Pies & Tarts

How to Make Pumpkin Pie

From my Homemade Pie Crust, which is an absolute must, to my rich pumpkin filling, I will teach you How to Make Pumpkin Pie in a way that will have you craving it all year round!

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From my homemade Pie Crust, which is an absolute must, to my rich pumpkin filling, this recipe will have you craving pumpkin pie all year round!

Can you make your own pumpkin puree? Is store-bought OK?

If you’re wondering How To Make A Pumpkin Pie, well every great pumpkin pie starts with the star ingredient: pumpkin.

I like to make my own pumpkin puree so much I even made a Bold Baking Basic called How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree. If you want to make your own, it’s a great way to make the best of one of the seasons greatest ingredients. That said, there is nothing wrong with using a store bought canned puree, just make sure it is canned pumpkin puree and NOT a canned pumpkin pie filling.

You want to use the pumpkin puree as a blank canvas for your own spices, evaporated milk, and maple syrup.

How do you know when a pumpkin pie is done?

As the filling of a pumpkin pie is actually a custard of sorts, 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 needs to bake for around 35 minutes to make sure once the pumpkin pie has cooled it will stay firm.

My favorite GoodCook 9 Inch Pie Pan is a non-stick darker metal, which mean the pie is going to absorb the heat of the oven evenly, making for a crisp crust and perfectly set filling. When the pie is fully baked there SHOULD be a slight juggle to just the center of the pie, so do not be tempted to over-bake as THIS is what can cause the top of the pie to split (when too much moisture escapes the filling).

After coming to room temperature, then cooling the pie, it will be perfect for slicing yet hold onto that silky texture.

Can you use a store bought pie crust?

So just like my Perfect Classic Apple Pie, this quintessential pumpkin pie depends as much on the crust as it does the filling. If you take the time to homemake your pumpkin pie filling, take the time to homemake the crust, too. There are places to cut corners (like with the canned pumpkin puree), and then there are places when store bought simply will not do.

My How to Make Pie Crust post has you covered. The recipe ensures you’ll make the perfect pie crust every time. All that said, if you have to buy a pre-made crust just be sure it is good quality and properly defrosted if using from frozen.

How to store pumpkin pie

One of the best parts about the holidays is leftovers! The 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. I love to share leftovers with friends and neighbors especially since I started using my GoodCook Sweet Creations Carrier, which makes whatever I bring along look lovely and of course stay nice and safe while in transit.

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Mirasol G. Barg
Mirasol G. Barg
1 year ago

Hi Gemma, I love pumpkin pie but unfortunately groceries near me here in the Philippines don’t sell pumpkin puree, you can buy it only in International groceries which is too far from me. Can I substitute it with squash which is very common here. Can you please give me the ratio of squash to pumpkin and also the ingredients. Thanks

2 years ago

This is the first time I baked a pumpkin pie and though it’s tastes fantastic it has cracked. Thanks so much for an awesome tutorial. All your videos are so good. Feel like baking them all.. God bless you..

Racquel Monique Cacho- Byggjordet

I made this just now. My daughter has been requesting me (nagging really😁😄) to make this❤😊❤My Pumpkin Pie, one season super late🤭❤Thanks for the recipe❤ love from Norway❤

7 months ago

Can you use a graham cracker crust for a pumpkin pie?

7 months ago

Hi Gemma, I made my pumpkin pie and crust per your instructions, but my crust ended up making big bubbles with in the first 15 minutes! I watched the video and you said you didn’t blind bake and I didn’t see you dock the pastry before baking either… did I do something wrong??

7 months ago

Didnt figure out how do we do the crust and thr link of the video of preparing the pumpkin with all other ingrediants.

Catherine Simpson
Catherine Simpson
7 months ago

Hi Gemma, I was wondering if you ever made a watermelon pie because the only recipe I have is the one my grandma gave me from 50 years ago and I was hoping to find another way to make it.

Diane OConnor
Diane OConnor
8 months ago

Love all your recipes!!! I have your cookbook and enjoy all your substitute ideas. Thank you for making baking fun and delicious!

Deanna Carroll
9 months ago

First time making my own pie crust. My autistic son loves pumpkin pie so we made it for a school project. He LOVED it!!

Last edited 9 months ago by Royalmaj
Sarah Sharrad
10 months ago

Hello Gemma, How deep is your pie dish? Also, can I use a glass dish?

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