The best homemade pumpkin pie recipe ever!
And when I say Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, you know I mean it. I've been known to savor a slice of pie for breakfast, standing over the sink. You too? It really tastes so much better that way.
Family celebrations just wouldn't be complete without a homemade pumpkin pie.
This classic dessert is the star of many family celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Just the thought of the heady aroma of spice and sweetness that fill our homes at that time makes me really want a slice of that pie RIGHT NOW!
Some folks love their pie wreathed in whipped cream. Or ice cream. Just the pie for me thanks. Oh and is there enough for seconds? I'll be back for more.
Pumpkin is actually a vegetable and typically synonymous with Autumn, giving thanks and Hallowe’en! Part of the squash family you can cook the meat of the pumpkin down (peeled and diced) and once that is done – puree it in the food processor.
But in today’s busy world, few of us have time for all of that effort, when cooked pumpkin is available all year long at the grocery store – in a can. Besides I would much rather spend the time save by going outdoors for a walk with my grandchildren and the dogs, that feverishly cooking over a hot stove. You know what I mean.
This is also one of those great pie recipes that you can make a couple of days ahead. It will keep up to a week in your refrigerator. I've frozen pumpkin pies too and they've been fine. You may want to warm them up in the oven - around 300F for 10 to 15 minutes.
I think pumpkin pie is where my passion for baking and pies actually began. Yes this was another one of those pies baked by Grandma – but I learned to enjoy my Mom’s pumpkin pie even more.
Grandma’s tended to be a dark version that you often see and very spicy.
Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie recipe was lighter in color, with a lovely blend of spice and sweetness.
Hands down it was the best. So much so that when I went away to college – a full pumpkin pie would travel back to school with me. I was really popular after a long weekend at home!
Fast forward a few years and pie became a staple in our family catering business menu. The bulk of our business was banquet catering – for weddings, sports and business events. Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie recipe was always asked for so we usually planned on making enough so that most could have seconds. You really can’t eat just one piece of pumpkin pie!
When combining the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, milk flour and spices, make sure you mix all ingredients really well – using either a hand mixer or a large food processor with a really deep bowl.
Since I've probably baked a few hundred pumpkin pies during my forty years as a baker I do have a couple of important tips!
- This liquid is very light and will spray everywhere so I use a really deep mixing bowl and even cover my kitchen counter with a towel.
- When filling the pie crust shell, only fill about three quarters full - the filling will expand as it cooks.
- There is no need to Blind Bake (pre-bake) the pie shell. This recipe temperature and time is perfect.
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