The Pumpkin Pie That Tex Actually Likes
* 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 2 cups canned pumpkin, pureed
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
* 1 cup manufacturing cream
* 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
* 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
* 1 pie dough
* Whipped cream, for topping
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place 1 piece of pie dough down into a souffle dish and press down along the bottom and all sides. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.
For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla and spices if using, and beat until incorporated.
Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for an hour, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.
(Using Paula Deen's recipe.)