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How to Make a Pumpkin Pie from Scratch Thursday, November 17, 2011 ~ 11:45 a.m.

With Thanksgiving a mere week away, I thought I'd take a break from the weddings today for something extra sweet and sinful! :)

About three weeks ago on Halloween weekend, Dale and I set out to make a pumpkin pie from scratch - not using a can of filling, but a real, fresh pumpkin. He's a huge fan of pumpkin pie, I'm actually more of an apple pie girl myself, but I thought it would be fun to try anyway! We were curious to see if our pie would turn out tasting completely different, better, worse or if it would end up tasting the same as one made with a premade pumpkin pie filling.

Turns out, our pie made from scratch tasted really similar to one made with the canned stuff, although Dale definitely liked ours better, in the end ;) It was a fun experiment, actually baking the pumpkin (and getting to munch on the yummy baked pumpkin seeds afterward), but if you're not much of a baker or if you're running short on time, I would say stick with the canned version. However, if you're looking for something fun to do with the family before Thanksgiving, or if you'd just like to enjoy a totally homemade, very fresh pumpkin pie, then I definitely encourage you to try out our recipe below!

Instructions and photos are below, and feel free to leave a comment with any questions that you may have about the recipe!

Slice of homemade pumpkin pie

Traditional Pumpkin Pie Recipe from Scratch

1 Sugar Pumpkin
1 1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk (or one 14 oz. can)
1 Egg
1 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Cloves
1 cup Hot Water
1- 9 inch Frozen Pie Shell

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Rinse and dry off the pumpkin. Remove the stem using a butter knife. It was kind of tough to do on my own, so I ultimately recruited Dale to do this part - you could always just cut the stem off the top of the pumpkin, if that's easier. Once removed, cut the pumpkin in half, and scoop out all of the seeds and pulp. Spend a good amount of time doing this part - anything you leave in there will most likely end up in your pie!

Place the two halves face-down on a foil lined baking sheet, and cover again with foil. Bake the pumpkin until soft, for 1.5 hours, then allow the pumpkin to cool, face down on top of paper towels.

While it's cooling, bake your pie crust according to its instructions. Once you take it out of the oven, adjust your oven to 375 degrees to bake your pie.

Once your pumpkin is cool, peel off its skin; it should come off easily. Put the rest of the pumpkin flesh into a food processor, or mash in a bowl with a potato masher. I actually used a blender, and just added the hot water to the pumpkin sooner rather than originally instructed. Blend until very smooth.

Make sure you measure out 1 1/3 cups of pumpkin - the whole pumpkin came out to more than what the recipe called for. Combine the measured pumpkin puree with hot water (if you haven't already), and with all of the spices. Pour into your cooled pie shell and place on baking sheet for easy oven transfer. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes. The center will still move slightly, but the crust should be lightly browned. Allow it to cool before eating and top with whipped cream! YUM!

Pumpkin pie recipe from scratch

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chandra ~ oh lovely day (LA)

Nov 17, 2011 12:09 PM

I've always wanted to make one of these from scratch but have never been brave enough. You've inspired me!

Kate@MagnoliaRouge (New Zealand)

Nov 17, 2011 1:44 PM

Wow I'm impressed!! We don't really have pumpkin pie here... need to come and visit to try!

lexi (Miami, Florida)

Nov 17, 2011 7:22 PM

Love homemade pumpkin pie!!

Lexi xx
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Jessica@TWB (Philadelphia)

Nov 18, 2011 2:57 AM

It looks like it was a success. Kudos!

Sheryl (Michigan)

Nov 24, 2011 4:38 AM

Hi and Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe. The pies look wonderful and the test dish tasted fantastic. I have one question tho': in your pictures you have what looks like vanilla, but it's not in the recipe, was it supposed to be?
Thanks again, this one is going in my recipe box!

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} (Los Angeles, CA)

Nov 24, 2011 8:21 AM

I'm so happy you liked the recipe, Sheryl! Sorry about the confusion with the vanilla...I actually pulled it out of my pantry thinking that I would need it (and took a photo of it with the rest of the ingredients), but I actually didn't end up using it in my recipe. So the recipe is correct as is. Thanks for checking though! :)