Classic Pumpkin Pie

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

I always use homemade pumpkin puree for this pie, which enhances the gorgeous, smooth texture and complex, spicy flavor. Best of all, the filling has just a hint of sweetness, all from brown sugar, so you won't get sweet-fatigue.

Classic Pumpkin Pie

About This Recipe

Active time:30 minutes
Total time:4 hours
Special equipment:9 inch pie plate
This recipe appears in: Thanksgiving Pie Head-to-Head: Classic vs. Extra-Smooth Pumpkin Pie Pie of the Week: Classic Pumpkin Pie


  • One half recipe Easy Pie Dough, shaped and chilled in a pie plate
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 11 ounces evaporated milk
  • 125 grams light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, 2 egg yolks


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 425°F with a baking stone(if you have one) placed on the rack positioned on the lowest rung.

  2. 2

    Combine all of the filling ingredients in a saucepan, except for the eggs and yolks. Whisk the mixture over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, until the mixture begins to sputter and steam and looks smooth and shiny. Remove from heat, transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Process for one minute, scrape down the sides, and process for another minute. Stop the machine and remove the cover. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes. Then, return the lid, and run the processor, adding the eggs and yolks one at a time, processing for 5 seconds each time.

  3. 3

    Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared, chilled pie crust. Place the pie on the stone on the lowest rung of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes at 425°F, then rotate the pie and lower the temperature to 350°F. Bake for 20 additional minutes, watching closely for any signs of puffing. The pie should be removed from the oven when the filling is set and you should not allow it to puff, which causes dry texture and cracking. Allow the pie to cool completely. Either chill to serve or serve at room temperature.


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