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Hi Bold Bakers!
WHAT YOU GET: Wondering how to make pumpkin pie? My Homemade Pumpkin Pie recipe pairs rich pumpkin filling with my flaky Homemade Pie Crust — and it is a must for the holidays!
Bold Baking is all about baking with confidence anytime, anywhere. This means mastering the building blocks for great desserts and easily using them to create a homemade masterpiece!
And I’ve got you covered when it comes to using those building blocks to make a magnificent holiday pie. In my Homemade Pumpkin Pie recipe, I’ve elevated the flavor profiles of both the pumpkin filling and pie crust for an uber-decadent dessert that will blow store-bought versions out of the park.
It’s a foolproof recipe once you’ve got these individual components down. The good news is you can make this in under an hour with eight ingredients! It’ll be ready in a jiff, but it will taste absolutely delicious. Give it a try this holiday season!
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
If you’re wondering how to make a great pumpkin pie every time, know that it starts with the star ingredient: pumpkin.
I like making my own pumpkin puree, and it’s much simpler than you think! Be sure to check out my Bold Baking Basic recipe, How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree. If you want to make your own pumpkin puree, it’s a great way to make use of one of the season’s best ingredients.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with using store-bought canned puree. Just make sure it is canned pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling. Canned pumpkin pie filling comes pre-sweetened and pre-spiced, and using it in this recipe will make your pie overly sweet. You want to use the pumpkin puree as a blank canvas for your spices, evaporated milk, and maple syrup.
Can You Use Store-Bought Pie Crust To Make Pumpkin Pie?
This quintessential pumpkin pie depends as much on the crust as it does on the filling. If you take the time to make homemade pumpkin pie filling, take the time to make the homemade crust, too. There are places to cut corners (like with the canned pumpkin puree), and then there are places where store-bought versions simply will not do. Homemade crust simply tastes better.
My How to Make Pie Crust post has you covered with all you need to know about a quality pie crust. The recipe ensures you’ll make the perfect pie crust every time. However, if you’re pinched for time, you can buy a premade crust, but just be sure it’s good quality and properly defrosted if used from frozen.
Tools You Need To Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie:
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rolling pin
- 9-inch pie pan
- Mixing bowls
- Pastry brush
- Wire rack
- Optional: Decorative cookie cutters and aluminum foil
How Do I Know When My Pumpkin Pie Is Done?
As the filling of a pumpkin pie is custardy, it can be tricky to know if your pie filling is fully cooked. The pumpkin itself is super moist and rich, so when combined with evaporated milk, sugar, and maple syrup, a rich creamy pudding-like texture is created. This mixture must be baked for around 35 minutes to ensure the pumpkin pie stays firm.
My favorite GoodCook 9-Inch Pie Pan is a non-stick darker metal, which means the pie is going to absorb the heat of the oven evenly, making for a crisp pie crust and perfectly set filling. When the pie is fully baked, there should be a slight jiggle in the center. Don’t be tempted to over-bake your pie, as this is what can cause the top of the pie to split (this happens when too much moisture escapes the filling).
After coming to room temperature and cooling, the pumpkin pie will be firm enough for slicing yet still have that ideal silky texture.
How To Store Pumpkin Pie
One of the best parts about the holidays is the leftovers! This pumpkin pie is just as good — if not better — the next day. I keep mine covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making The Best Pumpkin Pie:
- If you want to blind-bake your pie crust, you can use any dried beans, dried rice, or pie weights.
- Make sure to use pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling for this pumpkin pie recipe. Pumpkin puree is pure pumpkin or squash, pumpkin pie filling is already sweetened and spiced.
- Instead of canned pumpkin puree, try this with freshly roasted butternut squash puree!
- If you plan to make a lot of pies this season, make a few extra crusts! Wrapped well, they will keep in the freezer for a few months.
- If you are sensitive to wheat, try making this with my Gluten-Free Pie Crust!
- Any pumpkin pie is always better with Homemade Whipped Cream!
Check Out More Tasty Pumpkin Pie Recipes:
- Microwave Mug Pumpkin Pie
- Perfect Pumpkin Pecan Pie
- Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie
- Simple Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
- The Incredible Pumpkin Slab Pie
Watch The Recipe Video!
How To Make Pumpkin Pie
For the Crust
- 1 recipe pie crust, chilled (or good quality store-bought)
For the Pie Crust
For Pumpkin Pie Filling
- In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, egg, milk, sugar, maple syrup, pie spice, and salt and whisk until smooth.
Assemble the Pie
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Pour filling into the crust. If using decorative shapes around the crust, layer them around the edge of the filled pie.
- Brush the finished crust with egg wash.
- Bake at 425°F (220°C) for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C) and bake for 20 to 25 minutes longer or until the crust is golden brown and the top of the pie is set (cover edges with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning if necessary.)
- Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight or until set. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.