OR 2. Steam: Fill large pot with 1″ of water in the bottom, cut pumpkin into large chunks (with skin on), bring to boil, turn down to simmer, cover and steam for 25-30 minutes. Drain.
Either way, let it cool before you peel (or cut) the skin away from the pulp.
Meanwhile, make the dough. I used my Grandma Kahler’s Recipe, using butter instead of Crisco and hard white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. Cut out dough using jar lids (I recommend using the lid from a jar that’s one size larger than the jars you’ll be using) and press dough into half cup or half pint jars; mini pumpkin pie idea from Little Bit Funky blog.
Once cooked pumpkin is cool, peel and cut into smaller pieces and pulse in a food processor until smooth (Note: for the roasted version, you may need to add up to 1/4 c. water, but caution not to make it too watery; for the steamed, you may need to press and drain with a cheese cloth, paper towel or fine mesh sieve).
I used the recipe from the On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals, 2nd edition, by Sarah R. Labensky and Alan M. Hause (copyright by Prentice Hall in NJ, 1999, pages 954-5) that yields enough pie filling for 4 9″ pies:
Ingredients: 4 slightly beaten eggs, 2 lbs. pumpkin puree, 12 oz. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground ginger, 24 oz. evaporated milk.
Instructions: “1. Combine the eggs and pumpkin. Blend in the sugar. 2. Add the salt and spices, then the evaporated milk. Whisk until completely blended and smooth. 3. Allow the filling to rest for 15-20 minutes before filling the pie shells. This allows the starch in the pumpkin to begin absorbing liquid, making it less likely to separate after baking. 4. Pour the filling into unbaked pie shells. Place in the oven on a preheated sheet pan at 400F (200C). Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350F (180C) and bake until knife inserted near the center comes out clean, approximately 40-50 minutes.”
Here’s another recipe for Pie in a Jar from “The Nerd’s Wife” blog.
Note: I added the little cut out leaves and pastry pumpkins about half way through baking, so they didn’t sink to the bottom. Also, I test the pumpkins about 1″ from the center instead of directly in the center. Custard type pies continue to cook after you pull them out of the oven.
Store remaining puree in glass jars and store in the refrigerator or measure out into the right amount for pumpkin pie or muffins and freeze in Ziploc freezer bags.