• 2 cups canned or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup (packed) light-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 prepared pie shell (9-inch), chilled
  • Sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. Process the pumpkin puree in a blender with the ginger and half-and-half until the ginger is smooth, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; whisk in the next eight ingredients until well blended. Reserve.

3. Place 2 sheets of heavy-duty foil, one on top of the other, directly on the surface of the pie crust. Bake the crust in the lower 2/3 of the oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the foil; bake 5 minutes more. Remove shell from oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

4. Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean, about 45 to 60 minutes. Cool on a rack. Serve dolloped with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

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