Monday, August 1, 2011

Oh My, Pumpkin Pie - A Taste of Fall in the Summer!

Let me preface my first post by saying I was/am the cooking "runt" of my family.  I have to try hard to learn from my cooking mistakes and follow directions to a "T".  So, if I sound a bit "cooking for dummies" sometimes - that's because I, personally, need step-by-step instructions and I enjoy seeing photos of what everything should look like (so I know I am doing things correctly) - so I've done the same for you!  With that being said... on to the post...

As everyone is dreaming of cooler weather, my husband and I have been craving a taste of the fall - pumpkin... specifically, a pumpkin/chocolate chip spice cake with cream cheese frosting that I typically make in the fall (I have to credit that idea to my sister-in-law).  Oh yeah, my friends, it's delish!!  However, for some reason, our grocery stores here are just now suffering from the pumpkin shortage of years past.  There is no pumpkin to be found - anywhere!  I have been on a pumpkin search for weeks!  FOILED AGAIN!  I did, however, find some pumpkin pie filling.  So I improvised with a pumpkin, cream cheese and chocolate chip pie.  Weeeeeeeee!


1 can of pumpkin pie filling
1 5oz can of evaporated milk
2 eggs
4 oz of cream cheese (at room temperature)
3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 prepared pie shell


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Line a deep dish pie plate with the pie shell, folding any excess at the top underneath itself and "smooshing" the edges.  I use a fork.  This doesn't have to look perfect.  The filling will cover most of this.

Beat the eggs and the cream cheese together.  Add the pumpkin pie filling and the evaporated milk.  Mix well.  I say "mix" here because trying to beat the filling and milk into the cream cheese and eggs is quite messy - so just mix it well with a spatula or spoon.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Pour your mixture into the pie shell.

Bake at 425 for 15 mintues.  Lower the oven temperature to 350 and bake for another 80-90 minutes.

Let the pie cool completely.  Top with a scoop of ice cream or cool whip and get your eat on!  Super easy and very yummy.
The Finished Product
Go forth, humans, and make something yummy!!

Comments, questions, suggestions?  Want me to try a recipe that you love?  Let me know!


  1. I never would have thought to mix chocolate and pumpkin. Sounds really good. I hope that when you find canned pumpkin you share the cake recipe. That sounds yummy too!

  2. I know you don't like pralines or nuts in general, but Andrew might. Below is a link to my recipe for Banana Praline Cake. Happy baking!