on gloomy days, channing and i watch giada de laurentiis on the food network and she "mixes" little toys and things in her big metal mixing bowl. it was just that kind of day a couple of weeks ago when we came across giada's thanksgiving show. she made persimmon-pumpkin pie and it looked fantastic! i knew i was tasked to make pumpkin pies this year, for our family thanksgiving feast, and thought this would be a great little change to the typical pumpkin pie recipe. i really liked it and definitely plan on making it again. the pie was creamy and thick and tasted a lot like a regular pumpkin pie, except it had a bit of tart sweetness from the persimmon and apricot jam. i added a few notes, things i found helpful, to giada's original recipe which you can find here.
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon fine salt
½ cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, diced
3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese, chilled
2 to 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
Two 6- to 7-ounce ripe Fuyu persimmons, trimmed, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces or 1 cup of persimmon pulp from two 6- to 7-ounce very ripe Hachiya persimmons½ cup sugar
⅓ cup mascarpone
⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 large eggs, at room temperature
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9-inch-diameter glass or ceramic pie dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.
In a food processor, blend the flour, sugar and salt until combined. Add the butter and mascarpone cheese and blend until moist clumps form. Gather the dough into a ball. Drop 2-inch pieces of dough over the bottom and sides of the pie dish. Using moist fingertips press the dough together to form a smooth crust. Using the tines of a fork, prick the dough all over.
Bake the crust until the edge is browned and the center of the crust is pale golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer the crust to a work surface. Brush the bottom and sides of the crust with apricot preserves.
In a food processor, combine the pumpkin and persimmon. Blend until smooth. Add the sugar, mascarpone, cream, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and eggs. Blend until smooth. Pour the filling into the cooked crust.
Bake the pie until slits or cracks appear around the edge and the center is set, about 35 minutes. Cool the pie on a rack. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Bake and cool to room temperature. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate.)
Just before serving, dust the top of the pie with powdered sugar. Cut into wedges and serve.