Paula's Pie Project Blog

52 different pies in 52 weeks

Pie #43- Pumpkin October 31, 2010

Another grand idea…visit the pumpkin patch, then show Ernie’s afternoon kindergarten class how to make pumpkin pies….

This time I had one hour to make 10 pies  (Yikes! That is 6 minutes per kid.)  Luckily, I did have two other helpers.  Big thanks to Theresa and Jackie for stepping in.  Originally, I was going to buy the baking pumpkins and do the whole pumpkin pie from completely by scratch, but after my experience with the 5th grade Cub Scouts and Pie #42, I knew it would be best to pull out the can of Libby’s instead.  Here’s the recipe.

But we did make home-made pie crusts by following my Mom’s recipe. 


  • 1 cup flour + 2 tablespoons
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup Crisco vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Mix flour, salt and oil with a fork. Add water and form into a ball. Roll between two pieces of wax paper. Peel top layer of wax paper off and flip other layer of wax paper and rolled dough onto a 9″ pie pan. Form decorative crust.

Here are the photos from that crazy, pie making adventure with those ADORABLE kindergarteners.  Thanks for being a part of the project!


This is the one I baked this one at home


Personal Notes:

  • Got to love Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin.  Always tastes good in my book.
  • Each child was able to make his or her individual pie crust, but due to our time constraints my parent helpers and I had to whip up the last batch of pumpkin filling ourselves.
  • The ten pies were made and baked at school on Tuesday. The next day, the kids got to take them home to their families to share. 
  • Poor Ernie did the same thing that Nate did with his pie…flipped the whole thing over on to the ground.  Does the five second rule count when your pie lands on the school playground pavement?!
  • Since there was left over filling, I made two more pies when I got home- one, to share with my family and two, to share with the PM kindergartens at their Halloween party on Thursday.