How to Make Traditional Homemade American Pumpkin Pie!
And you probably take canned pumpkin for granted. You're there, the can is there, there's a pumpkin on the label... open it and mix it up with spices to make a pie, right? Ah, but a pumpkin pie made from a fresh pumpkin tastes so much better than the glop that was processed last year! Here's how to do it, complete instructions in easy steps and completely illustrated. And it is much easier than you think, using my "patented" tips and tricks!
Directions for Making Pumpkin Pie
- a pie pumpkin (see step 1). IF
- Pie crust (Click here for illustrated pie crust instructions! they will open in a new window)
- See step 3 for the spices and other ingredients
- A sharp, large serrated knife
- an ice cream scoop
- a large microwaveable bowl or large pot
Recipe and Directions
Step 1 - Get your pumpkin
You can use either a fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin. Fresh, obviously tastes much better! "Pie pumpkins" are smaller, sweeter, less grainy textured pumpkins than the usual jack-o-lantern types. grocery stores usually carry them in late September through December in the U.S. Note: the Libby's can of cooked pumpkin is just there for reference - it is the small can, so that gives you an idea of the size of a typical pie pumpkin. They're only about 8 inches in diameter.
Just like selecting any squash, look for one that is firm, no bruises or soft spots, and a good orange color.
For directions on preparing the pumpkin, click here. The rest of the recipe below assumes you have already cooked your pumpkin or are using canned pumpkin (which is already cooked).IF
Here is what cooked fresh pumpkin looks like! You'll need 3 cups of pumpkin puree.
Step 2 - Make the pie crust
Yes, I know there are ready-made pie crusts in the frozen section at the store, but they really are bland and doughy. A flaky crust is easy to make!
It is also time to start preheating the oven. Turn it on and set it to 400 F (200 C, for those in Europe) . Click here for illustrated pie crust instructions! (it will open in a new window)
Step 3 - Mix the pie contents
All the hard work is behind you! Here's where it gets really easy. If you start with a fresh 8" pie pumpkin, you will get about 3 cups of cooked, mashed pumpkin. The right amount of ingredients for this is as follows:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- one half teaspoon ground ginger
- one half teaspoon salt (optional, I don't use any)
- 4 large eggs
- 3 cups pumpkin glop (ok... "sieved, cooked pumpkin")
- 1.5 cans (12oz each) of evaporated milk (I use the nonfat version)
Mix well using a hand blender or mixer.
Step 4 - Pour into the pie crust
I like a deep, full pie, so I fill it right up to about one quarter to one half inch from the very top.
Step 5 - Bake the pie
Bake at 425 F (210 C ) for the first 15 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350 F ( 175 C ) and bake another 45 to 60 minutes, until a clean knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Here is the finished pie, right out of the oven:I use a blunt table knife to test the pie. The knife below has already been stuck in the pie, and you see it comes out pretty clean, when the pie is done.
Step 6 - Cool the pie
Feedback and Comments
Comments from a visitor on November 03, 2011: "Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I followed your recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake pie...It was fantastic!!! Out of one pie pumpkin I made two nine inch deep dish pies and had enough to make a crust-less pie. I kept the crust less for my son and I and gave one to my friend and the other to my mom. They loved them! I am not a big fan of pumpkin pie but the cheesecake mixed with it, it's my new favorite. The recipe was well explained and so easy to follow. I have bookmarked your site and will use it for more than just the recipes. I'm so glad I found your site, thank you! New fan, Crystal. "
Complete Water Bath Canner Kit
This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother
used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and
spaghetti sauce!. This complete kit includes everything you need: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs,
lid lifting wand, six pint jars with lids and rings, a plastic funnel,
labels, bubble freer, and the bible of canning, the Ball Blue Book. You'll
never need anything else except more jars and lids!
Average Customer Review:
Deluxe Food Strainer & Sauce Maker
With the Deluxe Food Strainer/Sauce Maker, you can make creamy apple sauce and smooth tomato sauce without having to peel and core! This muli-use strainer forces food through a stainless steel screen, automatically separating the juice and pulp from the seeds, shins, and stems. Perfect for purees, creamed soups, baby foods, pie filling, juices, jams, and more. Save time, effort, and money by preparing your own tasty sauces to be used immediately or boiled for future use. Do bushels with ease and in a fraction of the time. Includes the tomato/apple screen with easy twist on design and instruction/recipe booklet.
The Deluxe model comes with the standard Tomato/Apple Screen; as well as the Berry Screen, Pumpkin Screen, and Grape Spiral. Note
Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.
Need lids, rings and replacement jars? Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes? Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!
Can't find the equipment? We ship to all 50 states! Just email us!
This page was updated on 26-Jan-2018
Remember to ALWAYS call the farm or orchard BEFORE you go - weather, heavy picking and business conditions can always affect their hours and crops!
Our other free, informative sites you may like:
EHSO.com - Environmental health and safety information and guidance for the home
ConsumerFraudReporting.org - Information about identity theft, frauds and scams; how to report them and how to protect your identity.
FitnessAndHealthScience.org - Practical fitness, health and diet information that works.
And our other related websites!
Care to Donate to help me keep the website going? Donate to me at Benevia here:
feedback form for questions,
comments and feedback about farms -
Use this form suggest a farm to add to
Or as a last result (I reply to the forms FIRST),write me at
Permission is given to link to any page on www.pickyourown.org Do NOT copy and republish this page in whole or part, that is a copyright violation which will be prosecuted: link to the page instead!
Looking for jobs on farms?