My granny was the absolute best cook, and probably the most influential baker in my life. She would always have some kind of cake, cookies, or savory scones coming out of the oven everytime I visited, even if it was an unexpected drop-in. Her house smelled of delicious spices and flavors and I looked forward to Sunday dinners and holidays so I could taste all the joy she put into the kitchen. She made everything from scratch using ingredients from her garden, including many German and Polish recipes that had been in our family for generations. These anise cookies have been made in my family for 4 generations and I must say that they are a family favorite and the taste will always remind me of her.
Making a pumpkin pie from scratch may seem overwhelming, but it is pretty simple and the results and satisfaction are definitely worth it. This recipe is easy and uses fresh ingredients you can pick-up at the farmers market so you won’t be eating anything from a can. Also, I don’t use a lot of sugar like most other recipes, so it is a bit more on the savory side allowing the flavor of the pumpkin really infuse with the spices. Happy baking!