Pumpkin Pie

The race is on!  Thanksgiving is done (for those of you who just celebrated it) and it’s a mad dash to the finish line for the winter holidays.  However, I’d like to take this moment to slow down and marvel at what I enjoyed over Thanksgiving, like this awesome pumpkin pie.

This pie is a classic pumpkin pie at its finest with all its glorious spices.

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe
(10 inch pie, about 8 servings)


  • 1 layer of pie crust (homemade or store-bought), uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  3. Mix in the eggs, pumpkin puree, and evaporated milk.
  4. Line a 10 inch round baking pan with one uncooked pie crust.
  5. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the crust.
  6. Cover the outer edge of the pie crust with a pie crust protector or tin foil.
  7. Place the pie on a baking sheet on the lower shelf of the preheated oven and bake it for 10 minutes.
  8. Lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees F and bake it for an additional 50 minutes or until a butter knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Let the pie cool for at least 1 hour before serving.

Cover with tin foil or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.


Baking tip: The seasoning in the pumpkin mixture may have a tendency to settle.  If it’s been sitting in the bowl while you prepare the crust, give it another stir to make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

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Pumpkin pie is my favorite pumpkin goodie, by far!  And this recipe is the real deal.  The pumpkin filling is a tad sweet and a whole lot of deliciously spicy.  Oh, it’s so velvety smooth!  If you eat pumpkin pie warm or room temperature, the spices will have an enhanced flavor and the filling will be soft almost like a custard.  We prefer our pie straight from the fridge cold when the filling is firm.  To each their own.     🙂

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I think the combination of spices can make or break a pumpkin pie.  Bland pies are just…bland and boring.  Cinnamon alone is not enough.  Ginger and nutmeg are strong flavors so you don’t want too much of those, but they can’t be missing either.  The ratio of spices here is shear perfection and I believe that is the key to what makes this recipe out of this world!

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Paired with the flaky crust, it’s honestly the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had (and I’ve had plenty over the years).

I arranged some decorative leaves on top, using a portion of my homemade pie crust recipe (See also my Blueberry Pie post for further instructions on how to make decorative pie crust pieces).  I wanted the pie extra pretty for the dessert table (not to mention that it this just means that there is more flaky pie crust to enjoy in each bite).  The little pieces of crust tend to make cutting the pie a bit trickier, but you can move them and then dish them out like treats.

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My husband was very happy that I needed to cut a piece for the photo shoot because he was the first to sample it before the family gathering.

Whipped cream is a must at this party, but everyone can have as much or as little as they want. I like a little dollop and my husband likes his pumpkin pie where the pie itself is completely hidden by the huge piles of whipped cream.     🙂

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Sure you could add a streusel on top or incorporate chocolate or nuts, basically a million ways to get creative with this pie.  They could all very well be tasty, but if pumpkin pie is going to make an appearance at our dessert table then it will always just be simple traditional pie. Mmm, pie.     🙂



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Source: My mother-in-law’s mom


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  1. Hubby and I were just reflecting last night and neither of us had pumpkin pie. I don’t believe I can’t let the year end without some pumpkin pie. I better whip one up soon. Looks fantastic!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, we are HUGE fans of pumpkin pie. My husband asks me to make it in the middle of the summer! He’s not wrong…they sell cans of pumpkin all year long. 🙂

  2. I cannot get enough pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving! I really like the little leafs you put on yours – will definitely have to try that next year! (or this Christmas … ooh, I like it! Thank you for sharing!)

    1. Tina says:

      I’m the same as you. We were sad eating the last bites of this pie. I’m glad you like the little leaves. 🙂 Swap them out for Christmas ones and it would be perfect for Christmas. 🙂

  3. Looks great. Love pumpkin this time of year.

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  4. Ya know, I never make a regular pumpkin pie (or any pie) on Thanksgiving, and I have no idea why because I really really love it. This looks so delicious, and I am regretting my pieless turkey day already!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh no! Make up for it at the next holiday affair. 🙂 My husband and I like pie more than cake so there’s never a question that it’s a must at our dessert table.

  5. What a perfect looking pie!!!

    1. Tina says:

      You’re so sweet. 🙂 Thank you.

  6. Pumpkin pie is something I can never get enough! Yum!

    1. Tina says:

      Same page! 🙂

  7. What a lovely pie Tina! Looks perfect! I hope you had wonderful Thanksgiving. Have a great week my friend!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Anne! Thanksgiving was lovely…lots of good food and time with family. I took a few days off from blogging and day job and it was rest much needed. 🙂 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too.
      I’m so thankful to have met you this year. You are a wonderful person and friend! 🙂

  8. Kelly says:

    Love traditional pumpkin pie too and yours looks so pretty with the little leaves! It sounds wonderful with all the right amount of spices. Hehe, we enjoy eating pumpkin pie right out of the fridge too 🙂 Great recipe Tina and hope you have a fantastic week!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Kelly! You too have a lovely week. 🙂

  9. This pie looks amazing! I think pumpkin pie might just be one of my favorite kind of pies. The small pieces of crust on top of the pie make the pie look super cute!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  10. I’ve never tried pumpkin pie as it’s not really traditional here, but seeing your pics, I’m eager to give it a go! If only I had a big slice in front of me right now… 😉

    1. Tina says:

      I wish you lived closer because I’d invite you over for afternoon pie tasting. 🙂

  11. I made my first pumpkin pie this year! But yours is so much cuter with the little crust cut outs in the middle. I love that. More crust is always better. That would have worked great for me since my pie got a little crack down the center, whoops!

    1. Tina says:

      That’s awesome you made it for the first time! Like my husband says…the stomach doesn’t care about what it looks like. 😉 My pumpkin pies sometimes crack in the middle too. I read online that it’s either because it’s over baked or it cooled down too quickly. I’ve never over baked it, so I’ll have to work on techniques to make sure it doesn’t cool too fast. If you learn anything let me know!

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