One of my new favorites is carrot honey pie. Carrots are easier, faster and cheaper to work with than either sweet potatoes or fresh pumpkin. The texture they create in a custard is light and silky; they pair stunningly with the delicate sweetness of honey.
1 pie crust (mine came from Trader Joe's)
1 pound carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup plain yogurt or whipping cream*
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup local honey
3 large eggs
2 t five spice
1/4 t kosher salt
Preheat your oven to 400. Microwave carrots for three minutes at a time, stirring after every three minutes, until very soft (mine took about 12 minutes total). Puree with cream/yogurt first, and then add all other ingredients. Bake in a 9" pie plate for 45 minutes, or until the filling is puffed and slightly golden.
* Use plain yogurt if you like less sweet desserts. The tangy flavor of the yogurt will balance the sweetness of the sugar, while the cream will add to it. Do not use fat free yogurt- your pie will crack!