It’s almost Thanksgiving and this year I am more excited than ever to start making all my holiday favorites! My house is about to be filled with the wonderful aroma of green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, and no Thanksgiving would be complete without the best pumpkin pie recipe.
Every great pie needs a great pie crust, and trust me – store-bought simply will not do. The Best Homemade Pie Crust Recipe is well worth the effort to take any pie recipe to the next level.
Other ingredients for the best pumpkin pie recipe
Eggs are the glue of the filling, and are what give this pie it’s smooth texture.
Flour thickens the pie and helps the filling to set.
Brown and white sugar are a personal favorite combination of mine.
Evaporated milk makes the pie filling creamy. Regular milk is too watery.
Whipped cream for topping is a must.
Canned pumpkin vs. Fresh pumpkin
I tried both and it’s clear that canned is the better option. The fresh pumpkin had a harsh texture and the flavor was off.
Cracks in pies
Over-baking is the culprit. Bake for 50-60 minutes and check every 5 minutes at 50 minutes. When the center jiggles slightly it is perfect. The filling will set completely while it cools.
Homemade whipped cream:
The best pumpkin pie recipe is not complete without a dollop of whipped cream to go with it! Homemade whipped cream can be made in under a minute and tastes way better than store-bought(as does everything homemade). With a hand-held or stand mixer, mix a 2:1 ratio of cream to sugar for about 30 seconds for awesome thick and creamy homemade whipped cream.
Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- 1 Homemade pie crust
- 1 15 oz. can Pumpkin puree
- 1 12 oz. can Evaporated milk
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar packed
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. flour
For the homemade whipped cream
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- dash salt
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Whisk together the pumpkin pureé, eggs, sugars, milk, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and flour.
- Pour the batter into prepared pie crust.
- Bake 55-60 minutes, until only slightly wobbly in the center.
For the homemade whipped cream:
- Combine ingredients in a medium bowl
- Mix with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy (about 1 minute).