Perfect Pumpkin Pie

  • prep time15 min
  • total time 60 min
  • serves 8
Anna Olson
Anna Olson Sugar

The pumpkin pie filling is essentially a custard. High heat will let it set, and the reduced heat will cook it.

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Directions for: Perfect Pumpkin Pie



⅓ cup cold unsalted butter

⅓ cup cold vegetable shortening

1 ½ cup all purpose flour

2 Tbsp sugar

½ tsp fine salt

4 to 5 tbsp ice water

Pumpkin Pie

2 cup canned pumpkin (500 mL)

¾ cup light brown sugar, packed

3 Tbsp fancy molasses

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

⅒ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp fine salt

3 large eggs

1 ⅓ cup whipping cream

3 Tbsp brandy or orange liqueur

Spiced Whipped Cream

1 cup whipping cream

2 tsp sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

pinch nutmeg



1. For pastry, freeze butter and shortening for 30 minutes. Combine flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Using a box grater, grate the butter and shortening into flour. Toss this mixture with your fingers to coat the fats, breaking up lumps with your fingers as you go. The dough should be a rough, crumbly texture and take on a slight yellow tone. Add 3 Tbsp of the water and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon to bring dough together, adding a little more water if needed. Shape dough into a disc and chill for an hour before rolling.

Pumpkin Pie

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to just under ¼-inch thick. Dust the bottom of a 9-inch pie shell with flour and line with dough. Trim edges, keeping scraps to roll and cut for garnish, if desired. Chill while preparing filling.

3. For filling, whisk pumpkin with brown sugar, molasses spices and salt. Whisk in eggs, then whipping cream and brandy or orange liqueur. Pour into chilled pie shell.

4. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until filling puffs just a little around edges but still has a bit of jiggle in center when moved. Allow to cool to room temperature, then chill completely.

5. To serve pumpkin pie warm, it is recommended to bake and chill completely, then re-warm in a 300 degrees F. oven for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with spiced whipped cream.

Spiced Whipped Cream

1. Whip cream with sugar and spices until medium peaks form. Dollop over the pieces of pie.

See more: Pastry, Dessert, Bake, Eggs/Dairy, Christmas, Thanksgiving

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