Pumpkin Pie Soup

Pumpkin Pie Soup

I love Halloween with the same fervor that loud, obtrusive Bubbes love to kvetch. Which is to say, quite a bit.   Normally I don’t come up with a costume idea until the day of because, like the genius of Bowie and Freddie, my ingenuity tends to shine while under pressure.  Take these three last-minute costumes I donned on All Hallow’s Eve past:

  • The original woman of power, Oprah.
  • MC Hammer. Complete with gold lamé-lined jacket and homemade hammer pants.
  • Sarah Jessica parker

SOMEHOW the Sarah Jessica Parker getup was more immediately recognizable than Hammer.  I mostly blame this new generation’s severe deficiency of the Funky Headhunter, because that Hammer costume was 2 Legit 2 Quit.

My other favorite thing to do during Halloween when I’m not gender bending, making terrible puns, or sporting deceptively comfortable hammer pants, is to work the kitchen like a Heidi Klum and Ina Garten hybrid.

When it’s October in Florida and you’re beset with pumpkins and kitchen fever, you really have no other choice than to put on your smartest looking spectacles, lay out your equipment, and get to experimenting.  I also like to throw my hands up and laugh maniacally while I mix shit together, which is usually a sign that I’ve been drinking.

The typical choice for using up pumpkins is the ever-doted pumpkin pie, which leaves me feeling as though the pumpkin was given an unfair role, condemned to mediocrity. Like the congregations of Girl Scouts that darken the doorway of every grocery store in the country demanding payment for their overpriced crack treats, I can never evade the inevitable barrage of pumpkin pie fever that comes around this time each year.  Also unlike Girl Scouts, pumpkin pies don’t cry when evaded or given the middle finger (also a sign that I’ve been drinking).

I have never been one for pumpkin pie given the varied choice of other pie options, and really, I’ve always had an aversion to pies in general.  My proclivity to sweets has never included the crust-encapsulated desserts the majority of the nation seems to enjoy.  While I maintain a certain adoration for meaty, stew-filled pot pies in all forms, sugary sweets and savory, flaky crusts as a couple have never appealed to me.  Much like the inexplicable partnership of Oprah and Stedman, the world has just come to accept this strange twosome, and it feels wrong.

Beautiful White Chocolate

The obvious fix is to remove the crust, but then we’re left with puddings, custards and cobblers; nothing evolutionary.  Generally when I want to make a pie I resort to a cookie crumble crust because, unlike phyllo and standard crusts, cookie crumble crusts don’t taste like sadness and broken dreams.

Instead I made a soup.  A pumpkin pie soup!  That’s a natural progression, right?  To go from pie to soup?  In any case, as weird as it sounds, this soup was totally the jam.  Comprised of heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, fresh pumpkin puree, allspice and white chocolate, how could it be anything other than THE JAM?

This soup is incredibly thick, rich and heady, and is best served hot, which is a stark contrast to the traditionally cooled pumpkin pie.  And for those missing the crusty component of your precious pie, the soup is also served with an allspice cream-filled puff pastry breadstick.  Topped with a dollop of cream, you’re ready to dip your spoon into this sticky vat of ethereal sweetness and prepare yourself for a soupy ride you’re not likely to forget anytime this season.

Puff Pastry Breadstick

Now that Halloween is fast approaching, what seasonal treats are you preparing?  And more importantly, what am I going to be for Halloween!?

PUMPKIN PIE SOUP

Pumpkin Pie Soup

Happy Halloween, Sucka

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8 Comments

  • Kristin H. :)
    October 28, 2011 - 6:54 pm | Permalink

    You look very strange as a black man. But this soup sounds soooo yummy!!!! Make me some this very instant!!!!!

    • Kerry
      November 1, 2011 - 11:59 pm | Permalink

      I think I make Hammer look good!

  • Bikermonster77
    October 30, 2011 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    This recipe looks great, but I don’t see the pumpkin puree in the ingredients list or in the cooking instructions :O Am I missing something??

    • Kerry
      October 30, 2011 - 8:58 pm | Permalink

      Holy moly! How did I forget the most important ingredient?! Thanks for catching that, I’ve updated it and it is all correct now :)

      • Bikermonster77
        October 30, 2011 - 9:00 pm | Permalink

        Great! Thanks :) I’ve been put in charge of Thanksgiving this year and I think I’ll try this out instead of the usual pumkin pie :D

        • Kerry
          November 1, 2011 - 11:59 pm | Permalink

          Awesome! Let me know how it turns out if you do!

  • Jackie Hinton
    December 2, 2011 - 3:03 am | Permalink

    I was there for OOOPPPPPRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

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