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Pumpkin Pie from scratch – Best homemade pumpkin pie

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Pumpkin pie from scratch recipe

Pumpkin Pie from scratch – Best homemade pumpkin pie



I dont know what it is, but there’s just something so warm and inviting about a pumpkin pie! From the enticing aroma that fills the air testing your patience – to the humble method of preparation that provides such satisfaction to any home cook.

A thin, flaky, crisp crust accompanied by a moist, dense, voluptuous filling. This pie is great to be eaten warm after it has rested for a while. And it is equally scrumptious when eaten cold out of the refrigerator.

If you haven’t had a pumpkin pie ever, go ahead – treat yourself to something new – you are bound to love it! There’s just something about a Pumpkin Pie!!!

You can also make the pie crust and pumpkin puree ahead of time if expecting guests.

Pumpkin Pie from scratch – Best homemade pumpkin pie

Recipe Type: Dessert / Pie
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 1 hour 
Serves: 6



For the Crust: Pate Brisee ;   see notes


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour + more for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (¾ is using salted butter)
  • 2 sticks /8 oz.  butter ; COLD and cut into ½ ” /1.30 cm cubes
  • 3- 4 Tbsp ice cold water (more if needed)
  • 1 egg , beaten with just a touch of cream : to be used as egg wash to brush sides of pastry.


For the Filling:


  • 1   Sugar Pumpkin or Small size whole Pumpkin (like Australian pumpkin). I like Japanese Pumpkin.
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (fine grain is better)


    spices used

  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¹⁄8 tsp cloves powder
  • 1 ½ cup of our home made fresh pumpkin puree  (1 small pumpkin should be just about right)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup evaporated milk




For the Crust:

  •  Chill the flour, butter and all ingredients for the pie crust. Place the flour, sugar and salt combined, in the freezer for 20 minutes before starting. Also place the processor jar and blades in the freezer if possible. Starting with all ingredients cold, gives a flaky crust.
  • In  a processor, Pulse the cold flour, sugar and salt.
  • Add the cold butter (cut in cubes) and pulse for 10 seconds exactly should be of a buttery cornmeal texture.
  • chilled butter

    chilled cubed butter

  • With the machine still running, pour the water from a glass of iced water in a slow, steady stream just till the mixture holds together as a dough.(You may not require all the water. Make sure never to let bits of ice fall into the dough).
  • Shape into a large disk. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate AT LEAST 1 hour .  See Notes
  • On a lightly floured  layer of plastic wrap, lay the disk. Cover with another large piece of plastic wrap and roll into an even circle, larger than the pie dish. You can also roll out with a light sprinkling of flour if this is easier. Refer to video.
  • Roll out Pastry Crust

    Roll out Pastry Crust

  • Lift away the top layer of plastic wrap. Fold over the ’round’ along with the bottom layer of plastic wrap gently into a semi circle. Flip gently into one side of the pie dish; the semi circle should be the same shape and direction of that half of the pie dish. Now lift away the plastic wrap and gently open up the pastry to cover the entire dish. (Note: the dough should not break or crack if chilled properly). Or you can just flip the rolled out pastry into the pie dish as in video.
  • Press gently along the bottom of the dish with the back of your fingers to line the dish with the pastry.
  • Cut around the excess pastry which falls over the border of the pie dish using kitchen scissors.
  • Now pinch  all the way around using thumb and index finger to create a decorative edge (Alternatively , you can use ‘cut out raindrops’ or small pieces(using tiny cookie cutters) from the excess pastry and create a decorative edge by pressing the pieces all around the edges.You can play around with this edge deco to your liking).  See notes.
  • Flute Edges

    Flute Edges

  • Brush all around the edges (only edges) very lightly with the egg wash.
  • Cover lightly with the plastic wrap and place a smaller pyrex dish or some form of weight over the pie base and chill in fridge well or place in freezer for 10 m only.
  • Apply Weight and Chill

    Apply Weight and Chill

For the Fresh Home made Pumpkin puree:

Regular larger pumpkins do not have the same flavor and can be stringy. However if you can not find smaller pumpkins you can try them ; just cook them a bit longer and remove any strings. However various pumpkins can be used to make this pie. Each offering a different flavor. Japanese pumpkins are also great for use in pumpkin pie. Sweeter, they require less sugar but offer a fantastic smooth pie.

Sugar Pumpkin

Sugar Pumpkin


foil bake


  • Start with a Preheated oven  – 425°F/218ºC
  • Cut the cleaned pumpkin in half. Remove seeds. Place, cut side down on  tray  lined with baking sheet or foil and bake 50- 60 minutes till the pumpkin becomes soft to the touch.
  • pumpkin seeds

    Remove seeds

    foil bake


    Pumpkin Puree

  • Scoop out all the tender flesh, (discard the skin) and Puree through the fine blade of a food mill or similarly (I use a hand held,fine blade scallion cutter to just whip into a fine puree)


  • Preheat oven to 425ºF/218 ºc .
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar,cornstarch,salt, powdered ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
  • To this  add the evaporated milk and whisk till smooth and velvety.
  • Add eggs last and whisk till incorporated. do not whisk too much and cause too many air bubbles. Just make the mixture glossy.
  • Now pour this filling into our chilled pie crust. Place on a lower rack /tray in oven and bake 10 minutes.

bottom rack

  • Reduce heat to 350 ºF/177 ºc and continue baking for 30 minutes (till centre no longer jiggles and toothpick comes out clean)
  • Transfer to wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  • baked
  • Can be served with whipped cream or just as is! Later try it cold as well!

Pumpkin Pie from scratch – Best homemade pumpkin pie

Try it and let us know –Pumpkin Pie from scratch – Best homemade pumpkin pie

pumpkin pie

In the picture ABOVE , the pumpkin pie has a slightly foamy looking centre, It has no effect on the great taste and feel. This can be eliminated if the filling is heated up well before adding the egg and immediately poured into the crust. The top should ideally look ‘still wet’ so don’t overbake and risk cracks.If you find the top is turning brown too fast, Cover with foil for some time of the baking and removing towards the last 10 minutes.

Do not be tempted to add more spices( ginger, cinnamon, cloves) The measurements given are perfect. We dont want the spices to overpower the flavor.

Pate Brisee or Shortcrust pastry is a type of pastry  often used for the base of a tart, quiche or pie It does not puff up during baking because it usually contains no leavening agent. It is possible to make shortcrust pastry with self raising flour, however. Shortcrust pastry can be used to make both sweet and savory pies such as apple pie, quiche, lemon meringue or chicken pie. Many shortcrust pastries are also prepared using vegetable shortening, a fat food product that is solid at room temperature, the composition of which lends to creating crumbly, shortcrust-style pastries and pastry crusts. Left over pastry dough after trimming the edges, can be rolled out, cut to cookies with cookie cutter, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked or baked plain into a quick snack and are ‘utterly butterly’ good!

Refrigerating the pastry disc: (can also be made into 2 smaller disks, if using pastry on top of pie as well. for Pre- planning : can be refrigerated alternatively for 3 days or frozen upto 3 months)

Rolling the pastry dough:Roll in only 1 direction at a time and rotate the disk after each turn. It should be even and thin without any cracks and you should be able to lift it up easily without breaking

Fluted-Edge Piecrust :Many recipes for single-crust pies, especially ones with a generous amount of filling, call for a pie shell with a fluted edge. For a double-crust pie, fluting the edge helps secure the top crust to the bottom crust.



Pumpkin Puree: For Pre-planning may be refrigerated overnight in tupperware


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