I've been buying pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving for a long time now. For many years I would sit in front of the oven waiting for them to set and they never would. I'd be late for dinner every year. It took me a while to realize they set when you take them OUT of the oven, partly anyway. Plus, I'm not great at flaky American pie dough. That's why I went to French butter tarts instead. Which doesn't seem quite right with pumpkin pie.
This year I'm trying to be more frugal so I'm going to make the pies.
So, two questions:
1. What do you think of a graham cracker crumb crust. Would that burn in the time it takes to bake the pies?
2. Any tricks to getting the pies to set? Cream? More eggs? Patience? Or will taking them out of the oven do it?
(Any other tips and favorite recipes?)