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After all these years, I finally have a fabulous pumpkin pie recipe to share with you. What took me so long? Well, for such a seemingly simple dessert, pumpkin pie can be tricky to make. Over the years, I’ve tested at least a dozen recipes and each one was plagued with either a filling that wouldn’t set properly, a massive crack down the center, or a lousy crust (i.e., soggy, doughy or shrunken). Whoever coined the term “easy as pie” had obviously never baked a pumpkin pie!

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Part of the challenge with pumpkin pie is that there are a lot of variables. First, there’s the type of pan you use: ceramic, glass and metal all behave differently. Second, no homemade pie crust is ever the same — plus, crust by nature is finicky. And, finally, pumpkin pie filling is a custard, which makes it difficult to gauge doneness. Most recipes instruct you to remove the pie from the oven when the filling is still a little jiggly — take it out too early and it never sets up; cook it too long and it cracks down the center (or, take it out at just the right time and still have it crack down the center). 

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In coming up with this recipe, my first step was to tackle the crust. I tried just about every kind — from butter to lard to shortening to combinations of all three — as well as a few tricks, like adding vodka to the dough. In the end, I went with a mostly butter dough with a little bit of shortening added for tenderness. This gave me a crust that tasted buttery, held its shape, and was easy to work with. To solve the problem of shrinkage during baking, I added a tiny bit of baking powder to the dough (a genius trick borrowed from one of my favorite pastry chefs, Nick Malgieri), which helped the crust expand into the pan rather than slip down the sides. And, finally, to prevent the dough from becoming soggy from the wet filling, I blind baked the crust until it was completely cooked.

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With the crust perfected, I got to work on getting rid of those unsightly cracks in the filling. Cracking is supposedly caused by over-baking, but I found that the cracks formed even when I under-baked my pies or cooked them perfectly. After much experimentation — and many sad-looking pumpkin pies — I discovered that adding a little flour to the filling and replacing some of the whole eggs with egg yolks stabilized the pie. Reducing the oven temperature helped too. Finally, no more cracking — even if I accidentally left the pie in the oven a few minutes too long.

At last, with my crust and filling conundrums solved, I had the foolproof pumpkin pie I’d been searching for. Here’s how to make it…

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Begin with the crust. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse a few times to combine.

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Add cold butter and shortening.

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Pulse until the mixture is crumbly with lots of chickpea-size clumps of butter and shortening within. These chunks of fat will steam as the dough cooks, creating a tender and flaky crust.

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Gradually add the ice cold water to the dough, pulsing until the dough is just moistened. It won’t come together into a mass; it will be very crumbly. That’s what you want.

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Dump the crumbly dough out onto a work surface. It will seem all wrong but don’t worry, it will come together.

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Gather it into a crumbly ball.

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And shape it into a disc about 4-inches wide and wrap in plastic.

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Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes — this allows the gluten to rest, which makes a tender dough less prone to shrinkage.

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Dust a work surface with flour and roll the dough into a 14-inch circle, dusting with more flour as necessary so it doesn’t stick. It will have a marbled appearance — that’s good!

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Drape the dough over the rolling pin and transfer it to the pie pan.

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Fit it into the pie pan, easing it inwards rather than stretching it outwards.

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Patch any tears, then trim the edges to about 1/2-inch beyond the lip of the dish.

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Fold the dough under itself along the rim, building it up.

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Next, press the edges down against the rim — this will help the crust stay put as it bakes. Otherwise, it’s prone to slip down the edges of the dish, especially if you use a glass or ceramic pie pan.

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Crimp the edges with your fingers or press with the tines of a fork.

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Place the crust in the freezer to chill while you preheat the oven. As I mentioned above, it’s important to “blind bake” your crust before filling it, otherwise the wet filling prevents the bottom of the crust from cooking, leaving you with a raw, doughy bottom crust.

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To blind bake the crust, cover it with a sheet of parchment paper and fill it halfway with dried beans or pie weights. This will hold the crust in place and prevent shrinkage. Cook for 20 minutes until the crust is set. Remove the parchment and beans, then tent the edges with strips of aluminum foil to prevent them from browning too much.

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Bake for another 20 minutes, until the crust is golden and completely cooked. This is long compared to most recipes but the crust won’t cook any more once you add the filling, so it’s important to make sure it’s flaky and crisp.

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While the crust finishes cooking, make the filling by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl. 

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Whisk until smooth.

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Add the filling to the cooked crust.

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Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until just set — it should look dry around the edges and set in the center, but if you nudge the pan, the center should jiggle slightly.

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The pie will look a little puffed when it comes out of the oven, but it will settle as it cools. Let cool to room temperature before slicing. Enjoy!

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Servings: 8-10 (Makes one 9-inch deep dish pie)
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes, plus time to chill the dough and cool the pie

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled with a knife
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6-1/2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening, in 4 pieces
  • 4 tablespoons ice cold water

For the Filling

  • 1 (15-oz) can pumpkin (about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large eggs yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups evaporated milk

Instructions

For the Crust

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the pieces of butter and shortening and pulse until you have coarse crumbs with lots of pea and chickpea-size clumps of butter and shortening within. Add half of the water and pulse a few times to incorporate. Add the remaining water and pulse until the mixture is just evenly moistened and very crumbly. It will not come together into a mass -- that's okay. Dump the crumbly dough out onto a work surface and gather it into a ball. Pat the dough into a 5-inch disc -- don't worry if the edges crack -- and wrap it in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes to rest.
  2. Take the dough out of the refrigerator (if it was in the fridge for a long time, let it sit on the countertop for 10-15 minutes so that it's malleable enough to roll). Dust your work surface lightly with flour and place the dough on top; sprinkle a little flour over the dough. Use your hands to quickly work the dough into a smooth disc -- don't over-work it or warm it up too much, just smooth the edges as best as you can so it's easier to roll. Roll the dough, adding more flour as necessary under and on top of the dough so it doesn't stick, into a 13-inch circle. Carefully drape the dough over the rolling pin and transfer it to a 9-inch deep dish pie pan (it should be at least 1-1/2 inches deep). Gently fit the dough into the pan, easing it inwards rather than stretching it outwards. Don't worry if it tears, just patch it right back up. Trim the edges to 1/2-inch beyond the lip of the pie pan. Turn the edges under to create a rim on the crust (you can use the scraps to patch in any thin areas); then press the rim against the lip of the pan, forming it into an even edge as you go. Using your fingers, crimp the rim. Place the crust in the freezer for at least 15 minutes while you heat the oven.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Remove the pie crust from the freezer and place on a baking sheet (this makes it easy to move in and out of the oven). Cover the crust with a piece of parchment paper and fill it about halfway full with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 20 minutes. Take the crust out of the oven; remove the parchment paper and beans/pie weights and tent the edges with a few strips of foil folded in half lengthwise. This will protect the edges from getting too dark. Bake for another 20 minutes, until the dough is dry and golden. Don't worry if the bottom puffs up; just press it down gently with a flat spatula, such as a pancake turner, taking care not to puncture it. Remove the foil but don't throw it away; you may need it again.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
  5. Make the filling by whisking together all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the filling into the pre-baked crust. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the filling is just set -- it should look dry around the edges and the center should jiggle just slightly if you nudge the pan. Keep a close eye on the pie as it bakes; if ever the crust looks like it's browning too quickly, tent the edges again with the foil strips. Cool the pie on a rack (leave it on the baking sheet) to room temperature, a few hours. Slice or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Note: If you use a store-bought crust, follow the instructions on the package for blind baking.
  7. Make Ahead: Pumpkin pie can be made one day ahead of time and refrigerated.
  8. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The dough can be made ahead and wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 1 month. If you freeze it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. The pie can be frozen after baking for up to 1 month. After it is completely cooled, double-wrap it securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Calories: 335
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Sodium: 287mg
  • Cholesterol: 103mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Reviews & Comments

  • Outstanding! Made this for coworkers today and they LOVED it! It’s so perfectly spiced and the black pepper left them wondering what magic I put into the pie! Perfect recipe!! Can’t thank you enough!!

    • — Amy on October 18, 2018
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  • I have never made pumpkin pie before and was a bit nervous seeing all the options out there. I made this recipe exactly as directed (using a pre-made frozen crust that didn’t require pre-baking) and it turned out beautifully!!! I made it as a treat for a friend who just gave birth and she loved it! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I see no need to search for any other pie recipes. This is a definite keeper😊

    • — Michele on October 18, 2018
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  • Hello!! It will be my first attempt in baking a pumpkin pie and this recipe seems to be the best one!! I wanted to ask you if I can use fresh pumpkin insted of canned. If yes, then should I do something differently?
    Thank you in advance!

    • — Katerina on October 17, 2018
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    • Hi Katerina, A few readers have commented that they used fresh pumpkin successfully, but I’ve never prepared it that way. Please let me know how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on October 18, 2018
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  • Just bought your cookbook after finding and making so many of your recipes found on the web. Your instructions are always crystal clear and everything is always delicious! I made this pie last year and it turned out great. Can’t wait for your next book!

    • — Caryn on October 14, 2018
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    • ❤️

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2018
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  • Made this yesterday, and although I made a few small changes I can honestly say this is one of the best pumpkin pies I have ever made. The custard is sweet (but not too sweet), creamy and perfectly spiced. Blind baking the crust keeps the bottom crispy and deliciously flaky. The top only had one small crack in it, probably from cooling too quickly.
    The changes I made: Using a combination of 1/2 whipping cream and 1/2 milk instead of evaporated milk, only because I didn’t read the recipe close enough before I went shopping; and using 1/4tsp nutmeg instead of a 1/2 tsp (I don’t like nutmeg very much) and subbing it out for 1/4tsp allspice. The last thing I did differently was to use freshly roasted pumpkin from my garden instead of canned. Not sure how much of a difference that made, but the whole thing turned out absolutely scrumptious.
    This pie is a definite winner. Thanks for this recipe!

    • — Kelsey on October 13, 2018
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  • Can I substitute the dough crust for a gram cracker crust?

    • — Monica on October 12, 2018
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    • Sure, Monica, that should work. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 12, 2018
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  • This pie recipie was pretty easy to do.
    Although I followed the recipie I didn’t allow time to refrigerate and so it was a little sloppy coming out of the pie plate. The taste was great but definitively needed to be in the fridge prior to serving to set up.

    • — Maria morell on October 9, 2018
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  • What temp?

    • — Ash on October 7, 2018
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    • Hi Ash, The crust gets baked at 375°F and the filling gets baked at 325°F. : It sounds like you are just looking at the portion of the page that has the pictures with some instructions underneath. If you scroll down a bit to under the pictures, you’ll find the full recipe. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 7, 2018
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  • This looks fabulous! I love the photos, too. Can you make this pie ahead of time or freeze this pie? Thank you 🙂

    • — Carol on October 2, 2018
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    • Yes, Carol, it can be frozen. Scroll down to the bottom of the recipe and you’ll find freezer-friendly instructions. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 2, 2018
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  • Could you help with how to best measure 6.5 Tbsp of cold hard butter accurately? Where I live butter is sold in 1lb bricks. I’m used to baking with weight measurement as baking is a much more exact science that cooking. I’m afraid if I eyeball it the pastry won’t work out. Your advice is appreciated. Thanks.

    • — Lee on October 2, 2018
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    • Hi Lee, 6.5 Tbsp. of butter is the equivalent of 90 grams. (And the recipe has metric conversions, so I think that will help you. To view them, scroll down to the recipe and immediately under the recipe title on the right side, you’ll see a little toggle. If you move it from “cup measures” to metric, you’ll see measurements that will work for you.

      • — Jenn on October 3, 2018
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  • I’m looking forward to trying this. If I’m using a premade store bought frozen crust would I need to prebake the crust before filling? Thanks 🙂

    • — Danielle on September 25, 2018
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    • Yes, Danielle, you should prebake it. Just follow the prebaking instructions on the package. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 25, 2018
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  • Can i leave out the flour in the filling? or substitute it with something?

    • — dan on September 24, 2018
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    • Hi Dan, I’m always hesitant to suggest alterations to this recipe as pumpkin pie can be pretty finicky. That said, I believe that you could use cornstarch in place of the flour, but you’ll need less – maybe just 1 Tbsp. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it with cornstarch!

      • — Jenn on September 25, 2018
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  • How necessary is a food processor? I only own a KitchenAid stand mixer, unfortunately. Is there any way around the food processor for making the crust? Thanks.

    • — Sabrina on September 10, 2018
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    • Hi Sabrina, it’s perfectly fine to cut in the butter and shortening by hand. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 11, 2018
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  • I am looking forward to trying this pie for our Thanksgiving this year. You list Large Eggs in the ingredients. Do you use Large eggs or XL eggs, or would it matter? Thanks, this pie looks wonderful and the instructions and pictures are very helpful.

    • — Cathy Brown on August 14, 2018
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    • Hi Cathy, I use large eggs – not XL. It does make a bit of a difference. Hope you enjoy the pie!

      • — Jenn on August 15, 2018
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  • I am getting ready to attempt to make this pie. I am the worst baker I know so I need help! I do not have a deep pie plate. it is only 1.25″ deep. Do you have any suggestions to accomodate this situation?
    Thanks!

    • — Michele on April 7, 2018
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    • Hi Michele, YOu can use a standard pie plate like yours – you will just have some leftover filling and crust :). Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 7, 2018
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  • My family loves pumpkin pie. I HAD my favorite recipe for pumpkin pie that I baked for Thanksgiving every year until I found your PERFECT pumpkin pie last year. (Now this is my favorite recipe). Your recipe is so delicious, just perfect and was a big hit last Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone loved it. I even baked 4 more pumpkin pies the next day for my neighbors. I give a 15 out of 10 score for this PERFECT recipe.😀

    • — Aloha Puy on March 6, 2018
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  • This was truly the perfect pumpkin pie. I generally do not enjoy pumpkin pie but my family likes the occassional slice of pie. The recipe was very easy to follow and there wasn’t a single thing I would change except next time I will make two. The pie disappeared quickly between my husband and I. In fact, there wasn’t any left for the next day. This recipe encouraged me to sign up for your newsletter! Thank you for such fantastic recipes!

    • — Marcie LeDuke on March 1, 2018
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  • This was SOO delicious. The flavor was spot on and I absolutely loved it! It received rave reviews from the guests at my Thanksgiving.

    That being said the center did not cook very well. I followed the directions almost to the letter – I did not TENT with foil – but I did bake it according to the instructions. I had seen in another recipe, that you can cook the pumpkin pie filling on the stove-top for a little while before baking. I might try that next time, and lend my results.

    All in All, I will be, making this pie again. One guest said, it was reminiscent of the pie that she grew up with!

    Thanks Jenn for an awesome recipe!

    • — MerDozier on February 1, 2018
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  • This pie stole the show at Thanksgiving! I made mine with fresh pumpkin puree and it was delicious. Best recipe I’ve found yet!!

    • — Kayleigh Moyer on January 30, 2018
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  • Jenn making the pastry now . Do I butter the pie dish before putting the pastry in?

    • — LeeAnn on December 24, 2017
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    • Hi LeeAnn, No need to butter the pan. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 24, 2017
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      • Thank you . I have made probably 100 pies this was the best I have ever made .

        • — Lee Ann on December 26, 2017
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  • Can you substitute some of the spices for allspice? How much would you use? Thanks

    • — Dawn on December 23, 2017
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    • Hi Dawn, You could replace the cloves with allspice or just add 1/8 teaspoon allspice, if you like.

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2017
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      • Oh ok, so can I just use 1/8 teaspoon allspice instead of any of the spices? I don’t have any ginger!

        • — Dawn on December 24, 2017
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        • Yes, that’s fine Dawn. 🙂

          • — Jenn on December 24, 2017
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  • We’re in Australia & I can’t easily buy crisco shortening. Can I substitute lard for the recipe? I can purchase that in the grocery store. This is my first attempt at pie crust so I hope this substitution will work out fine-what do you think? Hoping to attempt for this Christmas dinner.

    • — TracyV on December 18, 2017
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    • Sure, Tracy – lard will work well. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 18, 2017
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      • Wow! Well I successfully made my first pie & it turned out awesome. Your pics & write ups are perfect. I love when you say in the one section that “it will seem all wrong” & it did seem wrong but since you had pics & I knew what to do I just continued on step by step & had a really successful pie turn out. My hubby said this was the best pumpkin pie he ever ate. I thought it was amazing & I really couldn’t believe I made it – lol. You’ve helped my confidence in the kitchen so much Jenn – I’m thankful for your website!!!! p.s. the pie crust was a bit finicky & I’m in Australia so the lard was starting to melt while I was trying to get it in the pie dish. It looked a bit more rustic than your picture but it tasted so much better than buying a store bought crust. Thank you!!!

        • — TracyV on December 25, 2017
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  • I made this pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving. My son, who is a chef said, this was the best pumpkin pie he had ever had. Thank you for a wonderful and very good recipe.

    • — Margie Hec on December 7, 2017
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  • I made this pie for Thanksgiving and it was great! My family generally likes the pumpkin pie more heavily spiced so I doubled the spices in the filling. The crust came out really well too! I always struggle rolling out the crust but this on every was definitely my most successful attempt because it was easy to roll out. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • — Meenakshi Mehra on December 4, 2017
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  • Made this pie for Thanksgiving and it was perfect. Pie crust was easy to roll out and the filling wasn’t too sweet and it had a very nice flavor to it.

    • — TL on December 3, 2017
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  • Really enjoyed this pie. The use of an egg and 3 yolks intrigued me — thought it sounded like a genius idea. It was. Texture of pie was firm yet smooth. Texture may also be attributed to using 1 1/4 cups evaporated milk instead of a whole can as many Pumpkin Pie recipes do. Plenty of spice taste. I did increase cinnamon to 1 1/2 teaspoons, and did not include the black pepper (just wasn’t brave enough). I used my own crust recipe instead of the one here. Will make again. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • — Christina on November 30, 2017
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  • I normally don’t review or rate recipes but I feel this one deserves a rating. I usually follow the directions on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin can but not this year. I wanted the best pumpkin pie recipe that I could find and this is it.
    Now I did try to use already made pie crust and let me say don’t waste your time! To start they didn’t fit my pie pans, they shrunk quite a bit when I baked them. So I gave up and made the pie crust from this recipe as well and I will continue to use this crust recipe for all my pies. Not only was it extremely easy to make, but it rolls out very well. I normally hate making my own crust as it turns out thin and tears easily but not this one, and the blind baking is definitely a must. I will never make another pie without first blind baking.
    I have to be honest I hate pie crust, even as a kid I could not eat it, but I had no problem eating all the good filling; my mom used to get so mad because I would pick all the pecans out of the pecan pie (I ate all the pecans on the pie not just mine… sorry mom) but this year I gave that pie crust a try and I will say I think I am hooked on this one!

    • — Nicole on November 30, 2017
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  • Best Pumpkin Pie I’ve ever made! Thank you – thank you – thank you Jenn for this fabulous pie recipe!!!
    I followed your recipe exactly (except I forgot to cut the extra dough from the edges, I just folded all under and crimped). In the past, I have always ended up with raw or soggy half cooked pie dough in the bottom of pumpkin pie crust. NOT with this recipe. I bought a pie weight (still not sure if I liked it as it still puffed up on the bottom- will try beans next time) and followed your instructions for baking the crust to a tee. I didn’t have any problem with the sides slumping as others have said because I put my pie plate with pressed in crust in the freezer as instructed. It worked great. No cracks, just a beautiful pie that tasted fabulous. Everyone that had a piece of this pie LOVED it. The crust was perfection too. I think I might be making this crust for all of my pies.
    Thank you again Jenn, for sharing your wonderful recipes with us on your blog! Every recipe I’ve ever made has been a winner.

    • — Tammie Koehnen on November 30, 2017
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  • I made 2 of these pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, and the name is very fitting. Both pies came out perfect! The texture of the pie is smooth, and the flavor is off the hook! The hint of pepper is the secret ingredient, that really enhances the flavor.
    It was fun asking my family to try to guess the secret ingredient. My daughter, who’s a big foodie, actually guessed it!

    • — Peggy on November 30, 2017
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  • I used this filling recipe and it’s the BOMB! The texture is fantastic and no crack! I love your recipes; everything I have tried so far has been great. (I will try the pie crust too one of these days…. maybe when I retire 😉

    I have one question. Our family loves *very* spicy pumpkin pie – when I first asked my mom for the recipe she said “use the one on the can and double the spices”. I loved the addition of pepper to this one, and the balance of spices you have, and I wanted to make it as written the first time, and it is delicious. But if you wanted to make it spicier, how would you personally tweak the spices? I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have switched up the spices in my pumpkin pies, never to have the exact taste I’m looking for, so I thought I would ask your opinion!

    Thanks again for this yummy recipe! ❤️

    • — Betty L on November 26, 2017
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    • So glad you’re enjoying the recipes, Betty! If I were going to make a spicier pumpkin pie, I’d use the measurements in this recipe and multiply by 1.5. If you try it, please lmk how it turns out.

      • — Jenn on November 26, 2017
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      • Good idea, will do. Thank you!

        • — Betty L on November 27, 2017
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  • I made this recipe and another one for a side by side taste test. This recipe edged out the other but it was close. This recipe has a custard like texture with a balanced yet delicate spice profile. Definitely a keeper. I’ve been asked to see if I could merge the two recipes to capture the top qualities of both. That will be fun. 🙂

    • — Tom McCoy on November 24, 2017
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  • The flavor of this pumpkin filling is the best ever! Rich and spicy and so simple. Do not leave out the pepper – that little bit of heat (it’s just a little bit) is perfect. I made the pie for Thanksgiving yesterday and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it. My new go to! Thank you.

    • — Linda Jean on November 24, 2017
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  • Great

    • — Travis on November 23, 2017
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  • I did fine until I pre-baked the crust and the sides shrank into the bottom of the pan and ruined everything. Lucky I had someone else bringing pie over for Thanksgiving!

    • — Brian on November 23, 2017
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    • Oh no! I’m sorry you had trouble with the crust, Brian. Did you weight it with dried beans or pie weights?

      • — Jenn on November 24, 2017
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  • Best pumpkin pie I have ever had, and I don’t really like pumpkin pie!

  • This was my first time EVER baking a pie. The recipe was extremely clear to follow and the pie turned out better than I could have imagined. Absolutely delicious. Thank you so much!

    • — Gabrielle on November 22, 2017
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  • Sorry but I can’t seem to find mention of what temp to bake the completed pie at????? Other recipes I gave looked at say to bake at a high temp then reduce after about 15 minutes. What is the direction for your pie?

    • Hi Cindy, The pie bakes at 325°F. It’s in there…paragraph #4. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2017
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  • This beauty just came out of the oven! First time making everything from scratch and I couldn’t have had more helpful instructions!!! Thanks so much for the step by step. Should I refrigerate covered or uncovered? Does it matter??!!! Happy Thsnksgiving!!!!

    • — Lindsay on November 22, 2017
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    • Hi Lindsay, So happy it turned out nicely! I’d cover it loosely with foil. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2017
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  • Followed the recipe exactly. Felt that the pumpkin filling was about 20% too sweet for my taste. Still, with whipped cream to temper the sweetness, this was a solid but not the best pumpkin pie recipe I have used. B+

    • — Dr. E on November 22, 2017
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  • Jenn, Thanks for pumpkin perfection! My son requested pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving this year–he’s never liked it before so I was surprised. We’re living overseas and I left all my cookbooks (and pie plates!) in storage, but found your blog recently. I actually baked this in a 9-inch metal cake pan and it came out great! (Had a little extra filling and baked it in a couple of ramekins so I could try it first). The balance of spices is great; so is the texture. And the crust is excellent. Thanks for making our faraway Thanksgiving feel like home!

    • — Erika on November 22, 2017
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  • Hi! Is there a dairy free option that I can exchange the evaporated milk for?
    Thanks!

    • — Brenna on November 21, 2017
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    • Hi Brenna, I wish I could be more helpful but I can’t think of a good dairy-free substitute for evaporated milk. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2017
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    • I’ve used coconut condensed milk instead of evaporated milk while making this recipe. It makes the pie a bit sweeter but it still turns out great. Maybe try cutting down on the brown sugar a little to make up for the extra sweetness?

      • — Lisa on November 22, 2017
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    • You can evaporate any dairy free milk by cooking it until it’s about half of where you started.

      • — Courtney on November 22, 2017
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  • If I freeze the pie crust in the pan overnight do I need to thaw it before I bake it?

    • — Sarah on November 21, 2017
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    • Hi Sarah, It’s not necessary – go ahead and bake it frozen.

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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  • This tastes amazing–I love the spice flavor.
    However, I do have a question. I baked the pie at 325 for 90 minutes and (I did put foil on the crust–turned out so perfect!) but several hours later after it’s cool, it still isn’t as “set” as I would like. I made a “practice pie” for Thanksgiving, and plan on repeating tomorrow. Any suggestions about why it didn’t set and how I can make it more firm the next time? I’m wondering if I got too much egg white when I separated the yolks, is that possible? Followed the recipe exactly. Thanks!

    • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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    • Hi Jenn, Hmmm – that’s strange as that should be more than enough time for the pie to set. Was it set enough for you to nicely slice the pie? Did you by chance use fresh pumpkin instead of canned?

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2017
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      • Hi, I just made this pie today and it did seem to take longer to set. I had cooked the pie for over 60 minutes, last 12, I raised the oven to 350. The middle was still a bit soft when I pulled it out, but while it rested, I tented it with foil and the pie is perfect, it continued to cook/set outside the oven. Pie dough was perfect. Thank you for the great recipe.

        • — Lisa-Marie on November 22, 2017
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    • Hey Jenn. When I make this recipe, I have to bake the pie for twice as long as the recipe says – about 1 hour 40 min or even a bit longer. As long as I tent the edges of the crust and wait for the centre to only be a BIT jiggly, it works out perfectly. I’ve temperature-tested my oven and it’s about 15 degrees cooler than it should be. I was worried about the extra cooking time, but I’ve made this recipe twice and both times it was absolutely delicious.

      • — Erica on December 3, 2017
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  • Hi there! I am making this for the first time and am so excited from all the positive feedback 😊 Are you using kosher salt or fine grained table salt for your recipe? Thank you so much! Happy early Thanksgiving.

    • — Katlyn on November 21, 2017
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    • Hi Katlyn, Always fine table salt unless I specify otherwise. Hope you enjoy the pie and happy Thanksgiving!

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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  • Tried makin this crust twice. Didn’t come out. Crumbly and really hard to work with. 😪

    • — Nelly on November 21, 2017
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    • Hi Nelly, Sorry to hear you’ve had a problem with this (twice)!! It sounds like maybe the dough needs a tiny bit more water – not much – just a tablespoon or two. Hope you have better luck if you try it again!

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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  • Hi, can I make this the day before or is it better the day of?
    Thanks, Tanya

    • — Tanya on November 21, 2017
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    • Hi Tanya, It’s perfectly fine to make this pie a day ahead; after they finish baking let them cool to room temp, and then refrigerate overnight. Just set them out a few hours before serving to take the chill off.

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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  • Recipe looks great and will use this year. I had a question, can I substitute canned pumpkin with roasted butternut squash? I heard butternut squash is more flavorful and sweet. Should I adjust the sugar if I go with the squash?

    • — Julius on November 21, 2017
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    • Hi Julius, It may work (definitely keep the sugar) but pies are fussy and always an undertaking so I’d hate to chance it, especially on a holiday.

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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  • This is the very first time I’ve made pumpkin pie, I LOVED the recipe! I found the pie crust had trouble staying together, but I stayed with it and it turned out perfectly. I used a smaller pie plate instead of pie weights or beans – worked well. I made this with homemade pumpkin puree from a pumpkin I grew myself and it … really tasted like pumpkin! In the best way! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

    • — Erica on November 19, 2017
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  • Could you make the pie crust ahead of time, and then do the filling the night before and bake it?

    • — Lauren on November 19, 2017
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    • Sure, Lauren — that will work.

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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  • I’m so excited to make this! I bought a ton of pumpkin pie spice before I found this recipe- can I use that instead of the individual spices? If so, how much? Thanks!

    • — Kim on November 19, 2017
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    • Hi Kim, sure, that will work. Just make sure you still add the pepper that the recipe calls for. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 19, 2017
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  • My search for the perfect pumpkin pie is over. I was lazy and made my favorite nilla wafer crust, but the texture and flavor of the filling are perfect. Can’t wait to get your cookbook…and that’s saying a lot since I promised myself I would stop buying them!

    • — Jamie on November 18, 2017
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    • 😊

      • — Jenn on November 19, 2017
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  • Hi, this recipe looks amazing and I am planning to make this for Thanksgiving. I just have a question. Can I use a metal baking dish instead of glass and what changes I would have to make if I use metal baking dish?
    Thanks

    • — N on November 18, 2017
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    • Sure – no changes necessary. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 19, 2017
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      • I made the pumpkin pie which usually I am not a big fan of, but this was awesome. Even my 2 yr old picky eater loved it. Thank you

        • — N on November 20, 2017
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  • I tried just the filling(without the crust) and it was just delicious. No need to try another recipe!!! The flavor,the texture and consistency make it almost impossible to limit yourself to one piece!!!
    It is everything you hope for in a pumkin pie.
    Thank you again for another excellent recipe.

    • — Carol on November 16, 2017
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  • I would like to use a frozen GF crust from Whole Foods. Do you think I should prebake the crust? If so, for how long? Should I thaw the crust first? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Christen, You should definitely prebake the crust, and I would follow the instructions that are on the package. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on November 16, 2017
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  • Amazing pumpkin pie recipe! My soon to be 15 year old son was born on thanksgiving and has not had a birthday cake since his 2nd birthday. He ♥️’s pies! Always requests a pumpkin and apple pie. I made your recipe last weekend as a trial before his birthday and he absolutely loved it as did I and the rest of the family too. Thank you, Perfection!!

    • — Marcy on November 14, 2017
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  • Thank you so much for providing the best recipes on any cooking site, Two questions about pumpkin pie recipe. My glass pie dishes are 9.5″. I can’t find just 9″ in my area. Will this work with your pastry and filling. Also, I do not have a large food processor, Just a small one. Can I cut in butter and shortening with my pastry tool that I use for biscuits? Again, I am so appreciative of your recipe site. Asked for your new cookbook for Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving. Jennie

    • — Jennie Martin on November 13, 2017
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    • Hi Jennie, The 9.5 pie dish is perfect (that’s actually what I have) and it’s perfectly fine to cut in the butter and shortening by hand. So glad you’re enjoying the recipes!

      • — Jenn on November 13, 2017
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  • We have an electric oven, so where in the oven(i.e middle, bottom 3rd, etc.) should we blind bake the crust, and then the pie based on the cooking times in your recipe?

    Thanks,
    Rick

    • — Rick on November 13, 2017
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    • Actually, I have an electric oven so you can just follow the recipe as it’s written. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 14, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn, I’m a new recipient of your recipe emails. I have tried your crustless quiche and it turned out amazing. This is huge for me since I don’t consider myself talented in the area of cooking. I’d like to try this pumpkin pie recipe however, I don’t think I’ll be able to create the crust (don’t have the necessary food processor). That said, could I substitute the homemade crust with a ready made one? I know ready made isn’t typically the best tasting but i wanted to confirm before purchasing the ingredients.

    Thoughts??
    Thanks for your amazing recipe ideas.

    • — Gina on November 9, 2017
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    • Definitely, Gina – a store-bought crust is perfectly fine. Just be sure to get a crust that will fit a 9-inch deep dish pan. I like the Wholly Wholesome crusts sold at Whole Foods. And follow the instructions on the package for blind baking (that’s just pre-cooking the crust) rather than the instructions in the recipe. Please lmk how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on November 9, 2017
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  • Hello, the pie looks incredible! I’m planning to make it for Thanksgiving and I was wondering if I could make the crust the day before and refrigerate overnight?
    Thanks!

    • — Adri on November 8, 2017
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    • Sure, Adri – that’s fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 9, 2017
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  • I’ve never ben a huge pumpkin pie fan but this recipe has made me a convert! Can’t speak to the crust, because I used my own recipe for that, but the filling spices are so well-balanced and there is just the right amount of sugar. I’m eating a slice for breakfast and I think it’s even better the next day. This is perfection!!

    • — Nicole on November 7, 2017
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  • What spice do you sprinkle on the top of your whipped cream?

    • Hi Ann – it’s cinnamon 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 5, 2017
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  • Made this pie last night. Was too lazy to make my own crust so of I used a frozen Marie callender’s crust and baked for an extra 20 minutes on 325. The pie was absolutely amazing. Delicious! Not one complaint about this recipe. Awesome awesome awesome 🥧

    • — Tia on October 23, 2017
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  • I made this pie for a contest at the fair. Won first place! 😀 thank you for sharing a great recipe!

    • — Morgan on October 21, 2017
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    • Yay! 🏆

      • — Jenn on October 21, 2017
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  • I made this for Canadian Thanksgiving and it was a huge success! My family loved it. It was my first time making pumpkin pie and blind baking the crust. I was a little nervous but the directions were clear and easy. Crust turned out flakey and delicious and not soggy at the bottom, and filling was so yummy! Thank you!

    • — Charlotte on October 17, 2017
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  • This was the second pumpkin pie I’ve baked in my life and I probably made lots of mistakes but oh my, this turned out DELICIOUS! I used a store-bought crust because I didn’t have time for the real thing and that custard is just a million times too good for it. I probably used too big a pie dish so the filling is spread rather thin and the crust did not go high enough on the edges, leaving me with too much filling, and I probably should’ve taken the pie out 5 minutes early, but even with all this, the pie is just incredible – which really speaks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try again with everything I’ve learned now!

    • — Lea on October 12, 2017
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  • I don’t like to use canned pumpkin – will 2 cups of roasted pumpkin do?

    • — Cherie on October 9, 2017
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    • Yep- hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 10, 2017
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  • This looks delicious! I was wondering if this recipe could be adjusted to use with salted butter? I don’t have any unsalted available because I am using a vegan substitute for the crust. It is blocks of butter used for baking but i did notice that it had salt in the ingredients. I was also thinking of making an apple pie with a lattice top, do you have any suggestions about how i should go about that in terms of the blind bake?

    • — Ena on October 9, 2017
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    • Yes, the recipe can be adjusted for salted butter; while it varies by brand, most salted butter has approximately 1/4 tsp. salt per stick, so you can reduce the salt in the recipe as needed. And regarding the apple pie, using a lattice top won’t impact the blind baking step at all. Just keep in mind that with the bottom crust blind-baked, that the pieces of the lattice dough will be a little more challenging to stick to the bottom crust. (That would be the case for a regular top as well.) Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on October 10, 2017
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  • What temperature are you using to bake the pie crust? to bake the pie itself?

    • — Adrianne on October 9, 2017
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    • Hi Adrianne, the oven should be set to 375°F for the initial step of baking the pie crust. The temperature should be reduced to 325°F for when you bake it with the filling. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 9, 2017
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  • Loved this pie. Turned out perfectly! The dough did not flake and was easy to mould. It was – I hate to say it – better than my Nonna’s pumpkin pie recipe!

    • — Madeline on October 9, 2017
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  • This turned out perfectly! Absolutely amazing recipe.

    • — Anne on October 7, 2017
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  • Thank you for the recipe. I followed the instructions carefully because I don’t have experience making pastry. Unfortunately the dough crumbled when I tried to roll it out. Could it be that I did not add enough water? Or should I let the dough warm up a bit before rolling it out? It looked just like your photos until I tried to roll it out. Thanks in advance for any suggestions 🙂

    • — Celeste on October 6, 2017
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    • Hi Celeste, I would first try kneading the dough a bit with your hands to warm it up and make it more pliable. LMK if that works.

      • — Jenn on October 6, 2017
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  • Could I use fresh ginger in this recipe or would it ruin the result?

    • — Jen on October 4, 2017
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    • Hi Jen, I think fresh ginger would work here. I’d cut the amount back to about 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on October 6, 2017
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  • ABSOLUTELY THE BEST pumpkin pie recipe I’ve ever used! We bake and purée pumpkins instead of using canned ones. And by far the best recipe I’ve used. The crust was way better than I had expected! This will be from now on, the go to for fall pies!

    • — John on October 3, 2017
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  • I’ve tried different crust recipes over the years, and never had any luck. This one turned out perfectly! Excellent recipe and instructions (much appreciated). The pie was absolutely delicious!

    • — Jane on September 20, 2017
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  • absolutely my favorite pumpkin pie i have ever made! just one thing i changed about the crust because i noticed yours still shrunk a bit. i replace 2 tbsp of water with 2 tbsp of white vinegar and it was perfect

    • — jennifer on August 20, 2017
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    • forgot the stars

      • — jennifer on August 21, 2017
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  • I just made my first pumpkin pie and am very pleased to say that the flavour is amazing! As always, Jen’s recipes are a hit with all! Thank you for your clear and detailed directions.

    • — Helena on August 4, 2017
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    • I forgot to add my 5 stars.

      • — Helena on August 4, 2017
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  • My favorite pumpkin pie recipe!

    • — Violet on May 11, 2017
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  • I have made the Perfect Pumpkin Pie
    several times and it is always a hit and so delicious. The crust is so flaky and the filling is the best. This is my go to
    recipe every time! Thank you for sharing all your recipes and for this wonderful website!!!

    • — Julie on March 16, 2017
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  • I love all of your recipes Jenn! They always make me look good! 🙂
    My family prefers sweet potato pie to pumpkin. Would it be possible to exchange the pumpkin puree for sweet potato puree?

    • — Cat Mac on March 11, 2017
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    • Glad you like the recipes! Yes, I think sweet potato puree would work here as long as you keep all the other ingredients the same. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on March 12, 2017
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  • Perfect is right! Thank you Jen

    • — Corinne on February 19, 2017
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  • This recipe is a game changer! Who knew that pumpkin pie could actually have anything other than a soggy, inedible crust? I will always blind bake my crust from now on. Thank you, Jenn for another fantastic recipe!

    • — Jennifer T. on January 17, 2017
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  • Thank you for your reply to my general question. I thought you said somewhere – but didn’t see it this go around…..Can I blind bake pie shells (i.e., pumpkin pie and pecan pie) today…2d before Christmas dinner? If yes……make the pie night before and have it cool to room temp. Or, refrigerate and take out the AM of serving?

    • Yes, it’s perfectly fine to blind bake the pies two days ahead, then make the pies the night before, let cool to room temp, and then refrigerate overnight. Just set them out a few hours before serving to take the chill off.

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2016
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  • Can I make all or any of the pie ahead of time? Lots to do for holiday. Much at last minute. I know I can’t freeze imported pumpkin pie. Thank you!

    • — Rbcola on December 21, 2016
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    • Hi Rbcola, Yes, lots of time in the kitchen around the holiday! I think you could make this a maximum of two days in advance. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 21, 2016
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  • Delcious pumpkin pie with just the right spice. The crust was buttery and yummy. I think pre cooking the crust was perfect for the pumpkin pie which otherwise can be soggy. This was a hit on Thanksgiving Day

    • — Judy on December 1, 2016
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  • Yes, this is the best pumpkin pie I have made. Nice spice flavour and a light texture. I followed baking instructions but still ended up with a crack. No problem though as whipped cream covered it when served.

    • — Sandy Davidson on December 1, 2016
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  • Made this for Thanksgiving this year 2016 and it was a hit.

    • — Gloria Song on December 1, 2016
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  • This IS the perfect pumpkin pie. I used a different favorite crust recipe, but the texture and flavor of the filling couldn’t be better. Thank you for another amazing recipe!

    • — Jamie on November 29, 2016
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  • Just one question. Will it change the recipe instructions if I use a shiny/foil pan instead of a glass pan?
    Thanks.

    • — Patrick on November 29, 2016
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    • Hi Patrick, The pie may need to stay in the oven a bit longer because those foil pans don’t conduct heat quite as well or as evenly as a glass dish. Here are some helpful tips for any necessary adjustments.

      • — Jenn on November 29, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn. I’d like to make the filling sugar free for my diabetic guests. Any suggestions on how to replace the sugars with Stevia? You are my go to girl!!!

    • — Corinne on November 28, 2016
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    • Hi Corinne, Happy to hear I’m your go to girl :)! I don’t know a lot about Stevia, but I would imagine that you can find substitution directions/ratios on the Stevia package (or website). Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on November 29, 2016
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  • This pumpkin pie recipe is the best ever! Wondering if anyone else found the filling was too much for a 9″pie crust?

    • — Linda on November 28, 2016
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    • Maybe cook the extra in a ramakin. Would be a delicious custard type dessert.

      • — Corinne on November 28, 2016
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    • Yes! I had enough to make a second pie!

      • — Brooke Guevara on October 29, 2017
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  • You are my hero/heroine! I haven’t made a pie in years but I was called to active pie duty for my sister’s Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone said that my pie (your awesome recipe) was the best pumpkin pie they’d ever eaten! I was going to go with a New York Times recipe but then found yours and it sounded so much better.. plus, I was so impressed with the way you described everything which included your experience over the years and what did and didn’t work for you. Thank you so much for making me the Thanksgiving pie hero/heroine today! Wonderful pie!

    • — Suzanne in Kansas on November 24, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,
    This is my second Thanksgiving using your pumpkin pie recipe. It is a huge hit with my family. My pumpkin pies are in the oven as I write this and my house smells fanatic! I have some pie filling left over. Any suggestions on what to do with it?

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • — Sara on November 23, 2016
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    • So glad you like the pie, Sara! You can bake the extra filling in ramekins. They’ll cook quickly so keep an eye on them.

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2016
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  • Can I use Chinese Five Spice instead of the pepper?

    • — Helen on November 23, 2016
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    • You could certainly give it a try Helen. It’s only 1/8 tsp. so you can’t do much damage :).

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2016
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      • Thank you! Bought it a spice store a while back and was told it is awesome in pumpkin pie. Have yet to use it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

        • — Helen on November 23, 2016
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  • Can I use rainbow peppercorn instead of black? Will it taste different?

    Thanks!

    • — Ambar Khan on November 22, 2016
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    • Hi Ambar, That will work just fine.

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I like a pumpkin pie that is fairly dense and not mushy. What is the consistency of this pie?
    Thanks!

    • — Katy Baun on November 19, 2016
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    • Hi Katy, Hmmm it’s hard to say — it’s not what I’d call dense but it’s not mushy either. I’d say it’s right in between.

      • — Jenn on November 20, 2016
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  • Can you replace Crisco with butter? I know Crisco gives baked goods wonderful texture, but it still contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil. I do not use it.

    • — Allie on November 19, 2016
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    • Hi Allie, Yes, it’s fine to sub butter in for the Cricso, but the dough won’t hold its shape as well when baked — you’ll lose those crimped edges.

      • — Jenn on November 19, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,

    This recipe sounds fabulous! I’m going to try it for Thanksgiving next week. What can I use if I don’t have a food processor?

    Thanks,

    Nancy

    • — Nancy Gacsi on November 18, 2016
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    • A good old fashioned pastry cutter would work here if you don’t have a food processor. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 18, 2016
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  • Hello, Jen,
    I am so grateful that there is such a fabulous resource like your website!
    Have you ever done this recipe days in advance? If so, How many days in advance did you do it and was there any change in texture?
    Thank you

    • — Myra on November 16, 2016
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    • Hi Myra, Glad you like the recipes! I think you could make this a maximum of two days in advance and just store it on the counter. (It should not change the texture.)

      • — Jenn on November 16, 2016
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  • Do you think I could substitute lard for the shortening in the crust? I’m assuming it wouldn’t be a problem but wondering if any one else has tried it.

    • — Samantha on November 15, 2016
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    • Sure Samantha, that should work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 16, 2016
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  • I baked a “trial run” of this pie to prepare for Thanksgiving. It really is outstanding. For the big day (or perhaps the night before), I will not extend the crust too far over the pie plate edges because my practice pie’s crust kind of crumbled once I cut into it. But the crust! It is SO good and very much worth your time to make it. I did not make any adjustments to the seasonings (even for the black pepper, which I really wanted to omit). Trust the recipe! The pie filling has all the right fall notes. No one spice dominates the other. It’s just an excellent pie. Thank you for this recipe.

    • — Christina Lynn on November 14, 2016
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  • Would it taste differently if I used pumpkin pie spice instead of the others??

    • — Cecily on November 10, 2016
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    • Hi Cecily, It will taste slightly different than using the individual spices, but you can get away with it. I would still add the black pepper in addition to the pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 11, 2016
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      • Jen, would you use 2 & 5/8 tsp of pumpkin pie spice and then add 1/8 tsp black pepper? Thanks in advance…

        • — Allyson on November 22, 2016
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        • Sure Allyson, It will taste slightly different than using the individual spices, but you can get away with it.

          • — Jenn on November 22, 2016
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  • Greetings from Canada! I plan to make your pumpkin pie to celebrate American Thanksgiving with our family in Buffalo! I am excited to try a new recipe although my previous favorite had some maple syrup. Any suggestions on incorporating a bit of maple syrup or maple sugar to give a bit of maple flavor?

    • — Anne on November 8, 2016
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    • Hi Anne in Canada! I wouldn’t change anything with the recipe because pumpkin pie can be pretty finicky, but this would be delicious with maple whipped cream on top. The one that tops this pie looks delicious (Please keep in mind that I haven’t tried the recipe myself).

      • — Jenn on November 9, 2016
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  • Thanks, this is the best pumpkin pie recipe

    • — Rebecca on November 3, 2016
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  • Is the bake time and temp assuming regular bake or convection? (And do you recommend using convection if you have it?)

    • — Stacie on October 19, 2016
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    • Hi Stacie, It’s assuming the regular setting and I’d use it for this as that’s how I made and tested it. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 19, 2016
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  • HI Jenn,
    I made your pumpkin pie for Canadian Thanksgiving. It was the best I’ve ever had!
    I used a ready-made shortbread crust (pre-baked for 5 minutes,according the label instructions).
    Thank you very much for this amazing recipe!

    • — Lana on October 9, 2016
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  • Love your site, it’s my go to place for baking recipes! I don’t have beans or pie weights (this is my first homemade pie), any suggestions? Also, I’m using a ceramic pie dish, do I need to make mods to the recipe? Finally, is it essential that the butter and shortening be cold? Sorry for all the questions and thanks so much for your help!

    • — Amy M. on October 8, 2016
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    • Hi Amy, rice would work in place of beans or pie weights, ceramic is fine (with no modifications needed) and, yes, both the butter and the shortening need to be cold to achieve the right texture for the dough. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 10, 2016
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  • This receipe looks amazing and I’m looking forward to making it for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend.

    Question: I have a metal pie plate rather than a glass pie dish. Do you recommend making any adjustments to temperature or cooking time? Thanks!

    • — Kendra on October 6, 2016
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    • Hi Kendra, I think the cook time and temp will be the same. Happy Thanksgiving!

      • — Jenn on October 6, 2016
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  • I made this pie for my family, and it’s the first time I’ve attempted pie. It turned out perfect, and my son said it was the best pumpkin pie he ever ate.

    • — Nicki Howerton on October 6, 2016
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  • I tried making the crust but it did not turn out quite right. After adding the (cold and hardened) butter and shortening, the mixture looked as if I had already added the ice water (it looked crumbly and wet) when actually I had not. I added a tiny drop of the ice water just in case, but it came out as a mass of dough inside the food processor. I hurriedly took it out and refridgerated it for an hour then rolled it out, but then when I tried to pick it up to drape over the rolling pin, it was crumbly and did not hold its shape. Any ideas what went wrong? Thanks!

    • Hi Sam, Sorry you had trouble! It sounds like you didn’t have enough water in the dough — in my experience, you always need at least 3-4 tablespoons. I would add the full amount next time, even if the dough already looks moistened.

      • — Jenn on February 27, 2016
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  • I made this for Thanksgiving and it was the BEST pumpkin pie recipe I’ve ever made. Thank you so much,

    • — Colleen on January 10, 2016
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  • I made this for Christmas dinner and the flavor was perfect with all the delicious spices added to the pumpkin puree. I used a pre-made pie shell as my baking skills are poor. However the step by step directions, tips and photos always help so much with these recipes.

    • — Mary Redmiles on December 29, 2015
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  • This looks absolutely amazing and I will be making this tomorrow if at all possible. What is the variable? The crust. If I were to use a pre-made refrigerated crust (and tell no one) do I make it the same otherwise? I would make my own but I don’t own a food processor and I have bad arthritis in my hands. Thanks for all of your hard work to make this just right!

    • — Robin on December 20, 2015
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    • Hi Robin, It’s perfectly fine to use a pre-made crust; just be sure to follow the directions on the package for blind baking, as the cook time will be less. Hope you enjoy it!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2015
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  • I made this for my brother who requested a pumpkin pie. He lives in a nursing home. Our parents died two years ago and my brother was missing my mom’s cooking. The pie turned out beautiful. In fact I took pictures of it and sent to all my friends because it looks so gorgeous. The feeling was creamy and it was not too sweet and it had just a bit of a bite from the black pepper. I loved it. I will be making this again and again.

    • — Sherry Mason on December 20, 2015
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  • I love ANYTHING Pumpkin & this recipe was the first one that I found that wasn’t “too sweet” or had too much “spice” to it. Which I tend to add a tad more because I like it that way…lol
    My family loved it… I ran out of time & cheated once using a frozen pie crust…not the pre formed but the flat kind. Nobody knew the difference, except me…?

    • — Anita Sokolowski on December 13, 2015
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  • Hi Jean, is it possible for me to substitute canned pumpkin with cooked, fresh pumpkin instead? If so, do I need to take note of the liquid amount or add any spice to it before using? Thank you for sharing your recipe, would love to try making it with my 8year old.. ☺

    • — Nan on December 13, 2015
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    • Hi Nan, I’ve never prepared it with fresh pumpkin so I’m not certain– sorry! Please let me know how it turns out if you try it this way.

      • — Jenn on December 13, 2015
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  • Thank you for this truly delicious recipe. We made it for Thanksgiving and everyone agreed it was the best pumpkin pie we’ve ever had. The crust was buttery and light and the filling spiced perfectly. This is the only recipe for pumpkin pie I will ever need!

    • — Tess on December 10, 2015
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  • I tried this pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving and it was absolutely fabulous! It turned out perfectly – flavor, consistency was great! This is now my go to recipe for the perfect pumpkin pie. I followed the recipe exactly. I did use a frozen crust – but cooked it ahead of time as the recipe called for.

    • — Cheryl Prentice on December 4, 2015
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  • I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone liked it. I should add that none of us are pumpkin-pie lovers, so that’s probably as good a reception as pumpkin pie is going to get. I think I would add a bit more spice the next time, but texture was perfect and silky. I did bake shell the whole way first (something new!) and really like the crispy bottom crust on this pie. Make a tinfoil ring to protect the crust edges from one snug fitting piece of foil before you bake the crust. I tried to piece mine together after partially baking, and it was too hot to mess with much. Ended up with burnt edges, which we cut off. The shame!

    • — Kristen on December 3, 2015
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  • Astoundingly good! A little labor intensive, but totally worth it. My first attempt at a “non-boxed” pie. Jenn’s directions are so clear and helpful. Even the 4 harshest critics in my family insisted it was the best pie they have ever eaten, and they were all mad I didn’t make a second pie!

    Notes/Adjustments:
    -I had to bake the crush about 10 minutes longer than listed, but every oven is different, so, no big deal.
    -for a whipped cream topping, I whipped together one pint of heavy whipping cream, 4 tbsp of sugar, and 3tbsp of Carolyn’s Irish Cream liqueur. So tasty!

    Thanks for the recipe, Jenn!

  • This is by far the most delicious pumpkin pie recipe I have ever tried…believe me, I’ve tried them all!! The balance of flavors and consistency is amazing! I scratched my head a bit when I saw the pepper, but it works!
    I didn’t have time to pre bake the shell like Jenn, so my crust didn’t come out quite as golden, but the bottom seemed to bake without incident. But honestly, who cares about the crust, this filling is pure heaven! Yet another winner!

    • — Lana on December 2, 2015
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  • I made this for Thanksgiving and thought it was delicious! Thanks for a great recipe! I already had pie crust made, but I look forward to trying your crust recipe next time around. I also made your sweet potato and stuffing recipe — those were also great. I would love a perfected apple pie recipe from you, if you’re looking for another recipe to perfect 😉 My apple pies are always hit or miss.

    • — Courtney on December 2, 2015
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    • Hi Courtney, Thanks for your nice words. I will definitely keep in mind that an apple pie recipe is something that would appeal to people. In the meantime, if I come across an apple pie recipe that I really like, I’ll forward it to you!

      • — Jenn on December 2, 2015
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      • That is really nice of you. Thank you so much!

        • — Courtney on December 3, 2015
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  • This is the best pumpkin pie!! I’ve always made the recipe straight off the Libby’s can. But I saw this and have had fabu
    Ous experience with every other recipe off this site so… Anyhow, even though this received doesn’t seem very different , the end result was amazing!!¡! It really is that much better. I haven’t figured out why exactly, yet it is. I compared mine to another pie on Thanksgiving… Big difference!! And, I had a tried and true pie crust recipe which I’ve used for years. I’ll probably be replacing it with this recipe as well for all my pies. Thanks Jenn! Happy Thanksgiving from Sarasota Florida! ¡

    • — Pam K. on November 29, 2015
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  • My very picky (about not changing tradition) family and even the ones that don’t generally like pumpkin pie said this was definitely an improvement from the original.

    • — Julie on November 28, 2015
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  • I love pumpkin pie and make it every Thanksgiving. This was the BEST ever. Creamy, smooth, no cracks. I ate a piece for breakfast just to be sure and yup, its the best. I’m not much in the kitchen and even I could do this. It will be a favorite for me. And baking the crust first really worked great.

    • — JoAn on November 27, 2015
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  • This is by far the best pumpkin pie filling I’ve ever had. By the time I saw this recipe, I’d already made my pie crusts yesterday, but at least I saw it in time to make the filling. We just now had our first piece of pie, and I’ve lost track of how many times my husband said “Mmmmm!”. The richness and mix of spices were perfect. This is now my go-to pumpkin pie recipe.

    • — Bernadette M on November 26, 2015
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  • This is the perfect filling. I baked it in a graham cracker crust. After years of using the recipe on the back of the can, or baking a pumpkin cheesecake because I just wanted a better filling, this will be it! Another great recipe Jen!

    • — Edi on November 26, 2015
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  • Wow! Best pie EVER. It IS perfect. This will be a new Thanksgiving regular tradition in our house. We are all pumpkin pie lovers in my family and I was hesitant to try a spin on the traditional, but this was such an improvement over our usual and yet not such a huge departure from it. I was worried about the black pepper, the amount of ginger used, and the amount of egg yolks, but the spiciness is subtle, the taste divine, and the richness adds just the right balance. It’s just hard to refrain from going back for seconds…or thirds! But today I don’t care. Thanks again for another incredible (and easy) recipe.

    • — Jane Wagner on November 26, 2015
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  • I followed the recipe to the letter. This was the best pie crust and the best pumpkin pie I have ever made. I took the pumpkin pie to a community Thanksgiving dinner today. The pie vanished and I received many compliments. Thank you so much.

    • — S. Vensel on November 26, 2015
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  • The pie is AWESOME!

    • — Lu on November 26, 2015
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  • Just put this pie in the oven and have to say the filling tastes amazing! Was surprised to see the addition of black pepper and previous reviewers were correct, it adds just that little hint of extra spice…..as always another great, simple, classic yet delicious recipe…thank you Jenn and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • — Celeste on November 25, 2015
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    • Hope everyone enjoys it, Celeste. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2015
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  • Hi Jenn,
    This might seem like a funny question haha, but what does pumpkin pie taste like?

    • — Jacqueline on November 25, 2015
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    • Hi Jacqueline, Pumpkin has a very mild flavor so what you taste is a smooth, sweet custard with autumn spices — cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc.

      • — Jenn on November 26, 2015
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  • Darn it. It cracked. Only thing I changed is I took the pie off the baking sheet to cool. Could that have done it? I made another pumpkin pie without the blind baking and the crust isn’t cooked in the middle – but that one didn’t crack at all. Pumpkin pie is confusing. 🙂

    • — Sue on November 25, 2015
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    • Hi Sue, Could be, or your oven could be running a little hot. The low temperature really makes a difference. There’s always whipped cream 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2015
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      • Made it again on Christmas. No cracking. Delish – Dad says best pumpkin pie ever! And yes, there’s always whipped cream. (Making your Amish baked oatmeal and pumpkin bread today.) Thanks!!

        • — Sue on January 31, 2016
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  • I am going to try this filling with frozen crusts. Should I use the blind back instruction on the package? Your times seem very long. Thank you

    • — Julie on November 25, 2015
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    • Hi Julie, Yes, definitely follow the instructions on the package — cook time will be shorter.

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2015
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  • What a great recipe! The crust is flaky; the custard perfectly spiced… the black pepper adds just the tiniest bit of heat. This will be my new go-to pumpkin pie! Thanks, Jenn!

    • — Connie B. on November 25, 2015
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  • This looks delicious! I think I will make it tonight to take with me to my family’s Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow. What would you recommend to keep this as fresh as possible for tomorrow? Or can I freeze it and bake it tomorrow before I leave?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Anna, I would bake it today and then refrigerate it; it will be perfectly fine for tomorrow 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2015
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  • I’m making my first pumpkin pie from scratch. I was going to use a simpler recipe, but I trust you (everything I’ve made from your site is amazing), so I’m going to try your recipe this afternoon. Thanks – I was searching for this on your site. Happy Holidays

    • — Meg on November 25, 2015
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  • Could this work with a dairy-free replacement? Maybe almond milk?

    • — Ruthia on November 25, 2015
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    • Hi Ruthia, I wouldn’t risk it. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2015
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      • I had already committed to bringing pumpkin pie to a dinner, so I googled how to make dairy-free evaporated milk and did that using a mixture of almond and coconut milk (then adding a bit of cornstarch). It’s so good, even my 2 young kids loved it! Thank you so much for posting your recipes along with gorgeous photos. I also appreciate how you explain why you do things in a certain way. After having such great success with your recipes, your site is my go-to for any recipe!

        • — Ruthia on November 27, 2015
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        • So glad it worked out, Ruthia — and good to know that the almond milk worked. I’m always hesitant to recommend substitutes that I haven’t tried myself, especially for something as involved as pie 🙂

          • — Jenn on November 28, 2015
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  • This was the recipe I’ve been looking for! I can now make pumpkin pies like I remember my grandmother making. Awesome

    • — Dawn C on November 25, 2015
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  • I need my two deep dish pie plates for 2 Apple pies I am also making. Can I make this pumpkin pie in a regular 9″ pie plate? Will it affect bake time. In the Libby canned Pumpkin pie recipe days, I always used a regular pie dish, not deep. Any help? I appreciate your input. I need to make the pie tomorrow (11/25).

    • — Sally Fumich on November 24, 2015
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    • Sally, You can– you will just have some leftover filling and crust :).

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2015
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  • I am so pleased with this recipe! Not one crack that I needed to cover up with whipped cream, I can now serve the whipped cream on the side.

    • — Robin Chesser on November 24, 2015
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  • If you replace light cream for carnations milk in a punpkin pie, you get a better flavor.

    • — Paula Legault on November 24, 2015
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  • I was going to try Meta Givens pumpkin pie from your site but reviews re bake time, end result, scares me a little. I believe I will make this recipe for our Thanksgiving dinner. It sounds wonderful.

    • — Sally Fumich on November 24, 2015
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  • THIS WAS AWESOME, perfect spice balance and so tasty (and I don’t usually like pumpkin anything!)
    Thank you for this recipe. I will make again for Thanksgiving as this batch is gone…..

    • — Maria Roberts on November 24, 2015
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  • Hello Jenn
    Could I replace the shortening with butter?

    • — Chantal on November 24, 2015
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    • Hi Chantal, Yes, that’s fine, but the dough won’t hold its shape when you bake it — you’ll lose those pretty crimped edges.

      • — Jenn on November 24, 2015
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  • Thank you so much for posting this recipe today, Jen! I was looking all over for a good pumpkin pie recipe that would not crack. I don’t have a food processor yet. Is there a big difference between for processor made pie doughs and the old fashioned pastry cutter ones?
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • — Lu on November 24, 2015
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    • Hi Lu, It is perfectly fine to use a pastry cutter — I’m just lazy 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 24, 2015
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