Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Pumpkin pie is a classic holiday dessert staple that is super easy to make at home for your loved ones and has all the warming, sweet, lovely layers of flavor you love in pumpkin pie!

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and pumpkin pie is a MUST — and it’s way easier than you might expect to make from scratch!

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Which team are you on: team pumpkin pie or pecan pie for holiday meals? Or maybe you have a different dessert that you crave this time of year — I’d love to hear what it is in the comments below! To me, pumpkin pie is just a classic. It’s got all the warming fall flavors we love this time of year, and it’s a go-to for any and all holiday celebrations. You can’t go wrong with this simple pumpkin pie recipe if you’re trying to figure out what to serve for your own gathering.

Honestly, I feel like making pies from scratch gets a bad rap because they often look so intricate and beautiful, but secretly, they’re one of the easiest sweet treats to bake, and great to travel with or feed a crowd! This pumpkin pie is no exception — the filling mixes up quickly and has the most scrumptious flavors, and then you just bake it for about an hour and you’re set! Top it with fresh whipped cream, and you’ll be in pie heaven.

A piece of pumpkin pie on a white dessert plate.

What does pumpkin pie taste like?

Pumpkin pie’s filling is a thick texture almost like custard or pudding, and it has several spices that give it a warming, yet still sweet, flavor profile: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves. It’s definitely rich, but not too overpowering or sweet.

What is pumpkin pie made of?

My pumpkin pie is made of pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, vanilla, cream, and 2% milk.

What is the best pumpkin for pie?

I think that canned pumpkin puree tastes just as good as a baked down pie pumpkin. Just make sure that if you use store-bought puree, there’s nothing else added to it. You want 100% pumpkin.

Why is my pumpkin pie gritty?

Your pumpkin pie may be gritty if you cook it in a too-hot oven. The egg proteins in the filling form moisture-trapping nets, and if the oven’s too hot, they contract and separate from each other into curds, giving the pie a grainy and wet texture.

A piece of pumpkin pie from the side on a white dessert plate with a dollop of whipping cream on top.

How to make pumpkin pie:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. Add pie crust to a 9-inch pie plate, and trim and crimp the edges.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, sugar, and brown sugar. 
  4. Beat in the eggs.
  5. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the cream and milk, and stir well.
  7. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared pie pan. 
  8. Bake the pie for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F., and bake for an additional 45 to 55 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven, and let the pie cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature with sweetened whipped cream.
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Pumpkin Pie Recipe


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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths – Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8

Description

Pumpkin pie is a classic holiday dessert staple that is super easy to make at home for your loved ones and has all the warming, sweet, lovely layers of flavor you love in pumpkin pie!


Ingredients

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  • 1 single pie crust
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (15 ounce can)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • Whipped cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. Roll out the pie crust if it isn’t in the pie shell yet. Add it to a deep dish 9-inch pie plate, and trim and crimp the edges.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, sugar, and brown sugar. 
  4. Beat in the eggs.
  5. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the cream and milk, and stir well.
  7. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared pie pan. 
  8. Bake the pie for 10 minutes. Without removing the pie or opening the oven, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F., and bake for an additional 45 to 55 minutes, or until the pie is set and the top is golden.
  9. Remove from the oven, and let the pie cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature with sweetened whipped cream.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 55 min
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American
Pumpkin pie is a classic holiday dessert staple that is super easy to make at home for your loved ones and has all the warming, sweet, lovely layers of flavor you love in pumpkin pie! Thanksgiving is nearly here, and pumpkin pie is a MUST -- and it's way easier than you might expect to make from scratch! #pumpkinpie #pie #pierecipe #holidaypie #pumpkinrecipes #thanksgivingrecipes #holidaybaking #holidayrecipes
Pumpkin pie is a classic holiday dessert staple that is super easy to make at home for your loved ones and has all the warming, sweet, lovely layers of flavor you love in pumpkin pie! Thanksgiving is nearly here, and pumpkin pie is a MUST -- and it's way easier than you might expect to make from scratch! #pumpkinpie #pie #pierecipe #holidaypie #pumpkinrecipes #thanksgivingrecipes #holidaybaking #holidayrecipes

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Pumpkin pie is a classic holiday dessert, and this version is easy to make, rich, warming, slightly sweet, and oh-so delicious!

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  1. This pumpkin pie recipe was perfect for our Thanksgiving. The recipe was simple. My family loved the blend of spices. They were the perfect combination. We followed the instructions to bake & cool 30 minutes than eat at room temperature. The texture was a bit softer than I’ve traditionally had. But I preferred it this way. We loved how the spices were not overpowering, but a perfect balance. We used the pie crust recipe listed. It had great flavor & flake, but it didn’t hold a scalloped edge as well. Next time we will pick a different edge. All in all, best pumpkin pie we’ve ever had.