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Nautical Pumpkin Pie

Nautical Pumpkin Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pomegranate

I can’t take credit for today’s post – all credit goes, well-deserved, to Sally. Truth be told, I have my own recipe written down somewhere but I haven’t been able to find it since I moved! Based on memory alone, my recipe isn’t that much different from Sally’s anyway, so there’s no point in reinventing the wheel, ya know?

Just for giggles, I’ll run you through some of the changes I made:

Pie Crust

  • I swapped out the 1/2 cup ice water with 1/4 cup vodka + 1/4 cup ice water, and I added a pinch of cinnamon.
  • I also don’t have pie weights (aff link) or a pie shield (I KNOW – they’re on my list for Santa), so there was a bit of ghetto-ness going on.
    • Filling the center of the pie with rice works just fine, but you have to have more parchment paper to ride up the sides more than I did (I straight up just didn’t have more to cut from) so that you can lift it out without spilling rice into your freshly blind-baked crust – not that I know what that’s like or anything.
    • Using aluminum foil as a makeshift shield works, too, but sweetbabyjesus is it a pain in the ass. I highly recommend investing in a legit pie shield – I’ve got my eye on this bad boy.

Pie crust with rice pie weight

Pie Filling

As for the pie filling, I only used 1 cup of light brown sugar (instead of 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar), and I used a little less than 1/4 cup of vanilla soy milk (instead of 1/4 cup milk). 

Nautical Pumpkin Pie

As for the whipped cream, I’ve let you take one guess as to what I used

I also wasn’t feeling sugared cranberries at the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but I wasn’t in the mood. In the winter I’m usually on a pomegranate kick, and this season is going to be no exception – I’ve already insisted on having at least two in the fridge at all times. I decided to use my freshly de-seeded pomegranate arils as garnish instead.

I also wanted to give the crust a nautical kick, so I cut out seashells and a starfish in addition to the little leaves. I really like how it turned out.

Nautical Pumpkin Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pomegranate

I’m not a pumpkin fan (in any form – get your PSL away from me), but thankfully I have the boyfriend around to taste test these things. Spoiler alert: he liked it.

Nautical Pumpkin Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pomegranate

So get your butt over to Sally’s Baking Addiction and make her pumpkin pie, stat!

Nautical Pumpkin Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pomegranate

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