Friday, December 11, 2015

Eggnog pudding pie


I think this will be my last pie post of 2015.... meaning that I only made it to 15 pies, not my goal of 25. It was a lofty goal to be sure, but for whatever reason I thought I'd be able to do it! But, 15 is still a respectable amount and I'll be continuing to post pies in the future, of course. My pie making (and crust making) skills have definitely improved through the year. Eggnog pie was high on my list for the holidyas. We always enjoy eggnog, and putting it in a pie seemed like a great idea to me! This pie is super easy because I cheated and used pudding mix in the filling. While I'd usually make the filling all from scratch, this time of year I'm a big fan of some help and shortcuts in the kitchen. So if you and your family enjoy eggnog, this is a nice holiday dessert for you!


Eggnog pudding pie
for the crust: 
1-1/2 cups ground graham crackers (about 10 full sheets)
pinch of salt
2 packed tablespoons light brown sugar
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
for the filling:
1 package (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding mix
2 cups eggnog
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar   

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

If you have used a food processor to break down your graham crackers, pulse in the salt and brown sugar until combined (or just mix together in a bowl). Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the melted butter until well-combined. Gently press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate (I find a small glass or measuring cup helps with this). Bake for 10 minutes and set aside.

Whisk together the pudding mix, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch is a medium pot over medium heat. Let the mixture come to a low boil and cook, whisking often, until it thickens, about 5 minutes.

Pour the pudding mixture into the baked crust and spread it evenly. Cover with plastic wrap, gently pushing the wrap down to touch the top of the pie (to avoid "pudding skin") and refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight.

Before serving, beat the whipping cream and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until it forms soft peaks. Spread the whipped cream evenly over the pudding layer of the pie. Top with an extra sprinkle of nutmeg and serve cold.


What was I cooking one year ago?: hot buttered spiced apple cider w/ rum
Two years ago?: sauerkraut two ways 
Three years ago?: celery root & parsnip latkes w/ horseradish sour cream 
Four years ago?: mixed mushroom ragu w/ pasta 
Five?: gingerbread pancakes w/ clementine yogurt sauce 
6?: lemon poppyseed muffins

15 comments:

  1. my husband would love this...eggnog and pies are basically his two favorite things. i've got to make this for him! :)

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  2. I haven't baked with eggnog in FOREVER!! This looks so good!

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  3. It must have tasted heavenly! Love eggnog in the baking goods.

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  4. Hi Amy, I think 15 is a very respectable amount of pies to bake. This looks like a real winner and a wonderful way for the last pie of the the year.

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  5. Yum! I love eggnog - I've got a batch in the fridge now! I never thought of making a pudding pie with it...looks & sounds wonderful!

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  6. 15 pies is awesome! I have only made a few and I really feel more comfortable with graham or cookie crusts! This eggnog pie looks fantastic for the holidays. I bet it disappeared fast!

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  7. I'm so impressed by you making 15 pies! Eggnog pie sounds like a great choice for a Christmas meal.

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  8. I think it is always good to set ourselves goals, even if we don't reach them.
    I haven't had any eggnog yet - I must change that.

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  9. I love that you wanted to make lots of pies this year, 15 is certainly a good number! This looks like a great one to finish on.

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  10. 15 pies is still awesome! And if you had made the full 25, your pants probably wouldn't be fitting by this point in the goal anyway, so maybe 15 is better anyway. ;) Kidding! This pie looks fantastic, and what a great one for Christmas. Delicious!

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  11. This is just the perfect dessert for the season.

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  12. Well done you. 15 is 15 more than none. I love pies, especially sweet pies . The last on of the 15 for 2015 is very delicious looking!

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  13. Love the idea of eggnog pie! Very creative. And 15 pies this year? That's awesome! Congrats on that. Hope your holidays are wonderful.

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  14. 15 pies is definitely a respectable amount. I make 1 pie a year, so I'm certainly impressed. This eggnog pie was a great one to end on. Very seasonal and who doesn't love eggnog? YUM!!!!
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!! See you in 2016!

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