Perfect Pumpkin Pie

11.12.2017

An absolute Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving must – the Perfect Pumpkin Pie! It’s a main highlight of the meal so it had better be good right?? Here’s my idea of the most dreamy pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie

As long as I can remember Pumpkin Pie has been at our Thanksgiving meal every year without fail. That’s a lot of pumpkin pies for me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My mom rarely baked but every year she made two pumpkin pies. And it was always pumpkin pie. Never apple, never chocolate, always pumpkin but we absolutely loved it!

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It’s was a family tradition and every Thanksgiving when I get to cut into a homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving it takes me back home and reminds me of all those delicious Thanksgiving meals and that special pie my mom made once a year.

And now to keep that going I’ve taking my mom’s classic pumpkin pie and just added all my favorite little details.

Pumpkin Pie

Over the years I’ve learned lots of little tips and tricks to getting the best pumpkin pie. Don’t get my wrong my mom’s pie was wonderful but she didn’t care for details, she just used the recipe from the back of the pumpkin can – which is delicious but I love being picky about food :).

I’ve learned things like partially blind baking the crust first so you don’t end up with a soggy crust in the end.

Also, use a lot of butter in that pie crust and don’t over-work it.

Add a hint of sour cream or very well softened cream cheese (which I usually blend into the sugar if I go that route) to give it a little dimension.

Go for cream instead of evaporated milk. I mean if you were to take of sip of each one side by side which one will taste better? The cream obviously not the canned milk, and either works in pumpkin pie so cream in the pie it is.

 

Pumpkin Pie

Don’t over-bake your pie or you’ll end up with large unwanted cracks. Also, skip that traditional 425 f. high temperature to start out with, a custard based pie does better off with relatively lower temperatures.

Go for a higher ratio of brown sugar, it adds more flavor – hints of those caramel-like notes.

Tent all of the crust edges with foil while baking so they don’t burn (skip the pie shield as you could cut into the pumpkin pie filling as it rises a little). Making the foil ring can be annoying but it’s worth it.

And use good quality spices (that haven’t gone stale), and use plenty of them.

When I say “good quality” spices I’m referring to McCormick spices. They have such a pure flavor and it’s a brand I fully trust in helping achieving the best pumpkin pie!

You can use the McCormick Pumpkin Pie spice here, but I prefer to create my own blend because that way I end with just the amount I want of each spice.

Pumpkin Pie

This isn’t your buy a pre-formed pie crust and dump in a basic filling pie, but rather it’s a made from scratch Pumpkin Pie that would have made your grandmother proud.

It’s sure to please down to the last creamy, flaky, irresistibly pumpkin flavored bite!

 

Pumpkin Pie

Note that this pie will hold just fine if you want to make it a day in advance so you can get one thing out of the way the day before Thanksgiving. Just store it in the refrigerator (after it’s cooled completely).

Hidden in the refrigerator that is :). Otherwise people won’t be able to resist and wait until the following day if they were to see it sitting there in plain site, and you may just open up your fridge to a half eaten pie.

It is truly irresistable!

Pumpkin Pie

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

5 from 3 votes

My idea of the perfect pumpkin pie! Make this one if you are looking to impress! Love all the little details that really make a difference. It's love at first bite.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 10

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp (152g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, diced into small pieces
  • 3 - 5 Tbsp ice water
  • 1 large egg white, whisked (reserve the yolk for filling)

Filling

  • 3/4 cup (160g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp McCormick Ground Cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk (anything but skim)
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream

Instructions

For the crust:

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Add in butter and cut it into flour using a pastry blender until it's becomes evenly distributed and there's larger pea size clumps scattered throughout. 

  2. Drizzle in ice water 1 Tbsp at a time and toss with a rubber spatula after each addition until it comes together in larger clumps and mixture will hold when pressed together. 

  3. Gather the dough into a ball then pat and press into a 6-inch disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill 1 - 2 hours.

  4. Roll dough out on a well floured surface to about a 13-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate that's 2-inches deep (I used this one HERE). Fold about 1/4-inch of the outer edge underneath and create a small flute design.

  5. Chill 30 minutes meanwhile preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

  6. Place a sheet of heavy duty foil or crinkled then flattened out parchment paper over crust then fill with dry beans or pie weights. Bake 10 minutes. 

  7. Remove beans and foil and continue to bake 5 - 8 minutes until crust appears slightly dry. 

  8. Remove from oven and immediately brush crust all over with a thin layer of egg white, set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

For the filling:

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves while breaking up clumps of brown sugar with fingertips. 

  2. Add in eggs and egg yolks and whisk until well blended. Mix in pumpkin and vanilla.

  3. Then whisk in heavy cream, milk and sour cream until combined. 

  4. Pour filling into pie crust. Tent crust edges loosely with a ring made of foil while leaving room for pie filling to expand slightly.  

  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 55 - 70 minutes until edges are nearly set but center still jiggles slightly.
  6. Cool on a wire rack at least 2 hours before serving (I do prefer it cold, if you want it chilled through chill 3 hours after room temperature cooling). Store in refrigerator. Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

This post was sponsored by McCormick. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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19 comments

  • marlene: Looks fabulous and a must to bake and devour for sure. Could you send me you recipe and amount of spices you personally use for making a single pumpkin pie. It’s always nice to try something new. Thaks for sharing this yummy looking piel November 13, 2017 at 6:31am Reply

  • Doris: I am anxious to make and serve this pie for family on Thanksgiving. You are correct regarding using the best spices as they truly make a difference. I have always used brown sugar with white sugar but the addition of the sour cream sounds lovely! Yes , the heavy cream too—wow! Thanks for a great recipe. November 13, 2017 at 6:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you and your family love this Doris! Have a great Thanksgiving! November 13, 2017 at 9:39pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Just gorgeous, this is the perfect pumpkin pie! :) November 16, 2017 at 11:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Laura! November 17, 2017 at 12:13pm Reply

  • Nina: Can you use fresh pumpkin purée? November 18, 2017 at 1:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes but it may alter the consistency just slightly as the fresh pumpkin puree can tend to be a little more watery. November 18, 2017 at 9:49pm Reply

  • Lenore: I need to make 2 pies. Can I double the recipe or would it be better to make them individually? And Isill be using the large can of pumpkin. Is that enough pumpkin for double your recipe as it is written? November 19, 2017 at 7:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could just double the recipe for two pies. And the large can is just 1 oz. shy of what double would be (29 oz. instead of 30) so that should be fine. I hope you love this pumpkin pie recipe! November 20, 2017 at 8:14pm Reply

  • Brittany: Is this recipe for one pie? I assumed it is, so I doubled all the ingredients to make two pies and I ended up with a lot of extra filling. It is also very light in color as if I used to much cream. They are in the oven now. I hope they turn out ok as I’m feeding them to guests first thing in the morning! Thanks! November 20, 2017 at 9:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes the recipe is for one pie, but as mentioned in the recipe you do need to use a deeper pie dish. When I’ve tried to use a regular pie dish there’s too much filling. And the filling will get darker as it bakes. Hope they turn out perfect for you! November 20, 2017 at 11:30pm Reply

  • Alena: When shall I put the egg white into the crust?.. November 22, 2017 at 6:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s seems kind of strange but it’s right after you take the partially baked pie crust out of the oven, so the egg white sets and creates a sort of barrier to the pumpkin filling seeping heavily into the crust. Hope you love this pumpkin pie Alena, happy holidays! November 23, 2017 at 12:39am Reply

  • Kari: This sound yummy to me, but my kids totally dislike sour cream, can you taste it at all in this pie? November 27, 2017 at 2:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No it’s definitely not a pronounced sour cream flavor at all, it simply just adds some depth to the pie :). November 28, 2017 at 9:56pm Reply

  • Romelle Baker-Jarvis: I thought I knew how to make the definitive pumpkin pie. That was the case until I tried this recipe! I grow my own butternut squash and used my home-grown veggie to make this pie. It is the best damn recipe I have ever made. It was a Thanksgiving hit and is on tap again for Christmas! December 22, 2017 at 10:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy you loved it Romelle! December 28, 2017 at 6:31pm Reply

  • Ninochka: So good Pumpkin Pie! Thank you :) March 13, 2018 at 2:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! March 15, 2018 at 10:24pm Reply

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