Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe | Chef Dennis


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It’s Fall and the flavor of the season is pumpkin. And when it comes to pumpkin, nothing beats a classic pumpkin pie.

Through the years, I’ve tried different pumpkin pie recipes, but I always go back to the recipe on the back of the Libby’s can, adding one very important tweak. You really can’t go wrong with that version of the holiday standard. But there is a secret that will make your pumpkin pie better than most.

slice of creamy pumpkin pie with whipped cream on a white plate

Homemade pumpkin pie is one of the easiest pie recipes you’ll ever make, even without premade pie filling. Canned pumpkin is the star of the day, and because you didn’t buy the premade pie filling, you can use my secret chef tips for the creamiest pumpkin pie ever!

*If you’ve worked with baking pumpkins and are familiar with the process, you can use fresh pumpkin puree. Just make sure the water content isn’t too high.

two slices of pumpkin pie on white plates with the rest of the pie in a metal pie pan

Pumpkin Pie shouldn’t just be for the fall and winter months, it really is a delicious pie, and you can buy canned pumpkin all year long. You’ll love my easy pumpkin pie recipe and so will your family!

If you’re a serious pumpkin fan, my Classic Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake are two of my favorites!

Ingredients

ingredients to make recipe

Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make a traditional pumpkin pie. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.

Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.

Simple Pantry Ingredients

  • pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • eggs
  • granulated white sugar ( I used organic cane sugar)
  • condensed milk
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • salt

You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar. It won’t be quite as sweet, but the brown sugar will impart additional flavor to the pie.

How to make a pie crust

It’s easy to make a flaky crust using your food processor. If you don’t have time to make a homemade pie crust, feel free to skip this step and pick up a store-bought crust at your grocery store. I’ll never tell!

collage showing steps to make pie crust
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor.
  • Pulse the dry ingredients 4 times to fully mix the ingredients.
  • Add the pieces of very cold butter to the dry ingredients and pulse at one-second intervals until the butter is mixed in, forming buttery pebble size pieces.
  • Add the room-temperature/ egg to the mixture and pulse until the dough forms a ball on the blade of the food processor.
  • Turn the dough out of the food processor onto a floured surface (be careful with the blade).
  • Flatten the dough into a disc and wrap it with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the pie dough for 15-20 minutes before using.
pie crust in pie pan
  • Roll out the pie dough to a large circle a little bigger than the outside of the pie pan (or pie plate)
  • Place the crust in a pie pan and dock the pie dough using a fork.
  • Refrigerate until needed.

Pumpkin Pie Filling

collage showing steps to make filling
  • Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.
  • Beat the eggs in the bowl of your stand mixer (or hand mixer with a large bowl) until light, pale yellow and have doubled in size.
  • Mix the sugar-spice mixture into the eggs by hand, just enough to combine.
  • Add the canned pumpkin to the egg mixture
  • Blend together until combined.
  • Add the evaporated milk to the pumpkin mixture and combine.
unbaked pie and baked pie
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture into a prepared pie shell.
  • Bake at 350 degrees on the center rack of a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center of the pie comes out clean.
  • Let the pie cool on a wire rack and refrigerate until serving.
pumpkin pie with whipped cream on a white plate with reminder of pie in tin

After the pie has cooled on the wire rack, refrigerate for at least 2 hours; overnight is best. Serve the pie with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Recipe FAQ’s

Can I leave my pumpkin pie unrefrigerated?

No, you can’t. According to the FDA, homemade pumpkin pie can be left at room temperature for two hours, after which it is in danger of growing harmful bacteria.
Commercially-produced pies are made with preservatives that allow them to remain shelf-stable for longer at room temperature

Can you use regular pumpkins for pumpkin pie?

No, you can’t. Most pumpkins are ornamental. To use fresh pumpkins for a pie, you need to purchase pie pumpkins. Although it’s difficult to make fresh pumpkin puree, it’s not for the beginner and definitely not something you should try without testing and practicing first.

How far in advance can I make a pumpkin pie?

you can make the pie, two days before you’re going to serve the pie. If you need to make it far in advance, it would be wise to freeze it and defrost it the morning you’re going to serve the pie.

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Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe

When it comes to homemade pies, nothing could be easier to make, than a classic pumpkin pie. Creamy and delicious this American Classic will become a family fall tradition.

Prep Time25 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time1 hr 10 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 8

Calories: 327kcal

Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • tsp pumpkin pie spice more or less to taste. Or you can substitute cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice.
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree one small can not pumpkin pie
  • 12 oz evaporated milk condensed unsweetened

Homemade Pie Crust

  • 1 ¼  cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp  granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter  cut into small pieces – kept very cold
  • 1 large egg

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Instructions

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl

  • Beat eggs in the bowl of your stand mixer until light, pale yellow and have doubled in size.

  • Mix the sugar-spice mixture into the eggs by hand, just enough to combine.

  • Add the pumpkin to the egg mixture and blend together until combined.

  • Add the evaporated milk to the pumpkin mixture.

  • Pour the pumpkin mixture into a prepared pie shell.

  • Bake at 350 degrees on the center rack of a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center of the pie comes out clean.

  • Let the pie cool on a wire rack and refrigerate until serving.

  • Top with whipped cream before serving.

Homemade Pie Crust

  • You can use a premade pie crust and skip this step. The pumpkin is the star, not the crust!

  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor.

  • Pulse the dry ingredients 4 times to fully mix the ingredients.

  • Add the pieces of very cold butter to the dry ingredients and pulse at one-second intervals until the butter is mixed in, forming buttery pebble size pieces.

  • Add the egg to the mixture and pulse until the dough forms a ball on the blade of the food processor.

  • Turn the dough out of the food processor onto a floured surface (be careful with the blade).

  • Flatten the dough into a disc and wrap it with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the pie dough for 15-20 minutes before using

  • Roll out the dough to a large circle a little bigger than the outside of the pie pan.

  • Place the crust in a pie pan and dock the pie dough using a fork.

  • Refrigerate until needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 8695IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 2mg

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