Recipe | Pumpkin Pie (From Scratch)

Yes, this is how to make homemade pumpkin pie – from a REAL PUMPKIN, not a can!

Making a pumpkin pie from scratch is easier than most people think, and soooo much better than pie from a can.  Give it a whirl, you’ll taste the difference.

Despite the fact that 3 of these are sugar free (oops), I still have plenty of pie to last until Christmas, right? #food #cookininbrooklyn

Equipment

  • Sharp, large serrated knife
  • Spoon for scooping (I use a heavy duty regular tablespoon)
  • Large pot with steaming basket
  • 1 large (10 inch) deep-dish pie plate and homemade piecrust or two small pie plates (9 inch) and crusts.  *OR you can go the easy route like me.  Most of the time I use premade crusts/pans from the grocery store.  My preference is granola, but I’ll use graham or shortbread as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 pie pumpkin (for this recipe a 5” diameter pie pumpkin is usually perfect)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tiny pinch fennel pollen (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh ginger (shredded & chopped fine)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups cooked pumpkin pulp (see step 1 below)
  • 1½ cans (12oz each) evaporated milk

Directions:

Step 1: Prepare the pumpkin for cooking

Wash the exterior of the pumpkin in cool or warm water, with no soap.  Cut in half, deseed, and scrape clean inner surface.

Step 2: Cooking the pumpkin

Place your steaming basket on the bottom of a large pot, and fill until water meets basket.  Put your halved pumpkin in the basket (you may have to cut smaller pieces and remove the stem to do this).  Steam over high heat for about 30 minutes or until soft.

*When you remove the pumpkin, allow to cool before working with it. 

Step 3: Scoop cooked pulp into bowl

The pulp should literally fall off of the skin.  I usually scrape the skin of the fine layer that is still clung to it as well.

Step 4: Mash the pumpkin

Most recipes will call for a hand blender or the like, however I personally like to have some good chunks of pumpkin in my mouth to let me know it’s real, so I use a dinner fork to achieve my perfect (rough) consistency.

*You may freeze either the plain mashed pumpkin or the filling (recipe to follow) to be used for later as well – this should be good for up to a year.
*You may NOT can either the mashed pumpkin or the filling for health safety reasons.

*Preheat oven to 425° when you begin step 5

Step 5: Mix pie filling

Mix the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tiny pinch fennel pollen (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh ginger (shredded & chopped fine)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups cooked pumpkin pulp (see step 1 below)
  • 1½ cans (12oz each) evaporated milk

The mixture should be very liquidy when it is mixed, but rest assured it firms up when baked.  I usually fill either 1 small and 1 large premade crust to the top, or 3 small premade crusts almost to the top.

Step 6: Bake your pies

Bake at 425°F for the first 15 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350°F and bake for another 45-60 minutes, or until a clean knife (I use a butter knife) inserted into the pie comes out clean.

Allow to cool a little before you eat this pie, as it’s really really hot right out of the oven, however I do suggest eating some (preferably with ice cream), while it is still warm – as if you could resist anyway.

*You can freeze your cooked pies for later use too.  When you take it out of the freezer, keep it in the fridge overnight, and then bake at 350° for about 15 minutes just before serving.

ENJOY!

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Ayngelina December 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Wow kudos to you. I had the idea to do that when I was in Ecuador over Christmas but realized I was too lazy and just bought a cake!

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