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Tofurkey

Some of you may have seen nuwishas_tail's recent entry on his Thanksgiving feasting. As you may have guessed, my folks have decided not to host a Thanksgiving meal this year because my mother "really wants to focus on having the house clean for christmas". Uh-huh.

Anyway, we spawn of the family love our turkey and are not to be detered. I am going to be roasting a whole turkey, because for some uncanny reason it's something I've picked up the racial memory to do, and I was planning on baking a pumpkin pie as well... but I couldn't get a hold of the filling (or pureed pumpkin in a can).

Disaster!

So I've been looking at other things to cook in the place of pumpkin pie (corn bread and possibly a cranberry cream pie as well), when I came across something I had thought was merely a legend. An urban myth. Something parents told their children to frighten them into good behaviour...

The tofu turkey. Or, as most would know it, the tofurkey.

I now have two recipes for the horror. I am tempted to give it a shot, if for no other reason than because it is so terrible that I will not be able to concieve of it until I try it...

Photos will follow of my cooking exploits.

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sleazemonkey
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
what sort of filling do you need for pumpkin pie, pumpkin?
miss_rynn
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Pumpkin, eggs, spices, treacle, condensed milk... that sort of thing. The problem is that the pumpkin needs to be pureed or something first - in the US, you can buy it in a can ready to go, but that's mard to get a hold of here...
rachelholkner
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
I have the easiest, best tasting pumpkin pie recipe in the world. It starts with "cook the pumpkin" but I swear it's worth it. Want?
Oh, hi. I'm Rachel.
:-)
miss_rynn
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
That would be grand - but time is my main concern at the moment... But pumpkin pie is pumpkin pie.

... And, Hi Rachel! This is a little embarassing, but where do I know you from?
rachelholkner
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
Pumpkin Pie Recipe
1 1/2 cups butternut pumpkin cooked and mashed (that's half a raw one) I have used a potato masher, but a blender leads to less lumps in the pie.
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice OR 1/4 tsp cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla (the good stuff)
1 tablespoon flour
1 2/3 cup evaporated milk or rich cream

Mix in order given, pour into an uncooked pie crust and bake at 230C for 15 minutes. Reduce to 180C and cook a further 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
For the pie crust I always just use a sheet of shortcrust pastry squished into a pie shaped dish.

That's the recipe as I was given it, but I adapted it for the time I was vegan and I always do it this way now (no one can tell). Just follow the recipe above but omit the eggs and evaporated milk/cream and replace with one packet of silken tofu that has been drained and blended. The cooking time is then just 30-35 minutes.

I hope it works out for you if you try it.
:-)

Oh, please don't be embarrassed, we've never met. I'm an LJ crazy who reads the friends of friends pages and then pretends they're her own. It's not something I'm very proud of. *wry smile*
miss_rynn
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Mmmm - pie. Thanks for the recipe! And for identifying yourself! Yay!
sleazemonkey
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
i *may* have a barmix where im staying...shall i check?
miss_rynn
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
'sokay - I have one. Unless you want to bake the pie in question?
sleazemonkey
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
Mmm... pies not really my deal, and with the other stuff im pondering bringing, me thinks that maybe i wont have time tommorrow...
miss_rynn
Nov. 25th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
'Sokay. Anything you an bring will be grand!
real_bad_karma
Nov. 25th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanks giving, sent an SMS to ur bro, let me know how the pumpkin pie works out
vaempyress
Nov. 29th, 2004 09:05 am (UTC)
Hey,
Not sure if you know the USA shop in Bentleigh.. I know they get some stuff in a different times of year...
They may have the required "pumpkin in a can" and if not you can get orders..
:)
miss_rynn
Nov. 29th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
I did... and that is where we eventually got our pumpkin can. :)
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