This classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe comes straight off the back of the Libby’s can and a classic Thanksgiving dessert! Easy to make with the perfect smooth filling. Serve it with whipped cream for the perfect pie recipe.
Amazing served all on it’s own, but extra delicious topped with whipped cream or Vanilla Ice Cream!
- Classic Thanksgiving Recipe: Pumpkin pie is a must have on your Thanksgiving dessert spread. Delicious with whipped cream or all on its own.
- Perfect Pie for Beginners: This pie is easy to make and ideal for pie novice bakers. Almost no-fail if you follow all of the instructions.
- Make Ahead: This pie can be made a day in advance, which leaves you with extra time on Thanksgiving to focus on your turkey and sides! The crust can be made up to a month in advance and frozen. Just thaw in your refrigerator when you are ready to use!
This is THE pie of Thanksgiving for us.
My Grandma used this recipe and whipped up, not one, but THREE pumpkin pies for our gatherings. They seemed to disappear just as fast as she could get them to the table. We would all reach around the apple, cherry, and chocolate, for this silky smooth pumpkin pie. It has become one we can not live without. We rotate who brings it to our Thanksgiving table, but we all use the same recipe.
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE INGREDIENTS
- Cinnamon, Ginger, and Cloves OR Pumpkin Pie Spice: You can make your own spice mix here.
- Pumpkin Pie Puree: Be sure to grab pure pumpkin and not the pie spice mix.
- Evaporated Milk: This canned milk can withstand extreme heat without curdling, which makes it ideal for pie.
- Eggs: Large eggs.
Can we have a quick chat about pie crust? I feel like a good pie starts with a solid crust. Mine uses all butter and ice water for a flaky crust that is ideal for custard filling.
We have also used graham cracker crusts, or even gingerbread cookie crusts, and all have turned out beautifully!
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PIE FROM SCRATCH
Of course, pumpkin pie is not complete without a huge dollop of of whipped cream or cool whip. Should we get into the whipped cream vs cool whip topic?? No??
And when I say huge I mean probably double the amount of pie. Am I the only person that does this?? Ooooooh OR ice cream. WHY have I never tried ice cream?? Regardless of how you eat it you’re sure to love this simple and delicious treat.
- PREP: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Roll out a pie crust and place it into your pie pan.
- MIX: Mix together the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves. Fold in the evaporated milk.
- BAKE: Pour into the prepared pie shell and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 45 minutes.
- COOL: Cool completely and chill before serving.
- SERVE: Serve with whipped cream!
THIS is the big question. I have tried both and here’s the short answer… They both work and taste great. If you have access to sugar pumpkins, I suggest trying your hand at making a homemade puree. It’s an incredible experience to make a pie from start to finish. However, canned pumpkin works just as well. My favorite? Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin (affiliate), but any variety will do.
Knowing if your pie has cooked through can be tricky. Use one of these tips to ensure your pie has set and is ready to pull from the oven:
Gently shake the pie. If it no longer giggles in the center, your pie is ready.
Place a clean butter knife into the center of the pie. If the knife comes out clean, your pie is done.
We have not had to pre bake our crust. It bakes the perfect temperature and time frame that this pie turns out excellent every single time.
MORE MUST-TRY PIE RECIPES
All great options for your upcoming family gatherings! Especially Thanksgiving dinner!
Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 large eggs
- 1 can 15 oz. Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 can 12 fl. oz. Evaporated Milk
- 1 slightly baked 9-inch pie shell
- Whipped cream optional
- 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- 2. Whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves.
- 3. Slowly stir in the eggs and pumpkin.
- 4. Add the evaporated milk and mix until full combined.
- 5. Pour into your pie shell and bake for 15 minutes.
- 6. Reduce the heat to 350 and continue to bake for 45 additional minutes. Cool and serve with whipped cream.