Portland's Hillvilla Restaurant Pumpkin Pie

"In Portland, Oregon there was a restaurant called the Hillvilla. It was most famous for it's pumpkin pie. When the baker Eddie Palaske died, this recipe was posted in the Oregonian in his obituary, he was so well known for it. The special seasoning for this pie is different, but makes the best pumpkin pie that I have ever eaten, and when I make it for holidays, it gets rave reviews! I have not used any other recipe for over 25 years! I am sure you will love it! The time listed to prepare does not include cooking time."
photo by Roy K. photo by Roy K.
photo by Roy K.
photo by Roy K. photo by Roy K.
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  • For the pie: Mix together eggs, vanilla, pumpkin, brown sugar and seasoning mix. In saucepan, mix evaporated milk, half and half, and granulated sugar. Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add to the pumpkin mixture. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. Lower heat to 350°F and cook 25 minutes. Store in refrigerator.
  • For the seasoning: Combine all ingredients. Store in airtight container for use in other baking. Makes about 3/4 cup.

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  1. Roy K.
    I've been making this pie for the last 5-6 years. The family says it's a must for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. waynejohn1234
    After all the great reviews decided to try it to take to a Thanksgiving dinner - followed recipe exactly but definitely had to bake for an extra 15 mins. The spice mixture is excellent but did tone down the black pepper - unfortunately we do not like the texture of the pie. It is probably just a little too firm (or not creamy enough) for our tastes. I am afraid I will go back to my regular one "Kyle's pumpkin pie" on this site.....sorry but very disappointed. I am glad so many people found it to their liking.
  3. Lorrie in California
    I had to try this recipe given the story that comes with it. I'm glad to have tried this pumpkin pie recipe! My daughter baked pies from the Libby's label and pies from this recipe. She served both side by side and hands down, this recipe was the favored one. I toned down the Hillvilla spice though (using a teaspoon instead) since my family doesn't like alot of pepper and the recipe turned out well.
  4. wishful chef
    Best pumpkin pie I have ever made! I put stevia (18 packets) instead of the sugar and but still used the brown sugar. I ate the whole thing myself! (My family doesn't like pumpkin pie.) So good I was thinking about making another one!
  5. Darkhunter
    This was absolutely great! I agree with MaMa that it has a lighter texture, which suits me just fine, as I am not a lover of pumpkin pie. Of course, this recipe may make one of me. Followed the recipe to a "t", especially using your pie seasoning. This will be the pumpkin pie gracing our Thanksgiving table this year. Thnx so much for posting, Mary. Made for Fall 2008 PAC.



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