You don’t have to be watching the latest episodes of Downton Abbey to enjoy a special night with fellow fans. Granted the UK is currently dining on Season 4, but with fans in over 220 countries, and so many ways to watch from TV to Tablet, it is likely someone is savouring an episode right now with a cuppa. Lucky us.
Big news in our family is that after the tireless efforts of cousin Lady L (her lovely place setting graces the cover of my book) tracing Lord D’s family back 32 generations, we have completed the paperwork to claim him as an Empire Loyalist. United Empire Loyalists stayed loyal to British Crown during the American Revolution, moving north to settle into free land in British North America (Canada) King George III awarded his loyal subjects. A certification ceremony will be held in a few weeks and Lord D is so proud that he will be sharing this moment with his Uncle J. who will also be certified. Stay tuned.
Today’s treat is low fat pumpkin pie. Autumn is in the air and so are those lovely fragrant pumpkin spices. With US Thanksgiving on the horizon, there is still some time to get in some practice to help you perfect your holiday pie.
Part of the allure is the smell of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger), so fill up your kitchen with these wonderful smells by trying a few of these delights:
- Guilt Free Pumpkin Tartlets (a wee taste of pumpkin pie)
- Low Fat Edwardian Pumpkin Banana Bread
- Pumpkin Bran Loaf/Muffins
- Pumpkin Waffles
- Pumpkin Scones
- Flavourful Low Fat Pumpkin Bread
Cook the Downton Way: A pumpkin yields a lot of flesh, and while canned pumpkin is convenient, you can easily make your own pumpkin purée.
ITV is currently broadcasting the latest Season 4 in the UK. In the US and Canada, PBS launches in January (see the countdown clock above). Each week I share Downton news, but if you haven’t seen all seasons (1-4) beware of spoilers below.
- What is your Downton Dish? Pin your picture on new Downton Abbey Pinterest Board
- Modernization continues: The real Downton” village not happy with plans for development
- A fun book for the kids: Mouseton Abbey Fun Book for the Kids
- Introducing black characters: Julian Fellowes on the need for more black actors on English TV.
What I will Say about Season 4
Since Downton fans span the globe I am watching along with the UK fans, but promise not to divulge major spoilers before January. I did keep quiet last year (although it was really hard) so I think I can be trusted, mostly.
There are a few things I will say about Season 4E5:
- Someone at Downton visits the Ritz to test their cooking skills in the 1920s version of Master Chef.
- Mrs. Patmore flinches at the prospect of another new fangled appliance.
- An old courtier from Season 1 pays a visit to the Crawleys.
Abbey Cooks Entertain
With 220 traditional Downton era recipes with a modern twist, this is a great book to have on hand when planning a Downton cocktail party, a romantic dinner, or hearty downstairs meal with family and friends.
Book sales help offset my costs in food, equipment and time to keep bringing you new dishes each week.
While the book is available on Amazon, sh here on my site. If you don’t have an eReader I would suggest the PDF version which allows you to print recipes as you go, if you wish.
All the Taste, Half the Guilt Pumpkin Pie
Perfecting your Pumpkin Pie Tips
- Avoid using disposable foil pans, since they are too shallow for your pie and more prone to burn. They are also harder to handle, and if you are klutz like me, the kitchen cat might end up with your dessert on the floor.
- Chilling the custard ingredients for a few hours or overnight allows the spices to blend. So you can prepare your crust and filling ahead of time and then pull it quickly together the day of your event.
- Pumpkin (and other custard) pies can crack as the edges finish cooking before the centre has set and when the pie cools, it contracts and forms the cracks. Two options:
- Beginner cover up: if you already have cracks, you can easily fix that heating a offset spatula and smoothing out the crack on a chilled pie (VIDEO), or by covering with decorative pieces of pie crust, spoon on that topping to disguise the blemishes, or cut the pie before serving.
- Abbey Cook Water Bath: bake the pie in a water bath by placing the pie in a large roasting pan, and place in the oven. Pour boiling water into the pan until way way up the sides of the pie plate.
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