No Fail, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

How to make classic, unfussy pumpkin pie from scratch. This is our favorite way to make pumpkin pie. It’s easy, too! Jump to the Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.

We take it plain or, when feeling feisty, with a dollop of softly whipped cream. The pie filling is creamy, rich and has just enough sweetness to balance some spice from cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. You can easily go for an extra slice at the end of dinner. Don’t tell anyone, but we’ve even stolen a few bites for breakfast.

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How to Make our Easy, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Making this pumpkin pie from scratch is easy — we actually think it’s one of the simplest (and tastiest) pies you can make at home.

Easy, homemade pumpkin pie recipe with pumpkin puree (canned or homemade), eggs, cream, sugar and spices. Easy from scratch recipe with video!

The filling comes together in minutes and is made from pumpkin puree, eggs, cream, sugar and fall spices. Everything is mixed together and poured into a pie crust. You can use canned or homemade pumpkin puree in this pie. Personally, I love the pie when we’ve used canned (especially since it is so consistent), but making your own puree is easy and means the pie is 100% homemade. (Bonus, you get to roast the pumpkin seeds. Here’s our easy recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds.)

Easy DIY Pumpkin Puree RecipeSee our Easy Pumpkin Puree Recipe from Scratch with just two ingredients and one of those is salt, which is technically optional!

We don’t add too many spices either — we like how the pumpkin gets a chance to shine. If you love spicier pies, just bump up the spice amounts listed in the recipe below.

For the crust, we use our own homemade pie dough. Our favorite crust calls for 100% butter and is pretty simple to make. You can even make it well in advance and refrigerate or freeze it until you are ready to make the full pie. If you have a favorite store-bought pie crust then use it. It’s completely up to you.

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No Fail, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The Crust – Blind Bake or not?

We’re usually partial to blind baking single-crust pies — especially those with liquid fillings. With that said, we don’t blind bake when making pumpkin pie. “Blind baking” means to partially cook the crust before adding the filling. This helps the crust stay crisp and flaky.

With pumpkin pie, though, we love how the crust becomes moistened a little from the filling. The base of the crust browns, but where the filling and crust meet, it’s soft and tender. That’s how we saw our mothers make it as kids, so we just can’t stray.

If you want to blind bake the crust, go for it. Line your pie dish with dough, prick the bottom with a fork and line with foil. Fill the foil with pie weights (or use uncooked rice or beans) then bake in a 450-degree oven for 8 minutes. Remove the foil (and weights) then bake another 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden. From there, fill the crust as usual and bake until the filling sets.

No Fail, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

For more ways to use pumpkin, check out our Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes from Scratch, our Chocolate Orange Pumpkin Bread (it’s utterly delicious), these Easy, Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes and our incredibly popular Spiced Pumpkin Scones.

For more pie recipes, check out our Easy, Homemade Blueberry Pie, this delicious Cherry Pie from Scratch and our Fresh Strawberry Pie topped with whipped cream.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, review it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #inspiredtaste on Instagram. Happy cooking!

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

No-Fail, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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This is a classic, unfussy pumpkin pie. We take it plain or, when feeling feisty, with a dollop of softly whipped cream. The spices are not overpowering, here. If you like your pie spicy, increase the cinnamon and ginger a little. (We’d stay away from increasing the cloves, a 1/4-teaspoon should suffice).

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie

You Will Need

Chilled pie dough for one single-crust 9-inch pie, see our pie crust recipe

3 large eggs

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar

1/3 cup (65 grams) light brown sugar

1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin puree or 2 cups (440 grams) fresh pumpkin puree, see our homemade pumpkin puree recipe

3/4 cup (175 ml) heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  • Prepare Crust
  • Roll out dough so that it is two inches larger than your pie dish. Gently press dough down into the dish so that it lines the bottom and sides. (Be careful not to pull or stretch the dough). Trim dough to within 1/2-inch of the dish edge.

    Fold edges of dough underneath itself, creating a thicker, 1/4-inch border that rests on the lip of the dish. Crimp edges. (You can see us do this in our pie crust recipe video). Refrigerate while you make the pie filling.

    • Make Filling
    • Whisk eggs and both sugars together until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and the salt. Stir until well blended.

      • Bake the Pie
      • Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Transfer pie shell to a baking sheet. Pour pumpkin filling into the pie shell. Bake pie at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick or thin knife plunged it into the pie, about 2 inches from the edge, comes out clean. Rotate once or twice during baking. If, while the pie bakes, the tops of the crust becomes too dark, cover with a thin strip of aluminum foil.

        • To Finish
        • Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours or until room temperature. Cut into 8 wedges and serve alone or topped with whipped cream.

          To store, cover the cooled pie loosely with foil or plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to tell the pie is done: Take the pie out of the oven when the majority of the pie looks shiny and set on top. It should jiggle a little like jello, but not much more. The middle will still look wet on top. This is okay, it will continue to cook as the pie cools on the counter. And, as a final test, grab a toothpick or thin knife then plunge it into the pie, about 2 inches from the edge. If it comes out clean, the pie is done. As the pie sits until cooled to room temperature, it will continue to cook and set. We wait 2 hours. If, when you cut into the pie, the middle does not seem to be set, let it cool a little longer. Or, cut the slice anyway and cover the end with whipped cream. It will still taste great.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/8th of pie / Calories 365 / Protein 6 g / Carbohydrate 38 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 21 g / Total Fat 22 g / Saturated Fat 13 g / Cholesterol 131 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • Michelle Mendoza November 20, 2017, 2:28 am

    How do you add the cream? Do you just pour it in or do you whip it before you mix in with the rest of the ingredients?

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    • Joanne November 20, 2017, 4:37 pm

      You add it straight from the jar/carton. No need to whip.

      Reply
  • Christina November 19, 2017, 7:56 pm

    Great tasting pie but the filling didn’t set firm enough. It’s been sitting for a little over 2 hrs. Should I have cooked it longer?

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    • Joanne November 20, 2017, 4:39 pm

      It may have needed slightly longer in the oven. You also might find that it will firm up after a night in the fridge.

      Reply
  • Rennae November 16, 2017, 1:35 pm

    I live in Colorado, any special instructions for high altitude?

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    • Joanne November 16, 2017, 2:40 pm

      Hi Rennae, This is a great question and I’ll try to take a stab at it (although I’m hoping another high altitude baker can add their thoughts as well). I don’t expect too many issues with this pie. If you are make the crust from scratch, you might find that you need to increase the water slightly (maybe 1 tablespoon) since the dough will be drier at higher altitudes. When it comes to baking, I think you should be okay. Keep an eye on the pie while it bakes and go by eye. In our recipe, we state that the pie is done when “a toothpick or thin knife plunged it into the pie, about 2 inches from the edge, comes out clean.” I hope that helps a bit! Happy baking

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  • Alison November 16, 2017, 9:40 am

    Sorry if this is a silly question. Is the oven setting for a fan assisted oven or not? I’m used to UK recipes giving temperature for a fan assisted oven and non fan assisted. Usually fan assisted is lower by 20 degrees because it cooks quicker. My husbands first Thanksgiving outside the US so I wanted to make him pumpkin pie, thanks!

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    • Joanne November 16, 2017, 2:41 pm

      Hi Alison, We do not use a convection oven (fan-assisted) oven for this. You should not need to reduce the oven temperature. I hope you both enjoy the pie!

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  • Ann November 13, 2017, 6:25 pm

    If I wanted to substitute the separate spices and just use pumpkin pie spice, how much would you recommend?

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    • Joanne November 14, 2017, 6:09 pm

      Hi Ann, I’d assume 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons.

      Reply

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