Pumpkin Spiced Pie

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Red Ribbon Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie!

This year I entered TWO pies in the Fall Festival Pie Contest! The first was a Fig & Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie inspired by the book series “Pie-Jinks” by Selina J. Eckart, and the other was a unique chocolate “countertop pie.” Since the contest does not allow any eggs or dairy, I got creative and made up a new “no refrigeration needed” pie called the Nutty Chocolate Merlot Pie. That chocolate pie did not do well in the contest, the judges HATED it! But my Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie won a second-place ribbon!

Pumpkin Spiced Pie Second Place Ribbon
2nd Place Ribbon Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie
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“Pie-Jinks”

I had been pondering pie for months in anticipation of the annual fall fest pie contest, and looking for a new cozy read. In a Facebook group, I was introduced to Selina J. Eckart‘s fall cozy magical mysteries Pie-Jinks series. I started with Book 1, Vanilla Bean Vampire and I loved it! If you’re looking to cozy up with a warm blanket, a pumpkin-spiced latte, perhaps a nice piece of pie, and a cute cozy book, check out Pie-Jinks!

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Reese, a “Pie Witch” bakes and sells magical pies! She made a Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie that she entered in her local Fall Festival Pie Contest that sounded so good that it inspired me to add pumpkin spice to my Figgy Blueberry Pie!

Folks in Reece’s cozy small town of Cider Hollow started disappearing and coming back days later with no memory of their missing time. Even her pie delivery boy disappeared, and her vampire friend was also acting weird. She decided to get to the bottom of the disappearances, along with her Fae Autumn prince! This cozy series could definitely be a Fall Hallmark Channel special.

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Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spice Pie
Test Pie for the Fall Festival Pie Contest! The crust came out nice and flakey, but it’s needed more pumpkin spice!

The Prequel

The Pie-Jinks books came after a two-book series called Seasons of Magic: Pumpkin & Shades. Pumpkin Spice Pie-Jinks is the prequel to the Pie-Jinks series. It’s a short “meet-cute” story where Reece met her handsome Fae Prince, Forrest, of the Autumn Court. Forrest held the Fall Pie Contest and sent two mischievous autumn sprites to help her, and hijinks ensued! (or Pie-Jinks!) If you plan to read the series, I recommend that you start with the meet cute, Pumpkin Spice Pie-Jinks first for the back story.

Mocha Brewed Monsters, the fourth in the series came out on Halloween! I pre-ordered it because I KNEW I’d be ready for another cozy Pie-Jinks story after all the pie-making! If you love cozy magical mysteries, you’ll love Pie-Jinks! I finished the prequel and all three books in a week, and I’m anxious to start reading Book 4!

Nutty Chocolate Merlot Pie
Nutty Chocolate Merlot Pie

Nutty Chocolate Merlot Pie = Pie Fail

The pie contest rules dictated that all pies had to be countertop pies. Therefore, I took the challenge to come up with something unique! Years ago I made Chocolate Wine Balls for the holidays. They are super sweet, nutty, and delicious, and I figured I could modify the recipe and make it into a pie filling. We thought my test pie was delicious! I called it the Nutty Chocolate Merlot Pie! (Thanks to Author Selina Eckart for helping me name it!) Although the judges thought it looked pretty, they HATED the flavor. Like, really, really hated it. Lesson learned, stick to fruit pies! Maybe I’ll share the original candy recipe for the wine balls this holiday season!

Red Ribbon Pumpkin Spiced Pie – Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie

My fruit pie contestant was a fig and blueberry pie with pumpkin spice! Pete, my neighbor grows the most amazing figs in his backyard and kindly gives me lots of juicy sweet figs in the early fall. My husband’s boss also contributed to my pie figs! Luckily, after freezing them in small batches for a few weeks, I had enough to make pies! Pete says it would have been better if it didn’t have blueberries in it!

Sweet and juicy figs
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I used some secret ingredients in my pie crust. I’m working on a recipe post! In the meantime, here is my award winning Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie recipe!

Blueberry Fig Pumpkin Spice Pie

“Red Ribbon” Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spiced Pie

This pie won a 2nd Place "Red Ribbon" in our local Fall Festival! The pumpkin spice gives it a deliciously warm, cozy Fall flavor. This pie is perfect for Fall festivals, Thanksgiving, or all year-round!
(I'm working on a fig preserve version since most people don't have fresh or frozen figs. Another variation is to leave the figs out, and make it a blueberry pumpkin spiced pie.)
*You will need a double pie crust. Make your own, or buy two frozen crusts and roll one out for the top. Pie crust is not included in nutritional information.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 205 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Pie Crust – Double crust like this one from King Arthur, or use frozen 9" crusts.

  • 1 tbsp sugar Optional
  • 1 egg Whisked with 2tbsp cream, milk or water

Figgy Blueberry Pumpkin Spice Pie Filling

  • 12 figs *Fresh small to medium-sized figs, quartered/halved and frozen.
  • 16 oz blueberries Washed and patted dry.
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup sugar Add 2-3 tbsp if the blueberries are tart
  • ¼ tsp scant pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice Use 4 tsp for a less subtle spiced flavor!
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp butter Divided, 1½ tbsp melted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice About 1tbsp. Fresh squeezed
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions
 

Prepare the Figs

  • Wash and pat dry and cut in halves or quarters. Spread them on a parchment-lined sheet and freeze at least 30 minutes.

Prepare Pie Crust

  • For fresh crust, roll out and place the bottom crust in a 9" pie pan and poke holes all over the sides and bottom. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425° F

Prepare Blueberry Fig Filling

  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, spice, and a small pinch of salt. Add the blueberries and stir gently with a slotted spoon until all the berries are coated.
  • Add the frozen figs and stir.
  • Melt 1½ tbsp butter, add 1 tbsp lemon juice, and water. Use a slotted spoon and stir the liquid mixture until all the blueberries and figs are coated.
  • Sort out the figs from the blueberries and add the figs to the bottom of the pie crust, skin side down.
  • Top the figs with the blueberry mixture, including all the sugary mixture at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Dot the top of the pie with the remaining butter and place the pie in the freezer or refrigerator until you have rolled out the top crust.
  • Beat an egg with 1 – 2 tbsp water, milk or cream.
  • Roll out the top crust to a 10-12 inches circle and either create a lattice with strips or use a mini cookie cutter and cut small holes or a decoration in the crust.
  • Brush egg wash on the edges of the pie crust to help secure the top crust. Lay the top crust over the pie or weave the strips into a lattice. Trim off excess crust. Use a fork to crimp or useor your fingers.
  • Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle sugar over the top.
  • Gently place a pie shield over the crust to keep the edges from over-browning or cover the edges with strips of foil.
  • Bake the pie at 425° for 15 minutes. Check halfway through and rotate for even browning if necessary.
  • Reduce the heat to 375° and continue baking the pie.
    *Keep an eye on it throughout baking to see if the filling is bubbling. Bake until the filling is bubbling and check under the pie shield to see if it needs additional browning. If it does, remove the pie shield and foil and bake until it is golden brown. Bake it for about 40-50 minutes.
  • Once the filling is bubbling nicely, and the crust is golden brown, it's done.
    If you only see a few bubbles, allow it to cook longer so you don't have a runny pie. For a thicker filling, bake until it bubbles closer to the center of the pie.
  • Remove the pie and allow it to cool on a cooling rack for at least two hours.

Notes

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*Nutritional values do not include pie crust. I estimate roughly 150-250 additional calories depending on your recipe or crusts used.
*FIGS: Slice a few figs to decorate the top of the pie. I have not tested with rehydrated figs or preserves, but I think it would be great to substitute with a jar or two of fig preserves. I may try this recipe with fig preserves for Thanksgiving!
Variation: You could omit the blueberries and make a blueberry pumpkin spiced pie instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 4gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 278IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword award winning, blueberry pie, book inspired, cozy, fall dessert, fall pie, fruit pie, holiday season, novel inspired, pie, pie contest, pumpkin spice, pumpkin-spiced, thanksgiving dessert
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Husband and I enjoying the Fall Fest

If you love book-inspired recipes, try my Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Cookies, or Sriracha Candied Bacon!

Fall Fest 2022 Pumpkins

Two pies were way too stressful for me. I’m sticking to ONE pie next year!

Three Signs It’s Time to Make Soup! – The Leaves are Changing Colors, The Days are Shorter, & It’s NEW FALL TV SEASON!

Grandmas Spinach and meatballs

1. The Leaves are Changing
2. The Days are Shorter
3. New Fall TV Season!!!

Chickpea Soup with Olive Oil and Oregano

New Fall TV SHOWS based on some of my favorite books!

Happy Soup Season, & Happy Fall TV Season everyone! The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and shorter, and colder, but I’ve still been excited for Fall for many reasons.

#1. The new SYFY TV series Reginald The Vampire based on Johnny Truant’s “Fat Vampire” novels begins TONIGHT! I can’t wait to see how they have adapted the novels to TV. From what I’ve seen, the series is set in a totally different setting, a younger croud compared to the eBook series, but that’s OK! In honor of Reginald, I’ll be making Pizza tonight and serving it up with a cup of delicious soup! (You can read more about these series here.)

#2. I can now watch Interview with the Vampire new TV series on AMC based on late Anne Rice’s novel!

#3. It’s Soup Season!

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Everybody knows Fall = Soup Season!

Soup Season is all year round for me! Some people only like soup during the colder months, and even then, some people (like my husband) don’t consider soup a meal.

So, in honor of Soup Season, here are links to three of my favorite soup recipes!

Soup Season – 3 of my favorite fall soup recipes

1. Sopa Tarasca

I found this soup while looking for ideas to use up the broth from black beans. I was surprised to find this delicious soup, Sopa Tarasca. Who doesn’t love soup with BACON in it? Read more about it here.

Sopa Tarasca (Black Bean & Tomato Soup, with Bacon!)
This rich and unusual soup is made with bacon, tomatoes, chicken stock, and black beans. I use canned tomatoes, but you could certainly use fresh tomatoes. If you like spicey soup, you could even add a jalapeno or two!
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This recipe is inspired by Pioneering The Simple Life recipe. I have only modified it slightly!
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Sopa Tarasca Black Bean Tomato Soup

2. Instant Pot Chick Pea Soup

When I started using my Instant Pot, I learned how much better homemade beans were compared to canned beans. I was looking for more bean recipes to add to the collection and stumbled across Chickpea Soup with Lemon, oregano, and olive oil. It takes some time to simmer and thicken, but it’s soo worth it!

Instant Pot Chickpea Soup
This Instant Pot Greek chickpea soup with lemon, oregano, and olive oil is on our "Healthy Meatless Monday rotation! This is an amazing soup! I used this recipe I found on Real Greek Recipes and made some adjustments.
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Chickpea Soup with Olive Oil and Oregano
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3. Instant Pot Spinach and Meatballs

Remember the Nineteen eighty-something commercials about Campbell’s® Chunky® soup? “Soup That Eats Like a Meal®?” Well, this Spinach & Meatballs recipe, inspired by a family favorite, really is a hearty homemade soup, that even my husband says is an entire meal in a bowl! You can use homemade ingredients if you have time, however, if you use your instant pot, frozen spinach, and store-bought meatballs you can get this on the table on a weeknight! Don’t forget to top it off with freshly grated parmesan!

Almost Grandma’s Spinach & Meatballs
I call this "Almost Grandma's Spinach and Meatballs" because this is my Instant Pot version! I've turned Grandma's recipe which takes hours to simmer on the stove to perfection, into an Instant Pot or weeknight meal!
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Grandmas Spinach and meatballs

When I think of Soup Season, of course I also think about one of my favorite books by Howard J Reiss. The Year of Soup. I made a root vegetable soup recipe based on one of the descriptions in the book, but I’m still working to make it better. I may need to do another re-read and come up with a new recipe.

What are some of your favorite soups? I’d love to hear!


A fun recipe I came up with that was inspired by Fat Vampire Chronicles novel The Vampire Maurice is this delicious blood red sriracha glazed bacon! If you are watching either of the new books to tv series this fall, I’d love to hear how you are liking them in the comments below!

Sriracha Candied Bacon
You can substitute gochujang if you can't find sriracha!
Is it a breakfast treat or a snack? I don’t know, but I do know it’s delicious! You can add the spicy sriracha or leave it out, either way, it sure is a treat! Candied bacon can be made spicy, or sweet. You can simply sprinkle brown sugar on and bake it, or make it really special with my Sriracha, Balsamic Vinegar, and Brown Sugar glaze! I recommend medium-thick sliced bacon. The longer and slower you cook it the stickier and more candied it gets!
This blood-red Sriracha Candied Bacon was inspired by the Fat Vampire Chronicles by Johnny B. Truant. The original Fat Vampire Series is coming to TV soon as "Reginald The Vampire" and I can't wait!
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blood red sriracha candied bacon even a vampire would love

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Favorite Books to TV? Yes Please!

blood red sriracha candied bacon even a vampire would love

I’m very excited about this FoodiEbook Friday! Some of my favorite books are coming to tv, I just finished Book 1 of the Fat Vampire Chronicles and I’m serving up some blood-red Sriracha Candied Bacon! Favorite Books to TV! Yes Please!

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The Worlds Best Granola, Naughty Granola

Naughty Granola

2 Ghost Pirates and the Worlds Best Granola

I have had homemade granola on my mind lately. Then I read Dead Pirates of Cawsand, Blue Moon Investigations Book 5 ~ by Steve Higgs. As if I hadn’t already been craving homemade granola, the main character, Tempest Danger Michaels (yes, Danger IS his middle name…) finds the best granola on the planet!” He mentions the world’s best granola thirty times in the book! (32 if you include chapter titles) Needless to say, Tempest can not wait to have it. Every. Single. Morning. I’ve made two batches since I just finished this book and they didn’t last long!

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New Page Reveal!

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I’ve been working on my Favorite Authors page and today is a great day for the reveal!

Why is it a great day for my Favorite Authors Page reveal? Because these authors are amazing! Also, Amazon Prime day starts at midnight tonight and if anyone, like me, is planning on picking up a new Kindle to read their favorite books on, you can get one at a prime day deal AND you can get a 5% rebate on it! *For more info on the rebate scroll down.

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Favorite Authors Page!

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Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

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Bailey Cates Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Cookies with dark chocolate added.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Cookies – Inspired by the Magical Bakery Mystery Series by Bailey Cates.

Early on during the pandemic, I had a difficult time reading. I just couldn’t keep my attention on any book, and everything seemed stressful. After a few months went by, I realized that Bailey Cates latest Magical Bakery series book was out. Her books are always uplifting and inspiring. They are never too dark, or heavy, just good clean reading that always allows my mind to let go of its burdens and get lost in the fantasy of the magical Honeybee Bakery.

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Ascanio’s Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cookies.

Breakfast Cookies

These Chocolate Chip & Cherry Cookies are good at any time of the day, but with added oats, breakfast cereal, and, uh fruit, I think these make a marvelous breakfast cookie. AND they go great with dark roast coffee. 😉

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Who all is reading to get through this quarantine?

Reading Ilona Andrews

For those of you reading your way through quarantine, I want to share a special ebook from some of my all-time favorite authors! It’s a special edition eBook collection of three of the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. Instead of putting it on the book store sites for free, they have it priced at $.99 for a limited time with all proceeds going to the COVID-19 Response fund CPD Center for Disaster Philanthropy. (Link posted below) They also periodically post serials for free online, so you can read as the book is being written!

eBookFoodie reading Innkeeper by Ilona Andrews
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