The Haunted Kitchen Spooktacular

Welcome to Newdie Mag’s Haunted Kitchen! The Haunted Kitchen is home to lots of bad puns and words with extra letters in them to make them spoooooooky. Now it is also home to the Haunted Kitchen Spooktacular. Watch as JR Bruno and comedian Kattoo King give you pumpkin carving tips while the hideous Haunted Kitchen Ghost shows up.

Watch the video above for tips including to carve a hole in the back instead of the top so it will last longer, and to keep the pumpkin guts. Below is a pumpkin pie recipe for those guts. Just use a food processor or blender to purée them first.

Don’t like pumpkin pie? Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. BAM! Two recipes in one article! SPOOKTACULAR! For ideas more from the Haunted Kitchen click here:
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Filling

1 9-inch unbaked pie crust, thawed (Store bought or make your own)
1 can pure pumpkin purée (15 oz each)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1 clove
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream
2 tbs sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Place a rack in the lower-middle position in the oven and preheat to 425 F.

Roll out pie crust, transfer to a 9 inch pie pan, and dress the edges. Chill for 30 minutes while the oven heats.

Dock the dough with a fork, then bake until the edges just start to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Keep oven on at 425 F.

Combine the pumpkin purée, sugars, salt, and spices in a food processor or blender. Blend until brown sugar is completely incorporated.

Lightly cook purée over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is very steamy and too thick to stop stirring without making a mess, 5 minutes or less. Remove pan from heat.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, and eggs. Add a spoonful of the hot pumpkin mixture to the milk mixture and stir. This will temper the eggs.

Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the purée. Whisk in the vanilla.

Fill the pie crust with the pumpkin mix.

Transfer pie to oven, then turn heat down to 375 F. Bake until pie is puffed in the middle, but still jiggles slightly, about 50-60 minutes. If the crust begins to darken before the middle is cooked, cover the crust with foil.

Let the pie cool completely before serving, at least 4 hours but up to over night.

When ready to serve, prepare the whipped cream by whisking together the heavy cream and sugar. It can be done by hand, but is much easier with an electric or stand mixer.

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Joshua Shoopman

Joshua is a lover of travel and food based in New York City

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