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This Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe topped off with homemade whipped cream is the absolute perfect fall dessert recipe.
Our house has a sweet tooth like no other, so you can for sure guarantee someone will be eating dessert within seconds of finishing their meal. In addition to eating all those sweets, I love making new dessert recipes for the family to try, and if you do too then for sure try my pecan pie or pound cake recipe.
Pumpkin pie is an age-old dessert that has been served up across the United States for winter holidays since the first-ever recorded Thanksgiving in the 1670s. Back then of course the pumpkin pie was made with actual cooked down and stewed fresh pumpkin, not the canned version we use today. However, you can absolutely cook a whole pumpkin and stew it down, but I find the flavors to be much more subtle.
This tasty pie is very simple to prepare and actually comes together in a short amount of time. Here are the main ingredients that you will find in this classic recipe:
- Pumpkin Puree – this is purchased at the grocery store and comes in a can full of cooked pureed pumpkins. You could also peel, cook down and puree fresh pumpkin if you’d like.
- Eggs – eggs are used to help stabilize the pumpkin pie filling to help it to set, as well as ad richness and texture to the recipe.
- Sugar – I like to use a combination of both brown sugar and granulated sugar to make sure the pie stays sweet and moist.
- Evaporated Milk – this helps to stretch out the recipe while adding flavor and richness to the pumpkin pie.
- Pumpkin Pie Spices – a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to balance out the sweetness of the pie with some savory that really compliments filling.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie from Scratch
Follow along with these easy step-by-step instructions for making a delicious homemade pumpkin pie from scratch:
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, sugars, milk, and spices until completely combined. Be sure to pull your pumpkin pie dough that has been formed to your pie pan out of the freezer.
- Pour the pumpkin pie filling into the pie crust that has been fitted in the pie pan.
- Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.
- Turn down the oven to 350° and cook for a further 40 minutes or until there is a slight jiggle in the center of the pie. If you notice your pumpkin pie cracking at this temperature, try it at 325°.
- Cool the pumpkin pie completely on a cooling rack.
- Serve with homemade whipped cream.
What Does It Taste Like?
Pumpkin pie is almost like a pudding filling with a light, not in-your-face pumpkin flavor. It’s got a wonderful balance of flavors of sweet and savory with a salty seasoned crust. Pumpkin pie goes great with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or caramel. If you think about it, it’s really just like a pumpkin-flavored creme brulee, which is eggs milk and flavorings.
Why Do Pumpkin Pie’s Crack?
The number one leading cause of why a pumpkin pie cracks are because it is cooked too long. You must account for carryover cooking which is the period after it comes out of the oven until it is cooled to room temperature.
If you have a recipe that you love but it keeps on cracking, try to shorten the cooking time by 5 minutes or so. Another option would be to place a small pan of hot water in the oven along with the pie to help keep a lot of moisture in the oven while baking it.
Why Is It Wet on Top?
Since this is essentially a custard filling, it occurs when the pie is overcooked causing the moisture to rise and water to separate from the eggs. It’s a little complex I know but that is the main reason for a wet pumpkin pie. The remedy is to ensure you are cooking at lower temperatures, on the middle rack, for a little bit longer time.
Recipe Chef Notes + Tips
Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead of time. Keep it cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
How to Reheat and Serve: Most of the time pumpkin pie is served cold, but if you are one of those who like warm pumpkin pie, simply heat up a slice in the microwave for 30 seconds. Serve it with whipped cream and optional caramel sauce.
How to Store: It will hold in the refrigerator, covered for up to 7 days. Likewise, it freezes well covered in plastic for up to 3 months. Completely thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day before slicing and serving.
If you want a little bit firmer crust then blind bake the crust with parchment paper and dried beans over top of the crust in the oven at 400° for 10 minutes before adding in the filling and baking.
Substitute the pre-made pumpkin pie spice with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a ½ teaspoon of nutmeg.
You can swap out the evaporated milk with heavy whipping cream.
If you notice your pumpkin pie cracking at this temperature, try it at 325°.
Don’t forget to account for carry overcooking, so when the pie has a slight jiggle in the center of it, pull it out of the oven to cool.
To speed up the cooling process, place it in the refrigerator after cooling at room temperature for 30 minutes.
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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- 1 pie crust
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 12 ounce can evaporated milk
- 1 whipped cream recipe
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Form the pie crust to a 9” pie dish and place it in the freezer or blind bake it with parchment paper and dried beans overtop for 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, sugars, cornstarch, vanilla, salt, and pumpkin pie spice until it is completely combined.
- Next, pour in the milk and whisk until it is mixed in, and the batter is smooth.
- Pour the batter into the pie crust after it has been in the freezer or blind-baked and put in the oven at 400° for 15 minutes.
- Turn the heat down to 350° and bake for 45 minutes or until the center is just about firm and the outer pie crust is browned.
- Cool the pie completely on a rack to room temperature, which takes about 2 hours.
- Serve with whipped cream.
Oh how we all loved this recipe. The best pumpkin pie ever and I have tried many. Thanks to our favorite Chef Billy Parisi.
Note: My husband requested that I make this delicious pie often.
Best pumpkin pie,ever. Just the right amt of spices. Will definately be making this again. Thanks for all ur tutorials,they do make a difference. Peace and love to u and ur family.
Best pumpkin pie ever!
I made the pumpkin and the pecan pie yesterday. Taking them both to my son and his family in Coeur d’Alene which is 2 hours away from us. Can’t wait for them to try them. They looked and smelled so good.
This sounds like a fantastic recipe!! I can’t wait to try it, but I had some questions beforehand. First of all, why do we need the cornstarch in the recipe? Also, I am learning from reading your recipe info, that I might not like a too firm crust. In the past, we never pre-baked our pie crusts for pumpkin pies. Now everyone recommends pre-baking. However, we used a simple glass pie pan in the past, not the heavier ceramic kind that is popular with bakers now. Would a glass pan cook the crust more evenly for a pumpkin pie? Or rather, is it more likely to get soggy in a ceramic pie pan than a glass one? Your instructions and info are very helpful. Thank you so much for your wonderful site for those of us who love cooking and baking!
This is the first recipe of yours that I will be trying! You only use 1/2 of a 15 ounce can of puréed pumpkin in this recipe?
Will this make the pie less heavy?
After a big Thanksgiving dinner pumpkin pie is too filling so I’m curious as to the consistency of this pie 🤔
I’m not sure about less heavy, I just like the way it tastes.
Starting with a homemade crust makes all the difference! This one is such a great and easy recipe, and the pie filling has all the great spices – so good!
The holidays can’t come soon enough after reading this! Your pie looks so delicious, and I think your homemade caramel and whipped cream are just an added bonus!
It’s not the holidays without homemade pumpkin pie! My absolute favorite!
This looks so good! Fresh pumpkin pie is the only way to go! You simply cannot beat the smell and taste of a homemade pie.
Delicious! Great tasting pie. Genius idea to pair the pie with caramel sauce!
Okay, you have inspired me to try my hand at homemade crust–you make it look so easy. I love pumpkin pie, but hate store bought pie crust. Great instructions here.
if anyone can do it you can!!!
Would you please clarify your recipe for your pie crust? The 1/2 T. Sugar should be powdered ? And the 3 oz. of “ice cold butter” should really be water, yes? Thank you!
sugar is granulated always unless specified. butter is water, yes.