Kick off your fall right with fresh-baked seasonal treats and sweet deals on cars at Metro Toyota

With a crisp, bracing chill creeping into the air and the leaves just starting to shed their verdant green summer colors, it's no secret that fall has finally returned to the greater Cleveland area. Now, here at Metro Toyota, fall is one of our favorite seasons, and not just because the new 2019 Toyota models are starting to show up at our Brook Park, OH dealership.

No, fall is one of our favorite seasons because it's pumpkin spice season. You'll find this iconic flavor and scent nearly everywhere these days, from your café drinks to car air fresheners. And it might interest you to learn that here at Metro Toyota, we're not just wizards when it comes to Toyota sales near Cleveland; we're also pretty handy in the kitchen. That's why we'd like to share with you one of our favorite recipes for the pumpkin-spiced dish that truly kick-started the craze: Classic Pumpkin Pie.


  • 1 sugar pumpkin (look for the small round ones at your local supermarket, they're roughly the size of a volleyball)
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 ounces)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 and ½ teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


  1. Cut your sugar pie pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with lightly oiled aluminum foil with the cut side facing down. Bake it in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes at 325 degrees, until the skin is tender enough to be punctured with a fork.
  2. Remove the cooked pumpkins from the oven and allow them to cool for roughly 5 minutes. Scrape the pumpkin flesh off the peel using a metal spoon, then either mash it or puree it in a blender or food processor. (We prefer the prefer the puree method).
  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs, then add brown sugar, flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, evaporated milk, and 2 cups of pumpkin puree. Stir to combine the mixture after each new addition. Once fully mixed, pour the mixture into the unbaked pastry shell. (Pro Tip: Fold a strip of aluminum foil over the edge of the crust to prevent it from burning in the oven.)
  4. Bake your pie for 10 minutes at 450 degrees, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 40 to 50 minutes. Remove the tinfoil around the edge of the pie when you have about 20 minutes left in your cooking time to brown the edges. You'll know your pie is done when you can insert a toothpick into the center and pull it out clean without any pie filling sticking to it.
  5. Cool your pie on a wire rack, then refrigerate overnight for best results.

With this freshly baked pie in your culinary repertoire, you can count on an invitation to every potluck on your block this fall. That said, if you've got a sweet tooth for something other than pumpkin-spiced pastries and confections, we think you'll find the attractive financing offers on our new Toyota models and used car specials near Cleveland to be equally enticing. So, if you'd like more tips from the kitchen or information about our latest specials here at Metro Toyota, feel free to follow our blog or stop by our showroom here in Brook Park to see how we ring in the fall season!

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