Pumpkin Pie

I love pie, there are only a few I’m really crazy about. Pumpkin is one of them. I don’t have cake for my birthday, I don’t really love many cakes. Pie is seriously so much better. My kids get to choose whatever they want for dessert for their birthdays. My daughter chooses ice cream and lots of toppings to put on it and my five year old chooses cake, but he only eats the frosting off of it. 

I made this for thanksgiving and my sister said I usually don’t like pumpkin pie, but she tried her husband’s slice and she loved it. I use this pie crust for every recipe even chicken pot pie. The crust is flakey, moist, and so yummy. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie


1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup (one stick) butter

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 to 5 tablespoons ice water

15 ounce can pumpkin puree

3 egg yolks

1 large egg

14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 1/2 heavy cream

6 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Once mixed add butter until combined, then add lemon juice and water. Start with 3 tablespoons of water and add more if needed. My crust always seems soupy, just keep kneading until the crust is not longer soupy and can be easily rolled out.

Lightly flour a flat surface and roll out dough. Then place dough in a pie pan and set the crust in the fridge while making the pumpkin pie filling. This keeps the crust from shrinking too much while it is cooking.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

Next you will combine pumpkin, egg, egg yolk, milk, 1/2 t vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and nutmeg and stir with a whisk. Once well combined pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake pie at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. This will take about 35-45 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. 

To make the whipping cream, combine heavy cream, 6 T sugar, and 1 t vanilla and mix with a mixer until the cream is somewhat stiff. Place a some whipping cream on each slice of pie before serving.

*If you turn on your oven light you will be able to see the pie cook from the outside in. The color will change as it cooks and you will be able to tell when the pie is done by looking at it. If you’re unsure you can stick a toothpick in the center, when the toothpick comes out clean it is done.

Pie crust by savorysaltysweet.com

Pie filling slightly adapted from allrecipe.com

Whipping cream by chef-in-training.com

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