The result, oddly enough, is a much better pie than the ones I used to make in the U.S.
Update: And this note from my father in Seattle explains why.
Were you not aware that the vast majority of the "pumpkin" sold canned
for pie making is actually a form of squash and not pumpkin?
So that a pumpkin pie make with real pumpkin is actually a rather
different taste than one made from a canned product.
Prepare the pumpkin: Take the pumpkin and cut it into thick slices, removing the seeds and the string but leaving the skin. Put the pumpkin slices on their side on a cookie sheet. Put them in the oven at 180 degrees and cook for one hour.
Take the pumpkin slices out of the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes. Then remove the skin and run the cooked pumpkin through a blender or a robot. At this point it should look like thick soup.
Prepare the crust: This is the third time I've tried to make pie dough in my robot and I still can't get it right. Save yourself some hassle and just buy a pâte brisée (pur beurre) at the supermarket.
Prepare the filling: This is loosely based on the recipe in the Joy of Cooking. In a big bowl mix together:
2 cups worth of pumpkin sauce (what you made in step 1)
3 "bricks" (20 cl) of crème légère fluide (12% mat. fr.)
Roughly 3/4 cup of brown sugar and white sugar (use more white sugar than brown). For a sweeter pie add more white sugar. I personally don't like it that sweet and usually reduce the amount to 1/2 cup.
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
Two pinches of ground nutmeg
One pinch of ground cloves
2 - 3 eggs
This makes roughly 2 pies.
Cooking: Pour the filling into the prepared pie crusts and throw them in the oven at 215 degrees for 15 minutes. Then turn the heat down to 180 and cook for another 45 minutes. Pies are done when you put the tip of a knife into the middle and it comes out clean.
Serving: Delicious served warm with whipped cream. Just as good served cold with whipping cream and a splash of whiskey. Not just for dessert either - cold pumpkin pie makes for an outstanding breakfast.
And what about pumpkins for Jack O' Lanterns? Well, you can't use the same pumpkin for both so you have a decision to make. This year it was easy since the ones I grew weren't really suitable for carving so we bought one at the store and I carved it while my French spouse "helped." (Don't you cut yourself! Is that really the knife you should be using? The teeth are too small. The eyes are too big. You should use a battery-powered candle and not one with a real flame. It should go on the front porch and not right next to the door...)