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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie
As much as I love a classic pumpkin pie, I am always on the lookout for ways to spice it up. Pumpkin pie can get boring after a while, particularly if you have a dozen of them in just a couple of weeks during the fall pie season between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Fortunately, pumpkin goes with all kinds of different flavors and just by tweaking the spices here and there – adding cardamom along with pumpkin pie spice, for instance – you can have a whole new pie experience. Here, I was inspired by the Salted Caramel Sauce from Trader Joe’s and incorporated it into a Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie.

This pie uses salted caramel sauce as both a sweetener and a flavoring for the pie filling. The salted caramel adds a lot of flavor but, unlike simply adding more sugar, the fact that it has salt in it keeps the pie from seeming too sweet. The pumpkin flavor comes through very well and the pie tastes slightly more complex than your standard pumpkin pie. I used a homemade pie crust and added a touch of cinnamon to highlight some of the spices in the pie. Some salted caramel drizzled on top of some lightly sweetened whipped cream finished off this pie perfectly.

If you can find salted caramel sauce in a grocery store in your neighborhood, feel free to use it in this recipe. If not (which is more likely), you can use homemade caramel sauce or regular store-bought caramel sauce and add a generous pinch of salt to it to get that mouthwatering sweet-savory flavor.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie, bitten

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie
dough for 9-inch pie crust, recipe below
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (1 15-oz. can)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8-oz salted caramel sauce*
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425F.
Roll out pie dough until it is slightly larger than a 9-inch pie plate. Transfer crust to plate and gently press into place. Trim excess dough off of the edges and crimp crust, if desired. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree and all remaining ingredients until mixture is very smooth. Pour into prepared pie crust.
Bake for 15 minutes at 425F, then lower oven temperature to 350F and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes, until pie is set and a sharp knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool completely before serving.
Pie can be refrigerated or served at room temperature.
Garnish with whipped cream and additional caramel sauce.

Serves 8-10.

Note: If you cannot find salted caramel sauce, use regular caramel sauce (homemade or store bought) and add in a very generous pinch of salt

Single Crust All-Butter Pie Dough
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into chunks
6-8 tbsp cold water

Whisk together flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Rub in butter with your fingertips until mixture is very coarse, but no pieces bigger than a large pea remain. Using a fork, gradually stir in cold water until dough almost comes together into a ball (you might not need to use all the water, so add it in as you go). This process may be done in the food processor, as well.
Gather the dough together, press into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30-60 minutes before using.

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  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers
    November 8, 2010

    That salted caramel from TJ’s is sooo delicious…genius idea putting it in pumpkin pie! We are definitely going to be giving this recipe a go…yummy!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black
    November 8, 2010

    This looks like it would be great for Thanksgiving!

  • the blissful baker
    November 8, 2010

    pumpkin pie is my favorite, and salted desserts are my latest obsession. this looks fantastic!

  • Judy
    November 8, 2010

    The pumpkin pie looks good with the cream and caramel sauce!

  • LimeCake
    November 9, 2010

    wow salted caramel and pumpkin? gosh that looks fantastic!

  • marla {family fresh cooking}
    November 9, 2010

    Nicole, love the idea of the salted caramel sauce topping on this pumpkin pie. I never get sick of pumpkin pie – but this recipe would assure that 🙂

  • I too get bored with pumpkin pie! This is a great way to spice it up. You should check out the pumpkin praline cheesecake I just made for Project Pastry Queen, I added a bit of extra salt to the praline and it was absolute heaven! Great combo.

  • Oh this looks SO good! I this twist on the traditional pie!

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    November 9, 2010

    The salted caramel is a great addition to pumpkin pie- it sounds delectable!

  • Cara
    November 10, 2010

    I think I’m going to add this to my Thanksgiving baking! The combination of salted caramel and pumpkin sounds amazing. We don’t have a TJ near us, but I’m going to try making my own salted caramel sauce. Yummy!

  • Stephanie
    November 16, 2010

    I made this pie for a party last week and it was a huge success. Everyone loved it, even people who traditionally don’t like pumpkin pie were raving.


  • Brianna
    November 25, 2010

    I made this tonight for Thanksgiving, and everyone wanted the recipe. Thank you so much for all you share!

  • Stephanie
    November 25, 2010

    I made this pie again with an oatmeal cookie crust. WONDERFUL! What a great recipe!

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