Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Not only is this pumpkin pie incredibly easy – it’s the most moist, flavorful, all around perfect pumpkin pie! Made from canned pumpkin, seasonal spices, and evaporated milk, this pie is a must have dessert during the holidays. Once you try this Homemade Pumpkin Pie recipe, you’ll never go back to store bought!

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Who here loves Pumpkin Pie? This recipe we’re sharing today has been our go-to Pumpkin Pie recipe for several years (it’s a Thanksgiving favorite along with our Pecan Pie and Homemade Apple Pie). It comes from Luby’s, a favorite restaurant that is sadly now out of business. I’ve never been much of a pumpkin pie person, until I tried THIS pumpkin pie recipe.

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I never would have thought that pumpkin pie was this easy to make, but once your crust is made (or purchased from the store ;)) it only takes a few minutes to put the filling together!

This pumpkin pie filling is SO DELICIOUS. Perfectly sweet, moist, full of pumpkin flavor, and just the right amount of spices. It’s made up of pretty standard pumpkin pie ingredients, but I’ll let you in on a little secret… Evaporated milk! This secret ingredient is what gives the pie its amazing texture, and contributes to the perfectly sweet taste.

Pumpkin Pie CrustA delicious, flaky, homemade crust!!

How to Make Pumpkin Pie:

This is a easy homemade pumpkin pie recipe from scratch (okay, not entirely from scratch… It does use canned pumpkin puree rather than fresh pumpkin), but you can simplify it even more by using a store bought crust rather than homemade.

If you’re feeling ambitious and want to make a homemade crust, you can use the pie crust recipe found here, minus the apple cider vinegar. Make sure to follow the instructions on chilling the crust before adding the pie filling!

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Once your crust is ready, make your pie filling by lightly beating the eggs until they are well blended. Add canned pumpkin (NOTE: this is canned pumpkin and NOT canned pumpkin pie filling – we typically used Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin), milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Mix until well blended, then pour the filling evenly into the pie shells (this recipe makes 2 pies).

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve at room temperature, and dress it up with any of these topping ideas:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Sugared Nuts (Pecans are great!)
  • Scoop of Ice Cream (Vanilla, Caramel, or Cinnamon)
  • Mini Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Syrup

Making pumpkin pie doesn’t have to be hard, but if you’re still new to making it, there may be some questions you come up with. Hopefully, this section helps out.

Why does pumpkin pie separate from crust? This is pretty normal! When custard pie fillings (like pumpkin) cook and cool, they typically shrink, causing separation from the crust.

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Do you need to blind bake crust for pumpkin pie?

This might only be applicable if you do a homemade crust recipe. If you are using a store bought crust, you don’t need to worry about pre-baking the crust. Just throw the filling in and bake. 

However, if you are making a homemade crust, it is best to blind bake it (pre-bake without any filling). To do this, simply place your rolled out pastry dough in your pie pan, flute the edges if you like, and line the pastry with two layers of tinfoil, pressing it to the bottom and sides. Make sure the foil extends over the edges of the pie pan to prevent excess browning. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil, and bake for another 2-4 minutes until it barely starts to brown.

Fill with the pie filling while the crust is still hot, cover the edges with a pie crust ring, or with strips of tin foil, so they don’t get too brown. Remove the ring/foil during last 15 minutes of baking.

How do you make pumpkin pie from real pumpkin?

While it’s definitely not as simple, you might prefer the flavor of pie made with fresh pumpkin. Here’s how to make your own pumpkin puree!

Take a pumpkin (1½ pound pumpkin will yield about 2 cups of puree) and split it in half using a knife. Scrape out all of the seeds and stringy bits with a spoon, and place the halves cut side up on a foil-covered baking sheet. Roast in the oven at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes for a small pumpkin, and about an hour for a larger one.

If the flesh is still thick and hard to scrape, then the pumpkin needs to roast longer. Scrape out all of the flesh until the rind is empty, and puree it using a blender, or mash by hand. Once it’s mashed, it’s ready to be used in your recipes!

Does pumpkin pie need to be refrigerated?

After pulling a pumpkin pie out of the oven, it has to sit and cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, homemade pumpkin pie can be left at room temperature for about two hours, but because it’s made with milk and egg, it can start to develop harmful bacteria if it’s left out much longer. Store it in the fridge, loosely covered, for 3-5 days.

Can you freeze pumpkin pie?

If you want your pumpkin pie to last longer than 3-5 days, you can store  it in the freezer, either as a whole pie or in individual slices.

If you start making the pie with the intention of  freezing it, bake it in a disposable aluminum pan—this will allow it to freeze quicker (the quicker, the better). Regardless of what type of pie dish you bake it in, let your pie cool completely before putting it in the freezer. Otherwise, steam and moisture will get trapped under the crust and ruin the texture. Wrap it tightly in a couple layers of plastic wrap (and one layer of foil for good measure), and store on a flat shelf in the freezer for a month, or two at most.

When you’re ready to eat the pie, let it thaw in the fridge. It will take at least 12 hours, so plan accordingly! Thawing at room temperature will make it thaw too quickly, resulting in a soggy crust.

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If there’s any question in your mind whether you should try this pumpkin pie recipe this holiday season, I’ll answer it for you now. DO IT! Seriously, this pie will turn anyone into a pie lover.

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Not only is this pumpkin pie incredibly easy - it's the most moist, flavorful, all around perfect pumpkin pie! Made from canned pumpkin, seasonal spices, and evaporated milk, this pie is a must have dessert during the holidays.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 273 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 29 oz canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 9 inch pie crusts unbaked homemade or store bought

Instructions

  1. Lightly beat eggs until well blended. Add pumpkin, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Mix until well blended. Pour evenly into pie shells.

  2. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

TRIED AND TRUE FINDINGS

  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 8 - 12
  • ANY CHANGES MADE: none
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: none

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Kellyn Carpenter

Kellyn is a mom of 4 and loves to try and test out new recipes. She loves to find the best dinner and dessert recipes around and share them with those in the blogosphere.

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  1. Pumpkin pie is always a must at Thanksgiving. For me its my favorite dessert. You can make your own pie crust or use the premade crust. Either way you will have a delicious pie ready for the feaSt!

  2. I made this pumpkin pie a couple weeks ago to see how we’d like it & my hubby said it was the best pumpkin pie he’s ever had. it was creamy & smooth & easy to make! I’m excited to make it for my in-laws at thanksgiving!