Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie (Uses Fresh Pumpkin)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is the one pumpkin pie recipe I keep coming back to year after year. I was at a military ladies' coffee when I first tasted this pie, and it was the most moist & eggy pumkpin pie I had ever eaten. I asked the hostess, Barb, for the recipe, and she shared the recipe with me - which I believe came from her mother. I made my own changes to the recipe over the years and now I have written down my changes so that I can share my version with you. I only use fresh pumpkin in this recipe and it is well worth the little bit of extra effort. PLEASE NOTE: This recipe calls for a DEEP DISH pie plate and intended to be a egg custard textured pie. Even using a deep dish pie plate, you may still find you have a small amount of extra batter, as some deep dish pans are larger and deeper than others (mine fits all of the batter in one pie). You can use whole milks in this if you prefer, however I like the lighter taste of the skim in this. If you only have small pie plates, then you might want to prepare an extra pastry round and divide the batter between two smaller pies.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. (To make your own freshly cooked pumpkin, quarter 1-2 small pie pumpkins, de-stem, seed and de-string them. Then steam them in a steamer over boiling water until very tender--the skin will peel right off. Then mash them using a stick blender or a food processor-hand mashing will somtimes produce lumps/strings so unless you like that, go for the stick blender/processor).
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F and have ready a pie shield and a large rimmed cookie sheet.
  3. Line a DEEP DISH glass pie plate with the pie pastry round, fluting the edges decoratively as desired.
  4. Combine in order the pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
  5. Lightly beat eggs together with both milks, then add to the pumpkin mixture, stirring well to combine--it will be rather thin.
  6. Pour as much filling as you can into unbaked pie pastry and bake at 400°F for 50 minutes (or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out without any goo on it). If there is any extra filling use to fill a smaller mini pie plate or discard.
  7. NOTE: Set cookie sheet on the rack below the rack you are setting your pie plate on in order to catch any drips.
  8. If the pie edges start overbrowning, place a pie shield or a ring of foil over the edges--this will be needed or not depending on the type of pastry you use.
  9. Pie should be served chilled and should be stored in the refrigerator.


Most Helpful

I followed this recipe to the letter. Unfortunately, it wasn't anything like the photo or previous reviews. One thing that the recipe didn't mention was that you need to thoroughly beat/whip in the spices after each addition. Mine all floated to the top. The filling baked up nicely, then fell flat and had a watery texture. Just no real flavor at all other than all the spices.

The Big Cheese November 30, 2013

Whoa! This is absolutely the best P. pie I've ever tasted. The only alterations were that I roasted the pumpkins in the oven, and I used 1/4 tsp. fresh ginger (I rubbed the ginger root on a micro-grade zester, which made it like a paste). I will never use canned pumpkin again! I wish I could give it another star :) oh, I also roasted the pumpkin seeds and sprinkled them on top for decoration, and they actually tasted good with the pie.

Svensls01 November 22, 2012

I just had my first bites of this pie. WOW! I decided to try and make my own pumpkin puree this season and was looking for a recipe to try it out on. This was it! I like custard type pumpkin pies and have only had them out and about, never with my family who use canned puree or even pre-seasoned canned which never seem to get that custard consistency. This did! I will be making this for Thanksgiving for sure! I did make this in one pie pan, but I have a weird pie plate at 9.5 inches regular depth. This was a very full pie, but not over the top or anything. I will be recommending this recipe to everyone! Oh, I did make one alteration, I didn't have any cloves on hand, not sure how that happened, so that was omitted. Thanks for a KEEEPER!

semicook426 October 26, 2009

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