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 1

      When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Transfer to a plate and let cool for 15 minutes. When the bag is cool enough to handle, cut off one of the bottom corners with scissors. Pipe pumpkin mixture into cooled crust. Use a spatula to smooth the top.

    • Step 2

      Transfer pie to the refrigerator and chill until set, around 8 hours or overnight. Bring the pie to cool room temperature before slicing and serving with freshly whipped cream.

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