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Fresh Pumpkin Pie

In my opinion, there’s no contest as to which homemade pumpkin pie is best. No matter how good your canned filling is, it will never match pumpkin pie from scratch. —Christy Harp, Massillon, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pie pumpkin
  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • Whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • Cut pumpkin in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place cut side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 1 in. of water. Cover and microwave on high for 15-18 minutes or until very tender.
  • Meanwhile, roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Set aside.
  • Drain pumpkin. When cool enough to handle, scoop out pulp and mash. Set aside 1-3/4 cups (save remaining pumpkin for another use).
  • In large bowl, combine the mashed pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves; beat until smooth. Gradually beat in milk. Pour into crust.
  • Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-50 minutes longer. Cover edges with foil during the last 30 minutes to prevent over-browning if necessary. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, pipe whipped cream around edge of pie using a star tip. Refrigerate leftovers.



Test Kitchen Tips
  • Need help with your pumpkin puree? Follow our step-by-step guide.
  • Be sure to grab a pie pumpkin for this recipe. The kind of pumpkins you use for carving jack-o'-lanterns simply won't do.
  • Don't toss those pumpkin seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great garnish (or afternoon snack!). Learn how to roast pumpkin seeds.a>
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 239 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 289mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.