The warm and familiar autumn aroma of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger escaping from Canadian ovens at the beginning of October signals one thing: a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie is baking in the warmth within.
Canadian Thanksgiving is officially celebrated on the second Monday of October but Thanksgiving dinners are family affairs which take place on any day of the long weekend. It is traditionally a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest season or to simply reflect on everything else in life for which you are thankful for.
Before dinner graces the table, the kitchen is always a frenetic hub of activity. It is a family effort to ensure the golden, crispy-skinned turkey is carved, the potatoes are mashed with milk and butter, the gravy is silky smooth, the cranberries have gently burst into a ruby red sauce, and that it all comes together at roughly the same time.
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The moment the turkey is removed from the oven, pumpkin pie, a classically Canadian Thanksgiving dessert, takes its place. Roasted, puréed pumpkin is whisked together with eggs, sweetened condensed milk, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, baked, and left to fill the house with an aroma best associated with the crisp months of autumn.
Pumpkin pie alone, and especially when served warm with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon, is something to be thankful for each and every Thanksgiving.