Use whipping cream and cinnamon to make the perfect topping for this pumpkin slab pie. For even more spice flavor, chill overnight.


Recipe Summary

45 mins
25 mins
4 hrs
5 hrs 10 mins
1 9x13-inch pie


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Set a baking stone, baking steel, or inverted baking sheet on the center rack.

  • Stir together crushed amaretti, butter, and salt in a bowl with a firm spatula, pressing mixture against bowl until well combined. Dump into a 9x13-inch quarter-sheet pan or a 9x13-inch baking pan. Pat and press mixture along sides and bottom of pan. Use a metal measuring cup to compact mixture for a smooth, firm crust.

  • Bake crust on top of hot stone until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, for the filling, sprinkle gelatin over cool water in a small bowl and let stand. Fill a large bowl with ice water to make an ice bath.

  • Fill medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.

  • Whisk pumpkin, egg yolks, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, allspice, and cloves together in a large heatproof bowl until well combined. Set bowl over, but not touching the simmering water.

  • Cook, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until mixture registers 170 degrees F (86 degrees C), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add gelatin mixture, and stir until melted. Set bowl over ice bath and whisk as it cools to slightly warmer than room temperature, about 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). Remove from ice bath.

  • Whip egg whites in a large bowl with a hand mixer set on high until frothy. Add cream of tartar and continue whipping until whites are shiny and medium peaks form, another 3 or 4 minutes. Add 1/3 to the pumpkin mixture; stir until incorporated and mixture is lightened. Gently fold in remaining whites with a rubber spatula until no large white streaks remain. Pour into the cooled crust.

  • Chill, covered, until firm, about 4 hours.

  • Whip cream with a hand mixer in a large bowl, increasing speed as soft peaks form. Add confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until whisk leaves a trail and forms firm peaks when lifted.

  • Spoon cream into a piping bag with an open tip or a zip-top plastic bag with a 1/2-inch corner snipped off. Pipe dollops of varying sizes over pumpkin filling, allowing some filling to show through. Dust with cinnamon. Cut into squares.

Cook's Note:

The whites are only whipped, not cooked, in this fluffy chiffon. If you can't find pasteurized eggs, you can use regular egg yolks, substitute 1 cup whipping cream for the whites, and omit the cream of tartar.

Nutrition Facts

339 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 30.2g 10% DV; fat 22.7g 35% DV; cholesterol 129.3mg 43% DV; sodium 216.6mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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I was very much looking forward to making this recipe and have been hyping it up over the last week. I don't know where it went wrong or if I did anything incorrectly (I for one believe I followed the book to a tee) but this thing turned out TOO Fluffy! I Didn't think that would be an issue you could even have but the finished product resembles pumpkin seafoam more than a chiffon. The whipped cream upon dolloping SUNK into the depths of my 9x13 pan. I hope to god none of you have this same issue but for what I know this issue resigns in the recipe. Read More