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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie. What’s Thanksgiving without the best homemade pumpkin pie for dessert. This recipe has a flaky, buttery crust & gets the right amount of spice in the creamy filling; a fall dessert classic.

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Pumpkin Pie

Originally published Nov, 2012.

Perfect pumpkin pie, just in time for November’s biggest celebration. Thanksgiving is just around the corner for our American friends and I thought I’d try my hand at improving my standard pumpkin pie.

Instead of using canned pumpkin or steaming the pumpkin as I have in the past, I decided to try roasting the pumpkin instead. The result brought out more of the pumpkin’s natural sweetness and reduced the water content.

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Pumpkin Puree. I roast cubes of pumpkin, then blend them into a puree.

That helped improve the creamy texture of this delicious pie. I had a couple of die hard Pumpkin Pie fans try it and they declared it to be the best they had ever tried.

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Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin Pie


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Yield: Up to 12 servings

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Perfect Pumpkin Pie - what's Thanksgiving without the best homemade pumpkin pie for dessert. This recipe gets the right amount of spice in the creamy filling; a fall dessert classic.


For the Butter Pastry

  • 1 cup very cold butter cut in small cubes
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water, Only enough to make a dough form.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 2 cups roasted pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground cloves


For the Butter Pastry

  1. Using a food processor or a pastry blender cut cold butter into flour, brown sugar and salt until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Small pieces of butter should still be visible.
  2. Pour vanilla into cold water then pour over the mixture and work in by tossing with a fork until dough begins to form. Use your hands as little as possible and work the dough as little as possible.
  3. Divide dough into 2 balls, flatten into 2 rounds, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes.You can make your dough the previous day but make sure you take it out of the fridge for 10 minutes to warm slightly before rolling out.
  4. Roll the dough into a 12 - 14 inch round and place in the bottom of a deep 10 inch pie plate. Push the dough into the corners and ensure that it is not stretched at all or it will shrink from the edge.
  5. Trim dough to edge of plate. Use the other round to cut out leaf shapes for the edge of the pie. Score a leaf vein pattern in the leaf shapes.
  6. Brush the edge of the crust with a little egg wash made from whisking together 1 egg with a couple of tablespoons of water. Place the leaves along the edge and brush the tops with egg wash as well. Chill the prepared pastry shell until ready to use.

For the Filling

  1. Dice about 4 cups of peeled raw pumpkin and roast on a parchment lined cookie sheet for about 40 minutes or until the pieces are lightly browned and fork tender. Cool completely and puree in a food processor until very smooth.
  2. Whisk together the pumpkin puree along with all of the other ingredients in the filling until smooth and well blended.
  3. Pour filling into the prepared shell
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes before reducing the heat to 350 degrees F and baking for about 25 to 30 minutes until the center still jiggles a little but is set.
  5. Cool completely before serving. Use extra baked leaf shapes to garnish if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 g

Amount Per Serving Calories 347Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 117mgSodium 210mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 14gProtein 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Monday 2nd of October 2023

Will one sugar pie pumpkin be enough to yield 2 cups for your pie recipe? Does your pastry recipe make 2 pies if not used to decorate?


Rose Martine

Thursday 13th of February 2020

Simple recipe. Very tasty. The whole family loves it. Added pesto to one. Delish!


Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

hi, is it ok to leave the pie overnight to serve the next day?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

You should refrigerate.

Dawn Cohen

Monday 20th of November 2017

What’s the best way to peel a raw pumpkin? Everything I read online says to microwave it first to make it easier to peel.

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

I cut it in small chunks first and then peel.


Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Hello again, I'm making this for Thanksgiving so I'm hoping you reply before then. Am I able to roast pumpkin puree from a can? I don't have any fresh pumpkins. Also, I have tried your coconut cream pie and you're right, it is the absolute pie. EVER!!!!!


Monday 23rd of November 2015

Roasting a pumpkin is just a fancy way of saying baking a pumpkin, baking it softens it so it can be puréed into a filling, if you don't have a fresh pumpkin a can is fine. Don't try to roast a can of pumpkin it would dry it out and possibly burn it. Have a great thanksgiving?

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