Crisps & Pies
Last updated on: November 14, 2018
An easy recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Pie. This pumpkin pie recipe is perfect for the holidays!
You didn’t think I would post a homemade pie crust tutorial and not share a few pie recipes with you, did you? Don’t worry, I have one more pie recipe coming next week! It’s a mini version of a classic that I think you will absolutely love. But first, it’s time for homemade pumpkin pie.
If there’s one thing I look forward to at Thanksgiving, it’s the pumpkin pie. Ok, pumpkin pie topped with a huge serving a whipped cream. Today’s recipe is my absolute favorite recipe for homemade pumpkin pie. One bite and you’ll be wondering why you’ve never made your own pumpkin pie at home. And then you’ll also realize how dangerously easy it is to make your own pumpkin pie.
You’ll start out with a pie crust, you can use a store-bought pie crust or my homemade pie crust recipe. If you’re not sure how to make homemade pie crust, I promise it’s much easier than you may think!
You’ll roll out the pie crust, fit it in the pie dish, then trim and flute the edges. Next, you’ll blind bake the pie crust. If you’re wondering what in the world blind baking means, it simply means to partially bake the pie crust before adding the filling. Blind baking is really great for custard pies (like pumpkin pie) because it helps to keep your crust from turning out soggy. You’ll have a nice flaky and crisp pie crust, since you’re partially baking the crust before adding your filling.
Also, you want to use pie weights when blind baking the crust. You’ll line the pie crust with some foil or parchment paper, making sure to cover the bottom and sides really well, and fill it with pie weights. Pie weights are just little ceramic or metal balls that help weigh down the crust as it bakes so the pie crust keeps its shape. If you don’t have pie weights you can use dried beans or even dry rice instead.
As for the pumpkin pie filling, it’s as easy as just mixing the wet and dry ingredients, then mixing it all together in one bowl. For the sugar in this recipe, I prefer to use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar because it adds a little extra flavor. You’ll also be using a little flour to help thicken the filling a bit, along with some spices to give your pie that traditional pumpkin pie flavor. Then, you’ll mix together a can of pumpkin puree, some evaporated milk, and three eggs, and mix it together with the dry ingredients. You’ll pour the pumpkin pie filling into the partially baked crust and bake it at 400°F for about 45-50 minutes.
The best way to prevent cracks in your pumpkin pie is to avoid over baking it. I usually bake mine for about 45 minutes at 400°F and remove it while the center is still a little wobbly. While the pumpkin pie cools, the residual heat will continue to cook the pie and the center will finish cooking and firm up.
Don’t worry if you do end up with a crack or two in your pumpkin pie because you can easily decorate the pie to cover it up or just eat it. And I can tell you from experience that even if it has a crack or two, this pumpkin pie still tastes incredible! Since this pumpkin pie is great to make the day before, it also frees up that precious oven space in your kitchen for Thanksgiving.