I really wanted to try a pie that started from real, live pumpkin chunks, not puree, which is something I'd never seen before, so this was born. It turned out to be a nice, cinnamony pie in a gingerbread crust shamelessly stolen from Vegan With a Vengeance. Everyone who's tried this has liked it (and the family has requested it as a Thanksgiving dessert), though we all agree that it's so spiced it's difficult to tell the difference between the pumpkin and the apple without looking, so you may want to tone that down a bit, if you want the natural flavors to come through.
Normally, I would never re-post a recipe from someone's book (and I'm willing to bet almost everyone reading this has the book, making it somewhat unnecessary anyway), but since someone else already did, I'll put it all together for the sake of convenience.
Gingerbread Pumpkin Apple Cranberry Pie
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoon cold water
For the filling:
One half small pumpkin (should yield about two cups when diced - see below)
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1 cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch ground nutmeg
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Make the crust:
Sift together the flour, sugar, spices, salt, and baking powder. Add the margarine one tablespoonful at a time and cut in with a pastry cutter, knife or your fingertips. Drizzle the molasses and water over the dough, mixing with your fingertips until the crumbs of dough begin to cling together. Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough. Gather together the rest of the dough and knead it into a ball. Press it evenly into the bottom and sides of a pie pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Make the filling:
(I've never seen anyone try to prep raw pumpkin online beyond cutting it in half, so here are some step-by-step instructions, with pictures.)
Cut the stem off your pumpkin, then cut it in half.
Use a large spoon to scoop the seeds and guts out of your pumpkin (if you want, reserve them to bake on one rack while you have the pie on another. I sprinkled cinnamon on mine, then baked them for about 40 minutes, shaking a few times to keep them from sticking. Yum!).
Cut each half in half, then peel it, using a serrated peeler.
Chop the bottom bit off each piece and dice. I found the easiest way to do this is cut each quarter into strips lengthwise, then chop up the strips (similar to doing a bell pepper).
While the crust bakes, combine all the filling ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with your hands until the ingredients are well mixed and the tapioca starch dissolves.
Assemble the pie:
Fill the pie crust with the filling, and crumble the remaining 1/2 cup of dough over the filling. Cover with foil and back for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 40 more minutes; the filling should be bubbling and tender. Serve warm, if you can.