This recipe uses an old technique of concentrating and caramelizing the pumpkin before preparing the filling. I had never tried this before, but it really nicely enhanced the pumpkin flavor and brought out more of its natural sugars.
1Melt 1 tsp butter in skillet over medium heat. Add the pumpkin and cook until the moisture is reduced and the pumpkin is lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
2Remove pumpkin to a large bowl and stir in 1 Tbls flour. Add 2/3 cup maple (or brown) sugar and combine.
3Stir in ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. (Add maple flavoring if using brown sugar).
4Place a rimmed baking sheet, large enough to hold your pie plate into the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
5Grease the bottom of a medium saucepan with the remaining teaspoon of butter and heat the evaporated milk, stirring frequently, until small bubbles begin to appear.
6Pour the milk over the pumpkin and combine well. Beat the eggs and mix into the pumpkin.
7Combine the remaining 1 Tbls. flour and 2 Tbls sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle over the bottom of the piecrust. Pull out oven rack with baking sheet, place piecrust on the baking sheet and pour pumpkin filling into it. Bake for 15 minutes.
8Reduce heat to 325 degrees F and bake about 30 minutes longer or until set.