Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is my very favorite pumpkin (or sweet potato) pie formula. I got it from a very old issue of Gourmet magazine, and tweaked it a bit, substituting bourbon for brandy, adding fresh ginger, upping the spices a bit. My family insists on having this every Thanksgiving. The bourbon is very subtle - you won't notice it's there, but you'll know there's something special about this pie...

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Dough for 2 pie crusts

  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten with water below
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (substitute equal amount of baked, mashed sweet potato for the pumpkin for sweet potato pie) or 2 cups fresh cooked pumpkin (substitute equal amount of baked, mashed sweet potato for the pumpkin for sweet potato pie)
  • 23 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 14 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 23 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 14 cup Bourbon
  • whipped cream


  1. Roll out 3/4 of the dough 1/8 of an inch thick on a lightly floured surface; fit it into a 10-inch (6 cup) pie plate, and trim the edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang.
  2. Fold the overhang under the dough flush with the edge of the pie plate and with a sharp knife, make 1/2-inch-long cuts at 3/4-inch intervals all the way around the edge of the shell.
  3. Turn every other section of the dough in toward the center of the shell to form a decorative edge and chill the shell for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the remaining dough 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface and with a 3-inch leaf-shaped cutter, cut out 3 leaves.
  5. Transfer the pastry leaves to a baking sheet, score them lightly with the back of a knife to form veins, and chill them for 15 minutes, or until they are firm.
  6. Brush the leaves lightly with some of the egg wash and bake them in the middle of a preheated 375°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden.
  7. Transfer the leaves to a rack and let them cool completely.
  8. In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, the brown sugar, the spices, the salt, the heavy cream, the milk, the eggs, and the bourbon until the filling is smooth and pour the filling into the shell.
  9. Brush the edge of the shell lightly with some of the remaining egg wash if desired and bake the pie in the middle of a preheated 375°F oven for 1 hour, or until the filling is set but the center still shakes slightly.
  10. The filling will continue to set as the pie cools.
  11. Transfer the pie to a rack and let it cool completely.
  12. Garnish with the pastry leaves just before serving, and serve with whipped cream.
Most Helpful

I made this pie using the originally called for brandy, and although we thought it was very good, it did have a little bit of an alcohol taste to it. Overall good though, I may have to try again with a high quality bourbon instead!

MommyMakes April 06, 2005

This pie was delicious. I omitted to fresh grated ginger. I didn't have any. I used bourbon instead of brandy. Yummy. Thanks P4 for sharing.

Jane from Ohio April 01, 2005

Hakala's are a bourbon family, so we knew this would be a hit before we started. Troy made the recipe using Mean Chef's crust #26205. I managed some very artful leaves and decorative rim -- picture to come, one of these days. Very Good, and lovely Thanksgiving presentation.

Gay Gilmore December 24, 2003