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Libby’s New-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie With Dulce de Leche and Cardamom

Libby’s New-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie With Dulce de Leche and Cardamom 8.000

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Nov 14, 2019

Libby's Pumpkin has updated its back-of-the-package pie for the first time since 1950, and we've taken the modifications a little further. The updated recipe eliminated granulated sugar in favor of sweetened condensed milk, and we figured dulce de leche made a natural next step. The result is a smooth, slightly caramelized pie with deeper flavor, a lovely, burnished color and an almost flan-like texture.

We amped up the spices, too -- increasing the ginger and cinnamon, and subbing floral cardamom and earthy nutmeg for the cloves. Adjust these flavors, or add others, to suit your taste.

You'll need a 9- or 9 1/2-inch pie dish.

Make Ahead: The pie can be made up to 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate.

8 - 10

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Tested size: 8-10 servings; makes one 9- or 9 1/2-inch pie

  • One 13.4-ounce can dulce de leche, such as La Lechera brand
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for optional garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • One 15-ounce can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • One unbaked 9 or 9 1/2-inch pie shell, store-bought or homemade (see related recipe)
  • Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the middle.

Transfer the dulce de leche to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds to 1 minute. It should be just warm, not hot, and soft enough to be easily incorporated into the filling. Let cool slightly.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Whisk in the pumpkin and spice mixture. Gradually whisk in the evaporated milk. Whisk in the dulce de leche a little at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Pour the filling into the pie shell.

Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. The pie will be mostly set but still jiggle a bit in the center.

Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Top with the whipped cream and dust with cinnamon, if desired. Serve, or refrigerate until needed.

Recipe Source

From Voraciously lead writer Becky Krystal, adapted from a recipe on the Libby's Pumpkin label.

Tested by Becky Krystal.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 10, with the flaky pie dough): 220

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 65mg 22%

Sodium: 210mg 9%

Total Carbohydrates: 30g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 23g

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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