return of the PPO: cream cheese pumpkin pie

by Jasmine Turner on January 10, 2012

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My friend, Stevie, a WC bigwig, just had a birthday. I couldn’t make it to see him physically that day, as I’m so glamorous that I was travelling abroad or something equally fabulous. But I missed him, so the next time we met for dinner, I brought over a pumpkin pie with a message, “Happy Belated Birthday,” in red cake icing.

cream cheese pumpkin pie

cream cheese pumpkin pie

The process of making the pie and doing all the mixing feels good during the gloomy weather we’ve been having in San Francisco. Creating the dessert feels cheerful and productive, and you get the reward of sharing deliciousness with friends. Every year when it gets cold outside I crave comfort food like pumpkin pie. I try to make my pies healthy, without too much fat or eggs. I’ve been experimenting so this time I tried it with cream cheese for a different flavor. Look here and here for some more variations.

cream cheese pumpkin pie

“Whole Foods” pre-made whole wheat pie crust (making it easy as pie as you don’t have to roll out the dough!)
one package of cream cheese
one can of pure pumpkin
½ cup of maple syrup
¾ cup of pure cane sugar
½ cup of soy milk
3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice from “Trader Joes”

Pre heat oven to 375F.

Soften the cream cheese and mix it together with the pumpkin, soy milk, sugar, maple syrup and spices until you get a smooth texture with no lumps. Fill your pre made pie crust. Then bake for 45 minutes for a yummy pie. Cool and decorate if you want.

The cream cheese adds a certain pleasant thickness and consistency that was different from other pies I’ve made. We all enjoyed this with a refreshing after-dinner drink.

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Magic of Spice January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Stevie! I adore pumpkin pie and would love it in place of a birthday
cake any day 🙂
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Anna January 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Many Happy Returns Stevie!!!!!!!!

raquel January 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I actually looking for cheesecake recipe and I just bump into your blog …this cake looks great and for me anything that with cream cheese is absolutely delicious because it is my favorite and I love it.

John Emergency January 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Thank you! I will definitely try this recipe. But I should use different message like “Happy Belated Anniversary Love” O.o

But hey, Happy Birthday Stevie!! 🙂

Spencer D January 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love good recipes and this is the first time I have seen a pumpkin pie with red frosting, I will use this for my next birthday gift I think. Thanks for the delicious recipe. I will get baking soon =)
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Alaiyo Kiasi January 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

This recipe is as easy as–well, you know. I love the soy milk as an ingredient because I avoid cow’s milk. There is a soy version of cream cheese at my local organic market. Do you think it would work? This is such a simple and approachable (for me) recipe, that I would be brave enough to experiment. I’m notoriously shy about making desserts. If I try it this weekend, I’ll be sure to post about it and let you know how it turns out.
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Heguiberto January 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hi Alaiyo,

You can go vegan with this recipe. We’ve had it vegan before and it is yummy either way.

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