Classic Pumpkin Pie

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Everyone should have this classic pumpkin pie recipe and prepare it often.

For Thanksgiving, Christmas, a crisp, autumn day, or just because you love the fragrance of pumpkin baked with traditional spices, everyone should have this classic pumpkin pie recipe and bake it often.

I always wonder why companies change tried-and-true recipes that they've printed on their label for years. I can understand updating ingredients to improve the nutrition of the recipe, but changing the method alone has always puzzled me. At one point that happened with Libby's pumpkin pie. This is the classic pumpkin pie recipe as I copied it off the pumpkin can label years ago. This method is the simplest and still makes the pumpkin pie that my husband and my kids love best.

Chances are, this is the pie you grew up eating. And loving.

Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe


2 eggs, slightly beaten
16 oz. can pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
12 ounce can evaporated milk

Combine ingredients in order given.
For two 9" frozen pie shells: Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes on pre-heated cookie sheet.
For one 9" homemade pie shell: Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 45 minutes longer.
Pie is done when table knife inserted off-center in the pie comes out clean.

Recipe Notes:


  • I know that cans don't hold as much food as they used to, so if the can of pumpkin that you buy contains a bit less than 16 ounces, that's fine. These proportions still bake up perfectly. 
  • I use a 10-inch glass pie pan when I bake this and the timing is perfect. If you use a stainless steel pie pan, check the pie at 40 minutes instead of 45. It could take up to 50 minutes. Trust your nose and the knife test.
  • I use the Pillsbury refrigerated crusts, the kind you unroll at room temperature. Substitute your own homemade crust if you prefer. 



Thank you for sharing this recipe with your friends and family!

16 comments:

  1. It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend so your timing is just perfect Susan, thank you.

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    1. I didn't realize that, Grammie O. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy your pumpkin pie!

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  2. Pumpkin pie is the only pie my whole family can agree is the best tasting one!!

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    1. Same is true in our household, Sandy. I don't recall a request for any other pie from my kiddos, ever!

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  3. Pumpkin pie is a one time a year pie for my family. I can about tolerate one piece a year. The rest like it a bit better than I do. :)

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    1. Oh, no! Well, guess I'll have your share! :) Not everyone likes everything, so that's okay. Hopefully you at least enjoy the wonderful fragrance when it's baking!

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    2. This is exactly how my mother made her pumpkin pies. I could smell it as I read this post. Pumpkin pie heaping whipped cream on top Oh! my now I can't wait!!

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    3. Sam, my pictures, sadly, are missing the whipped cream. I can assure you that we did have some with this pie, freshly whipped, and it was delicious! Always appreciate your comments!

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  4. The pumpkin pie is the favorite dessert in our family during the holidays. Our family recipe has been passed down for generations and is similar to yours Susan. It is only slightly different. I've never tried the Pillsbury refrigerated crusts. I will remember that this year. I may very well give them a shot and make things a bit easier.

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    1. Tried and true is usually the best, but there's definitely something to be said for "easy" when it comes to preparing holiday dinners. Hope you like the crusts if you do decide to try them. Thanks, Cynthia!

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  5. This is very close to the pumpkin pie recipe I've always had great success with. It got rave reviews while I was still making the pies.

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    1. I'm sure it did get rave reviews, Barb. This one certainly does for me!

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  6. I don't believe I've ever tasted genuine pumpkin pie. It doesn't seem to be something we do in Scotland.

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    1. Bill, since pumpkins originated in North America, it isn't surprising that pumpkin pies would not be common in Scotland. Pumpkin pie certainly is a tradition here, particularly on Thanksgiving. It would be wonderful if someday you could try one. I wonder if canned pumpkin is sold there. That would be something interesting to look into!

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