By CarrolJ on October 15, 2004
Photo by strphanie
Photo by strphanie
"This recipe makes 2- 9" pies. If you make one large pie instead you will have to add time to the baking to get it done. This recipe was given to me by Opal Beebee, several years ago. This is a handed down family recipe. It was once prepared in the White House for one of the former Presidents. Opal's daughter had served in the National Guard and had met a Pastry Chef who later worked at the White House and called Opal to ask for the recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner at the White House. Do not eliminate the heavy cream IN the pie...the cream and the amount of spices listed is what makes this pie so special. It is good hot or cold. I never tasted hot pumpkin pie until I tasted this one. I found out this past Christmas (2009) that this bakes well without a crust as well. I had to make 3 pumpkin pies to take to my son's home. I had enough mixture left over make another pie but not enough pie dough for a 4th pie. So I spray oiled a round casserole dish, filled with mixture and baked."
Serving Size: 1 (194 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
"Great! I did halve the ground cloves, but other than that, made it as directed. I also had to bake quite a bit longer than stated. My knife never did come out clean, but after 25 extra minutes, I decided that would be enough! Everyone loved it!
I made it again yesterday. I was tempted to crisp up the crust by cooking it a bit first because the first ones I made, the crust (underneath) was a bit soggy. I decided to follow the directions on the Libby's can for baking. (bake at 425 far. for 15 minutes, and at 350 far. for between 40 and 50 minutes)
Following this recipe, but Libby's baking instructions turned out much better for me.
Update, 2011: I still use the Libby's baking instructions, but other than that, follow this recipe to the letter. People BEG for this pie! It is the best!"
"This pie is excellent - perfect blend of spice/sweet/creaminess. The only change I made was to bake it at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 50 minutes. At first I was skeptical about the amount of cinnamon, but after eating a piece I found the amount to be perfect."
"Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, there is bound to be the ceremonial pumpkin pie on my family's table. Most years, I pass over it without a second thought. This year, I couldn't go home for the holiday, so I held Thanksgiving and decided to try my hand at a pumpkin pie. I'm very glad I did and used this recipe. This was, hands down, the best pumpkin pie I've ever had. It wasn't that lackluster, soggy mush I've long associated with the "traditional" pumpkin pie recipe. Oh no, my friends, this is a pumpkin pie sent down through the ages by gods. Imagine a creamy, custard-y party in your mouth dancing to the sound of a choir of angels. It was so good that when I was done, I considered breaking my non-smoking streak. Opal, you are awesome for sharing this. Where ever you are now, thank you for making me a pumpkin pie convert."
"I halved the recipe to bake only one pie, but this recipe yielded a large amount of filling that worked for two pies. I tried with 2 different type of crusts and liked the graham cracker one much more. The first time I followed the recipe to a T and thought the filling was too sweet and mushy. The second time I added 4 oz cream cheese (for half recipe) to harden the filling a bit and reduced white sugar by 2 tbsp. I also increased the spice: 1/4 tsp of clove and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. However, I didn't reduce salt and the filling turn a little too salty (there must be some salt in the cream cheese too: I used Lucern). So next time I will try reducing salt to 3/8 tsp.
Note-to-self: I tried the original pie again 4 days after baking it (original recipe 1/8 nutmeg, no cream cheese) and liked it much better. The filling has firmed up in the fridge and the taste more mellow (still a teeny bit too sweet)."
"I have been making this same pie for at least 30 years. The recipe is the same one I have, word for word but from a different source and different title. The recipe I have is called "Old fashioned Pumpkin Pie". It came from a paperback cookbook my mom got when I was in grade school (I'm now 58 years old). She could never remember where she got the cookbook and it has since pretty much fallen apart from age. The cover and some pages gone. I can remember that the cover was either blue or purple and the title was "The Manhattan Cookbook". There was no colorful story along with it about being served at the white house, but the recipe and ingredients are word for word the same as here. So I can attest that this is an excellent pumpkin pie, no matter where it came from. Just thought it was interesting that we had the same recipe from different places."
"So very, very good!"
"Wow, I loved this pie! No complaints from my family, either. The richness of the pie and its assertive spicing really make it different from other pumpkin pies--I made sure to use the freshest spices for maximum pungency. I made this for Thanksgiving and will probably make it at Xmas too. Thanks for sharing! Hope you like my photos, too.
UPDATE, 2012: I first reviewed/baked in 2005 and I STILL love this pie. I make more converts every Thanksgiving. :) I parbake the crust, add a dash of nutmeg, and sometimes I reduce the amount of sugar but otherwise it's 100% perfect to me. Custardy, creamy, pumpkin-y goodness!"
"Add my whole family to the list of people who love this pie! My sister made this for our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner and it was fantastic! She used real pumpkin and made a delicious deep-dish pie. So so good! Because it is deep-dish it did take longer to cook so make sure to protect the crust if you are trying this. Again, DELICIOUS!!! Thanks CarrolJ."
"A great traditional pie! The spice combination gives it a nice depth of flavor. After making it a few times, the only change I would suggest is reducing the sugar slightly."
"This was great! Everyone commented on how flavorful it was!"
"Holy cow! This pie is amazing! This was my second time making pumkin pie. The first reciepe was good but doesnt even compare to this one! I had 2 pumpkins that i had bought at the farmers market and with the two pumpkins it made just enough for this reciepe. I bought the pillsbury frozen pie crusts and the filling was enough to make 4 pies! Im so excited. My husband and i already ate half of one and i am going to bring one to my sister in laws for thanksgiving and give one to my mom and sister as well. Thank you so much for sharing this yummy reciepe! I will keep t in a safe place and it will definitly be my pumpkin pie reciepe!!"
"Delicious pumpkin pie! I cut recipe in 1/2 to make 1 pie and it came out great. I added some nutmeg and a little extra cinnamon."
"This is officially the 3rd year I will be making this pumpkin pie recipe & no one wants anything else...there are never any leftovers!"
"I made this the day before Thanksgiving for the first time. I will only use this recipe from now on. Thank you."
"I hate pumpkin pie... NOT THIS ONE! When the boyfriend wanted one I made this ... first time making pumpkin pie (let alone eating it) and LOVING IT. One tip: I made it with a homemade graham cracker crust... not such a great idea. The crust didn't turn out so well with this I'm assuming because of cooking time/temp."
"Made this with Pumpkin Puree (by JellyBean) on Recipezaar and it came out GREAT! Also made this with canned Libby's Pumpkin and sent a bunch of these to work with DH ... they were GREAT as well! I added about 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg to this recipe but other then that didn't change a thing. GREAT Recipe! Thanks so much! :)"
"I was skeptical but I gave the recipe a try. It was a breeze to make but I did not have any 8 inch pie tins. I had a 9 inch very deep dish pie tin. It filled right to the top. I was afraid it would bubble over and there would be a mess. Nope! I baked the pie for 90 minutes and it looked beautiful. The taste was fantastic. I'm not very fond of a real dense pumpkin pie.The taste was super yummy. I'm picky with pies. I'm now looking for another 9 inch deep dish tin.This recipe is a keeper! I did cut the cinnamon down a tad and used splenda. Half sugar/half splenda blend."
"Tried this recipe last year and will never go back to the "recipe on the back of the can." It doesn't sound like it would be drastically different from the usual, but trust me, the extra fat from the heavy cream gives this pie a decadent "mouth feel." It's something to be thankful for!"
"Very good and not overly sweet tasting despite having so much sugar in it. What I liked was that it cooked up perfectly. I've had pumpkin pies come out too soft in the middle but not this one."
"It was wonderful, the spices were right on. However, I felt it was just a bit too sweet, like half a cup of sugar too much. I forgot to scald my milk and used my own pumpkin puree so I had to cook mine an additional 10 minutes. This will be my "go-to" from now on."