Bobby Flay is known for taking things to the next level, especially when he's competing in his throwndowns. This pumpkin pie has a cinnamon-flavored graham cracker crust and rich filling that with muscovado sugar that redfines the standards of a pumpkin pie. To top it all off (literally), he smears bourbon-maple whipped cream all over his pie and finishes it with a sprinkle of cinnamon-flavored oats.
Reprinted with permission from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown! By Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Miriam Garron, copyright © 2010. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the flour, oats, muscovado sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor, and process a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until combined. Pat the mixture evenly into a 4-inch square on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove and let cool. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into small pieces.
Preheat the oven to 350 degress. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until combined. Press evenly onto the bottom and sides of a 10-inch pie plate. Brush with the beaten egg. Bake until light golden brown and firm, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
To make the filling, whisk the eggs, egg yolks, both sugars, and the molasses together in a medium bowl. Mix in the pumpkin purée, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Whisk in the heavy cream, milk, and vanilla seeds or extract. Strain the mixture through a coarse strainer into a bowl. Whisk in the butter.
Place the pie plate on a baking sheet, pour the pumpkin mixture into the shell, and sprinkle additional cinnamon over the top. Bake until the filling is set around edges but the center still jiggles slightly when shaken, 45 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
Combine the cream, vanilla seeds, maple syrup, and bourbon, to taste, in a large chilled bowl, and whip until soft peaks form. Cut the pie into slices and top each with a large dollop of whipped cream and some of the cinnamon crunch.