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The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas come with some pretty special traditions, and in our house, one of those traditions is making homemade pumpkin pie. Smooth, creamy pumpkin pie filling in a perfectly flakey all-butter crust makes this the Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe ever.

Top down view of a whole pumpkin pie baked from scratch.

I’m the host of Thanksgiving dinner. Dessert is always pumpkin pie and maybe another option or two. For years I made Libby’s® Pumpkin Pie recipe. This year I wanted to make Pumpkin Pie from scratch. I’m so glad that I did. It’s a few more steps, but nothing crazy.

I should have called this “The pumpkin pie that refused to fail” Why? In all transparency, I mixed my cream mixture with my pumpkin mixture in the wrong order. No worries there, it worked.

Then, I got this beautiful Homemade Pumpkin Pie in the oven, and my oven quit…died…dead as a doornail. John carefully carried this pie on the hot baking sheet to my neighbors, who lent me their oven. There was pie in their future.

3/4 angle of a smooth and creamy slice of pumpkin pie topped with whipped topping.

Why You’ll Love Our Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  • This is a no-fail recipe!
  • Convenient. Make this pumpkin pie from scratch two days before you need it and keep it in the refrigerator or up to a month ahead and freeze it.
  • Texture Perfection. This pumpkin pie comes out with a thick, creamy filling without cornstarch.
  • Tradition Matters. Make this classic pumpkin dessert recipe everyone expects, but give them the best they’ve ever had.

What’s so special about this Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe?

As much as I would love to take credit for creating this pumpkin pie recipe, this recipe is actually inspired by our Freaky Friday Blog Hop.

What is the Freaky Friday Blog Hop? Freaky Friday is a blog hop with some of my favorite food blogger buddies!

We secretly get assigned one another’s blogs to make a recipe from, and then we all reveal who we had and what we made on the same Friday! The Freaky Friday blog hop is organized by our mastermind, Michaela, who runs An Affair From the Heart.

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Life Currents

I was excited to get Debi’s blog, Life Currents, for this round of Freaky Friday.

Let me tell you a little bit about Debi

Debi and I have been blogging buddies for a long time. She’s one of those people that you feel you know and can just walk into a conversation with.

Debi and I have a lot in common. We both value sitting down for a meal with our families.

After stepping down from our corporate gigs, we both started cooking healthier food with whole, non-processed ingredients that are seasonally available. Debi primarily practices vegetarianism (with an exception) which I don’t, but we do cook several vegetarian meals because they taste amazing.

Another thing we have in common is that we both like to learn and try new things.

You can find just about anything you’re craving on Debi’s blog. With this being the Fall edition of Freaky Friday, I dove into “comfort food.” I’ll be making her Tuna Cakes, and I have my ingredients ready to make her Braised Beef recipe. She doesn’t lack desserts either! Just look at this Lemon Brûlée Tart! I’ll guarantee you I’ll be making that one.

Ultimately, I wanted to try a Pumpkin Pie from scratch. I love this one because it’s not a pumpkin pie recipe with fresh pumpkins. I didn’t have to bake and scrape my pumpkin for the filling. I’ve done that and don’t believe the effort makes that big of a difference. (gasp)

Ingredients For Your Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Top down view of the ingredients used to make a famous pumpkin pie from scratch.
Famous Pumpkin Pie from Scratch
  • Heavy Cream. This is also called heavy whipping cream and is found near the milk.
  • Whole Milk. The richness and fat of whole milk are important for this recipe. It’s a dessert, so don’t worry about using low-fat ingredients.
  • Eggs. Large eggs are preferred for most recipes.
  • Vanilla Extract. Buy pure vanilla extract and avoid that labeled imitation vanilla which can sometimes have questionable sources.
  • Pumpkin Puree. Don’t mistake this for pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling already has sugar and spices in it. It’s not the same as pumpkin puree and will not taste as good in this recipe.
  • Drained Candied Yams. This is the secret ingredient and improves the flavor of the pumpkin pie! Drain the yams from one fifteen-ounce can.
  • Sugar. White granulated sugar.
  • Maple Syrup. Using maple syrup adds such a nice flavor profile.
  • Ground Ginger. The original recipe calls for freshly grated ginger. Debi used ground ginger, and that’s exactly what I would have done and did.
  • Ground Cinnamon. Saigon cinnamon is very fragrant and delicious!
  • Ground Nutmeg. Using ground spices ensures that every bite has a consistent flavor and spice level, and it’s just right.
  • Finely Ground Sea Salt. You can substitute this for regular iodized table salt if that is all you have. I love using fine sea salt in recipes, though; you should give it a try.
  • One Pie Crust. I recommend our All-Butter Pie Crust Recipe!

As you can see, this recipe for Pumpkin Pie doesn’t use evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk. I promise you it doesn’t need it.

Tools You’ll Need For The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

How To Make A Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Step 1: Prepare.

Preheat the oven. Center the oven rack to the middle position and remove extra racks. Place an empty sheet pan on the oven rack.

TIP: Cover the sheet pan with foil for easy clean-up.

Step 2: Mix.

Whisk the cream, milk, eggs, yolks, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Step 3: Cook.

Combine pumpkin puree, yams, sugar, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan (3 qt.) and simmer. Mash the yams against the sides of the saucepan as you stir.

Remove pan from heat and whisk in cream mixture until fully incorporated. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and whisk again until smooth.

Top down view of pumpkin pie filling mixed until creamy.
Smooth and creamy pumpkin pie filling

Step 4: Fill.

Place pie crust into the pie plate and carefully place the pie plate on the preheated baking sheet. Pour the pumpkin pie filling into the pie crust.

Step 5: Bake.

You will need to gradually reduce the temperature as you bake the pie, so follow the instructions carefully.

Step 6: Cool.

Set the pie on a cooling rack and let it cool completely before serving or refrigerator.

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How do you know when pumpkin pie is done?

This pie sets from the outside in. So, it’s done when the pie is set with just about a 2-inch center that is still jiggly. I also checked it with an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center. It’s done when it registers 175° F.

Do You Need to Blind Bake the Crust?

No, you don’t have to pre-bake the pie crust.

The original recipe has you “blind bake” the crust. However, Debi said she didn’t. They preferred a pie-soaked crust, so I didn’t pre-bake this crust.

I didn’t for this pie, but will the next time (personal preference). I’ve given you the instructions for doing either method in the recipe card.

Slice of perfect pumpkin pie dessert with a bite taken out of it.

How To Reheat & Store Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Best Way To Store The Best Pumpkin Pie

Make sure the pie is completely cooled at room temperature. Cover it loosely with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to four days.

Can I Freeze Homemade Pumpkin Pie?

This pumpkin pie from scratch freezes amazingly well. You can freeze it whole in a pie keeper or other air-tight container. You can also freeze individual portions for a quick and handy serving of dessert.

How To Serve This Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

You can serve this pie at room temperature the day it’s made or chilled with a big dollop of whipped cream. 

According to the USDA, you can leave the pie on the counter safely for a couple of hours, but make sure you refrigerate the leftovers.

Top down view of two slices of rich and creamy classic pumpkin pie.

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe FAQs

How do you avoid cracks in a pumpkin pie?

This pie goes into a hot oven for a burst of heat, but then the temperature is lowered for the remainder of the baking time. That and not overbaking your pie will help prevent cracks.

How do you keep pumpkin pie from sweating in the refrigerator?

Make sure the pie is completely cooled at room temperature before refrigerating.

Tips for the Perfect Pumpkin Pie

  • This recipe has you place your oven rack in the lowest position. In my oven, that rack tilts down making it difficult to push it back in without spilling the filling. I would move my rack up a notch or to the center.
  • Use a large pie plate. I had more filling than what my pie plate would hold. I used a deep dish 9-inch pie plate.
    • If you are buying your pumpkin pie crust, purchase one that will work with your pie plate, especially if you have a pretty one to use for the holidays.
  • You could definitely use this filling to make individual pies or pumpkin tarts.

What to Pair with Your Homemade Pumpkin Pie

This dessert does not need to be served with any other food, but you could pair it with a Black Gold Cocktail, a Salted Caramel Bourbon, or a Pumpkin Spice Latte boozy version or sugar-free version.

3/4 view of a slice of pumpkin pie from scratch topped with whipped cream.

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Don’t Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your Homemade Pumpkin Pie Came Out!

Oh, about my oven. Two weeks and $500 later and I’m back to baking.

Top down view of two slices of pumpkin pie topped with a swirl of whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie

Author: Julie Menghini
Rich, creamy pumpkin in a perfectly flakey all-butter crust makes this the best pumpkin pie recipe ever.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Chill time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Pumpkin Dessert, Pumpkin Pie
Servings: 8 Slices

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks (you will use 5 eggs total for this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 ounce pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup candied yams drained (from 15-ounce can)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 1 pie crust homemade or store-bought

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, and place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack.
  • Whisk cream, milk, eggs, yolks, and vanilla together in medium bowl, and set aside.
  • Combine pumpkin puree, yams, sugar, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring to a sputtering simmer over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes.
    Continue to simmer pumpkin mixture, stirring constantly and mashing yams against the sides of the saucepan, until thick and shiny, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cream mixture until fully incorporated.
    Strain mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Using the back of a ladle or spatula, press solids through the strainer. Re-whisk the mixture.
  • Roll out the pie crust into a 12-inch circle. Place the pie crust on the pie plate and trim the overhang to 1/2 inch beyond the lip of the plate. Tuck the overhang over itself and flute the dough evenly around the plate.
  • Place a pie crust on the pie plate and carefully place the plate on the preheated baking sheet. Pour the filling into the pie crust, and bake for 10 minutes at 400 °F.
    Without taking the pie out of the oven, reduce the heat to 350 °F and continue baking until the edges of the pie are set (instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 175 °F), 20 to 35 minutes longer.
    The center 2 inches of the pie should look firm but jiggles slightly; the pie finishes cooking with residual heat.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature and not in the refrigerator to ensure that the filling sets for about 4 hours. Cut into wedges and serve at room temperature or chilled with whipped cream.

Blind Baked Pie Crust method (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F and place a rimmed baking sheet on the oven rack centered in the oven.
  • Roll out the pie crust into a 12-inch circle. Place the pie crust on the pie plate and trim the overhang to 1/2 inch beyond the lip of the plate. Tuck the overhang over itself and flute the dough evenly around the plate.
    Cover the crust lightly and chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Line the chilled pie shell with a double layer of aluminum foil. Don't cover the edges of the crust. Fill with pie weights. Bake on the preheated baking sheet until the edges start to turn golden, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking.
  • Remove the foil and weights, rotate the sheet, and continue to bake the crust until golden brown and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 400 °F. Fill the warm pie crust with the filling and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Without taking the pie out of the oven, reduce the heat to 350 °F and continue baking until the edges of the pie are set (instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 175 °F, 20 to 35 minutes longer, rotating the sheet halfway through baking.
  • Cool the pie completely on a cooling rack, for about 4 hours. Serve.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from American Test Kitchen and Life Currents blog.

Nutrition

Calories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 7gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 441mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 3gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 8940IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

I want to thank Debi for what I believe is The Best Pumpkin Pie recipe, and hope you will check out Life Currents and this mega talented, beautiful person.

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Recipe Rating




Brandi Burgess

Friday 7th of October 2022

My family loves this pumpkin pie!!!!!!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 8th of October 2022

We do too! It's special since we don't make it but at Thanksgiving.

Susannah

Friday 7th of October 2022

Every year I try a new pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving, hoping to find the best one. This one looks like a major winner! I can't wait to try it this year.

Julie Menghini

Saturday 8th of October 2022

We really loved this recipe too Susannah!

susan | thewimpyvegetarian

Tuesday 4th of October 2022

This looks like the pie I need to make next week for a party. And thanks for the tips on preventing cracks in a pie. I've had that happen before!

Sue Ringsdorf

Tuesday 4th of October 2022

Pie is not usually my thing, but THIS ONE surprised me! Guess who is making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? ME!!

Ellen

Tuesday 4th of October 2022

It's just not Thanksgiving without a yummy pumpkin pie!