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Pumpkin Pie

A classic pumpkin pie recipe - smooth, creamy and just moderately spiced. The best pumpkin pie you'll ever eat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 55 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings (One 9-inch pie)
Calories 504 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Pie Crust:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into ¼-inch slices
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening cold, cut into two pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vodka cold
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

For the Pie Filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 ounce canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup drained candied yams from 15-ounce can
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
US Customary - Metric

Directions

  1. Make the Pie Crust: Process ¾ cup flour, sugar and salt in a food processor until combined, about two 1-second pulses. Add the butter and shortening and process until homogenous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 10 seconds; dough will resemble cottage cheese, but there should be no uncoated flour. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around the blade. Add the remaining ½ cup flour and pulse until the mixture is evenly distributed around the bowl and the mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Turn the mixture into a medium bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the vodka and ice water over the mixture. With a rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix, pressing down on the dough until the dough is slightly tacky and sticks together. Flatten the dough into a 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.
  3. Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position, place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a generously floured work surface to a 12-inch circle. Roll the dough loosely around the rolling pin and unroll into pie plate, leaving at least 1-inch overhang on each side. Ease the dough into the plate by gently lifting the edge of dough with one hand while pressing into plate bottom with other hand. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Trim the overhang to ½ inch beyond lip of pie plate. Fold overhang under itself; folded edge should be flush with edge of pie plate. Using thumb and forefinger, flute the edge of dough. Refrigerate the dough-lined plate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the pie pan from refrigerator, line the crust with aluminum foil, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on the rimmed baking sheet for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and weights, rotate plate, and bake 5 to 15 additional minutes until crust is golden brown and crisp. Remove pie plate and baking sheet from oven.
  6. Prepare the Pie Filling: While the pie shell is baking, whisk cream, milk, eggs, yolks and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Combine the pumpkin, yams, sugar, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring to a sputtering simmer over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes. Continue to simmer pumpkin mixture, stirring constantly and mashing yams against sides of pot, until thick and shiny, 10 t0 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the cream mixture until fully incorporated. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl, using the back of a ladle or spatula to press solids through strainer. Rewhisk mixture and transfer to warm prebaked pie shell.
  8. Bake the Pie: Return the pie plate with baking sheet to oven and bake pie for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F and continue baking until edges of pie are set and the center looks firm but jiggles slightly (an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 175 degrees F), 20 to 35 minutes longer. Transfer pie to wire rack and cool to room temperature, 2 to 3 hours. Serve with whipped cream. Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 491mg21%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 9135IU183%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.