Five-Spice Pumpkin Pie with Phyllo Crust
Preheat oven to 400°F. Stir together 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder. Brush 1 sheet of phyllo with butter (as you work, keep remaining phyllo covered with a kitchen towel); sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar mixture.Advertisement
Starting at one short end, fold in half to enclose butter and sugar mixture; brush top with more butter. Transfer to a 9-inch springform pan, buttered-side-down, gently pressing into bottom and sides.
Repeat with remaining phyllo, butter, and sugar mixture, arranging in overlapping layers to completely and evenly cover bottom and sides of pan.
Bake until crust is crisp and golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool completely. (The baked cooled crust can be wrapped and stored at room temperature up to 1 day.)
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, milk, syrup, vanilla, flour, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder until smooth. Pour mixture into crust and bake 20 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking until custard is just set in center, 40 to 50 minutes more. Transfer pan to wire rack; let cool completely. Remove pie from pan, cut into wedges, and serve with whipped cream.
You can also use a nine-inch cake pan in this recipe: Line the bottoms and sides with two strips of parchment, overlapping them in an X pattern and leaving a two-inch overhang. Once baked, use the overhanging strips to carefully lift the pie out of the pan.
While we think this pie is best eaten the same day, you can cover and refrigerate up to 1 day in advance in a pinch.