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Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

I made one once but it was so much work and didn't taste quite right so I prefer buying this time around. Plus, I'd like to buy 4-5 and freeze them.

Anywhere in Basel, France or Germany? I'm homesick
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Old 12.10.2011, 14:30
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

I haven't seen them anywhere but at Peace Foods. And I'm guessing theirs are too nice to freeze...
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

For that special pumpkin taste, you can find canned pumpkin at the americanmarket.ch
They also have graham cracker pie crusts.
I've never seen any already made pumpkin pies. In Switzerland pumpkin is usually eaten as a salty food (soups, mashed pumpkin etc).
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

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I made one once but it was so much work and didn't taste quite right so I prefer buying this time around. Plus, I'd like to buy 4-5 and freeze them.

Anywhere in Basel, France or Germany? I'm homesick

Count me totally jealous that you have room to freeze 4-5 pies!

I've been toying with the idea of making some pie filling from scratch (the Hokkaido pumpkins are really awesome) but using those HUG tartlet shells instead of a regular sized crust.



Over the summer I use those for keylime tarts which (I believe ) went over quite well at BBQs here, I think they'll be nice for small pumpkin pies too.


To me, the "so much work" part is completely the crust, baking a pumpkin isn't a big deal, but making a crust from scratch (as my mother does) is not something I care to do... maybe the tartelettes will be a decent compromise for you like they are for me.
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I agree about the hokkikado (baaad spelling there) pumpkins. There is also a flat green pumpkin that seems to come from Italy.. Delicia or something - both are dense and sweet, not fibrous. A kombucha might also do the trick. I mash up hobnobs to make a Graham cracker like crust. We're not so big on crust anyway. I was thinking of trying out a clafouti recipe --- eggs, milk, sugar, a little flour, pumpkin mashed, or just make a pumpkin custard. Yummmmmm.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

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To me, the "so much work" part is completely the crust, baking a pumpkin isn't a big deal, but making a crust from scratch (as my mother does) is not something I care to do... maybe the tartelettes will be a decent compromise for you like they are for me.
Peg A: you have the best ideas! Using the tartelettes sounds like a good compromise, especially when the focus is on the filling. Plus the tartelettes are also closer to the Swiss "norm" for pastries. I'm now thinking about lemon meringue tartelettes. Yum!

For our own consumption, I sometimes try one of the pastry shells from the fridge section, but pumpkin pie is not complete without a homemade crust. Making the crust is the most work, especially if using canned pumpkin, but it's worth it.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

Haven't found any pumpkin pies in Switzerland so decided to make one from scratch, thanks to my mom for her recipe. I bought ready-made dough in the Migros, steamed a cut-up pumpkin to soften it up before pureeing, then added the rest of the ingredients. It was about 20 minutes work but well well worth it!

Pumpkin pie (28 cm diameter)

2 eggs
2 cups pumpkin puree (used a Migros "Speise Kürbis")
3/4 cup sugar
dash of nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 cloves (powder)
dash of vanilla extract (optional)
1 2/3 cups mixed milk and cream

In preheated oven at 210 degrees for 15 minutes, then down to 175 degrees for an hour.

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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

to ElJeFe: Just curious, what dough do you use - Blatterteig or Kuchenteig. I have not found one that gives the same texture as a home made pie crust.
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to ElJeFe: Just curious, what dough do you use - Blatterteig or Kuchenteig. I have not found one that gives the same texture as a home made pie crust.
I use the Kuchenteig from Migros or Aldi, though I must admit that my mom's home made crust is more flavorful; I'm just too lazy to make it myself. I will double (2 packs) the Kuchenteig next time and spice it with cinnamon and cloves. I thought the crust should have been slightly thicker.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

Bought a couple of Libby's pumpkin puree online and while waiting for them, happened across the small dark orange sugar pumpkins in France. When the Libby's got here, just followed the recipe on the can but used the fresh pumpkins instead and I'll be darned that they came out perfectly and tasted so authentic!

I'm so thrilled and now I can stash the cans to make pumpkin pie during off-season
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

In terms of a pie crust, I found that a mürbeteig sometimes works. Yeah, it's not a real pie crust, but it definitely is interesting.

Just another thing to try.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

Probably not the best answer for OP, but there are two possibilities around here.

First, although it already passed this year, the Fete de Courge (pumkin festival), takes place in October every year in St Prex, they have everything pumpkin, especially the courge tarte, pumpkin pie.

Last week the Manor at Chavannes de Bogis also was selling courge tarte in the bakery section.

But I agree with the others, most of the time I just make it myself.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

I was wondering how lackerlei (sorry for the baaad spelling) might work as piecrust, similar to graham cracker crumbs. You'd have to balance the spices in the pumpkin, perhaps make it a little bland.

I made pumpkin custard (pumpkin pie without the crust) last week from a delicia and it was quite yummy. Knirps (is that the same as hokkikado?) - looks like a big orange onion - might work well too.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

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The problem with laeckerli is that it is quite gooey soft, at least when fresh, and not brittle for smashing. You could try drying it out for a few days to see if could be broken into crumbs but I think it would be difficult. Perhaps use some of those digestive biscuits, or some others down the biscuit aisle.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

I often see a lot of Americana in the German grocery stores. Has anyone seen any pumpkin pies or canned pumpkin in any German stores in recent weeks?
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I often see a lot of Americana in the German grocery stores. Has anyone seen any pumpkin pies or canned pumpkin in any German stores in recent weeks?
Last time I was at Rewe in Weil am Rhine it appeared their little American food section was fully stocked - unfortunately, the store clerks had their stocking carts right in front of it (3 of them even) so I didn't get a good look at what they had. They HAVE had pumpkin puree in the past though. (The one I usually visit is on Haupstrasse, in the same building with an Aldi and Müller)


American Food Ave carries Libby's pumpkin for "only" 3.75chf - sometimes their prices are better than Rewe, sometimes not. It's currently out of stock though but the website says they are expecting more in soon.
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Re: Where to find Pumpkin Pie?

Ive seen loads of them in Migros and Coop. They come in separate parts though and you have to put them together at home




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