Chai Pumpkin Pie

by Kathy Strahs on November 1, 2011 · 14 comments

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I’d been looking for a good excuse to post an updated pumpkin pie recipe on Cooking On the Side. That first pumpkin pie I posted two Thanksgivings ago was great and all, the classic Libby’s version that I and millions around the country have enjoyed for years. But ever since that post I’ve been wanting to challenge myself to bake a pumpkin pie that was more from scratch – roast a pumpkin and make fresh purée, roll out my own pie crust. Well, I found my excuse to bake a new pie in the form of a sticker on a sugar pumpkin.

On the sticker was a pumpkin pie recipe that not only started with making your own pumpkin purée (no surprise there, it’s attached to a pumpkin) but it also called for a rather unusual custard ingredient: a cup of hot water. I researched a slew of other pumpkin pie recipes and not one called for water. And they all have two eggs, while this recipe on the pumpkin sticker only called for one. The closest relative I could find to this type of custard filling was a Chinese egg custard – in that dish, hot water or other liquid is mixed in to create a light, silky texture. I became very intrigued by this water approach.

I couldn’t leave well enough alone. For my pie, I decided to brew a cup of chai in lieu of the plain hot water the recipe called for. The notes of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and star anise in the tea complemented the pumpkin amazingly and enhanced the traditional pie spices. If you’re in the mood for an all-homemade twist on the classic, Chai Pumpkin Pie is definitely a great way to go.

Chai Pumpkin Pie

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 1, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Oh I’m intrigued by the addition of the chai, I love those spices.
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Jeanette November 2, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Love the idea of chai flavoring in pumpkin pie, and so clever to use chai tea instead of water.
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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 2, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Sounds heavenly!
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Helene Dsouza November 2, 2011 at 9:24 AM

chai pumpkin pie.. thats a unseen/untasted combi, very intriguing. Great dish for the christmas season her around. My family will love it.
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Jey November 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Oh wow, I’ll definitely be trying this soon!
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Deb November 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Chai with pumpkin is a very compelling combination of flavors in the classic: pumpkin pie, delightful! I recently sampled a cupcake with chai paired with chocolate. It was lovely!

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Kathy Strahs November 2, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Oooh…chai and chocolate sounds amazing too. It makes sense, chocolate is so great with all of those spices too.

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Jessica November 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

This sounds amazing! I love the addition of the Chai!!
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Michael Strahs November 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM

I am still amazed by how good the filling tasted! Great job, Kathy!

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Salad in a Jar November 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Like you, I have loved Libby’s traditional pumpkin pie for years but have lately been thinking how I could tweak it to make it better. And you did it! I love, love your idea about using Chai tea. Truly inspired!

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Natalie November 2, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Yum! This recipe sounds delicious.
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Kalyn November 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Love the addition of chai, brilliant!
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Carrie November 16, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Oh YES please. It sounds amazing. (by the way, I can never leave well enough alone either when it comes to playing with baking and cooking…a woman after my own heart)
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Emma November 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I love the Chai Pie

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