This easy pumpkin pie recipe will wow your guests! The pumpkin custard can be made with fresh pumpkin puree or canned – your choice!
I’ll be completely honest with you. For me, the traditional holiday pumpkin pie recipe has been outdone by these maple pumpkin custards. Of course, I avoid eating wheat, so the custards are a better option for me anyway, but some of us still want pie. My youngest son is our pumpkin pie guy — he makes this recipe for our “pie holidays.” (In our house, that’s Thanksgiving and Christmas.)
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This easy pumpkin pie recipe wins dessert
Here’s the secret to making the best pumpkin pie recipe: Don’t use canned pumpkin. The good news is, it’s not hard to make fresh pumpkin puree. [Here’s how.] We use kabocha pumpkins which are available locally. You can use a wide variety of pumpkins or even winter squash to make homemade pumpkin puree.
(Note, though, that the pumpkins that are readily available in October that you carve into jack-o-lanterns are not super flavorful.)
No way, you say? Consider the fact that what’s in a can of pumpkin isn’t exactly what you might be thinking. The “what’s in my can of pumpkin?” discussion has been making the rounds. Here’s the great pumpkin debate laid out neatly for you. Might as well choose your own pie filling for this easy pumpkin pie recipe, right?
This recipe makes enough custard for two pies. My grandmas’s pie crust recipe (you’ll want to try that, trust me!) will make two single crust pies.
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Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Mix dry ingredients in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir pumpkin and dry ingredients into eggs. Gradually stir in cream. Set each pie shell on a cookie sheet. Divide custard evenly between two pie shells. (I use my big canning ladle for this.)
Carefully move pies to preheated oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; then bake for 40 to 50 minutes more. A knife inserted near the center of the pie should come out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
This recipe makes enough filling for two pumpkin pies.
Optional: Top with whipped cream before serving. (For some people in my family this is not considered optional. And yet, year after year after year I forget to have whipping cream on hand.)