Better Than Your Average Pumpkin Pie

The family is packing up and heading out this Thanksgiving, making the trek across the country to my in-laws'. I was a little sad not to be making my own turkey dinner (only a little), so when Toddler G asked me to make a pumpkin pie the other day, I was super excited. I'd heard that adding Dulce de Leche to a pumpkin pie would make it even better and I couldn't wait to try it out.

Pumpkin Pie with Dulce de Leche drizzled over the top

There wasn't enough time in my weekend schedule to bake a pie from scratch - I usually like to make my own pie crusts - so I opted for the Trader Joe's version. They sell frozen pie crusts and canned organic pumpkin, the can even has an easy recipe on the side. I don't know why, but pumpkin pie has always intimidated me. But this recipe is crazy easy, it really surprised me.

After letting the crust defrost, I tried to unwrap it and put it in the pie pan. That was near impossible. The crust broke into a million pieces! Urg. I spent a ton of time trying to press the pieces together, and barely got it into the pan. Note to self, make crust from scratch, it takes almost as much time.

After mixing the ingredients and putting the pie in the oven for a few minutes, I added the secret ingredient  - Dulce de Leche (another Trader Joe's holiday staple). I heated a few tablespoons in the microwave and drizzled it onto the pie. Important note, make sure the pie has cooked for 10 minutes or so in order for the dulce de leche to stay on the top rather than sink to the bottom. You could even make designs in it (wish I'd thought of this before I started, next time!).

Voila! The pie was done and Toddler G got to sample her requested pie. It was great, Toddler G even had 3 bites! (She usually won't eat pie at all, so this was really impressive). The Dulce de Leche added a lot of extra yum to an already yummy pie. I'm most definitely going to make pumpkin pie with Dulce de Leche going forward, without a doubt!

Hope you try it and love it, too! Tell me your thoughts and any pumpkin pie twists you use and love.

PS. This post is in no way affiliated with Trader Joe's, it just happens to be my favorite grocery store.