Our Best Easy Pumpkin Pie

How to make classic pumpkin pie from scratch. This easy recipe is our favorite method for making pumpkin pie. It’s one of the simplest (and tastiest) pies you can make at home. Use canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree in this pumpkin pie recipe.

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe Video

⭐️ Try our homemade sweet potato pie that just as delicious as this pumpkin pie.

Why we love this pumpkin pie recipe

  1. It’s easy! Mix your pie filling in under 5 minutes, fill your crust, and bake!
  2. This pumpkin pie tastes amazing thanks to pumpkin puree (yep, canned is fine), cream, and the perfect blend of spices.
  3. It’s ideal for making in advance. In fact, we prefer the texture of this filling after a night in the fridge.

I love homemade pumpkin pie, especially this one. Adam takes his plain, while I love adding a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Our pumpkin pie filling is creamy and rich with just enough sweetness to balance the spices, including cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Key ingredients for homemade pumpkin pie

Use a high-quality pie dough. As with all the pie recipes on Inspired Taste, we start with this homemade pie crust with helpful video showing how we make it. It has never failed us and is our go-to recipe for making pumpkin pie, this easy sweet potato pie, and our homemade apple pie. If you have a favorite store-bought pie crust, then use it. It’s entirely up to you.

Use canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree in this pumpkin pie recipe. I love the pie when we’ve used canned puree, but making fresh pumpkin puree is easy and means the pie is 100% homemade.

Bonus: when you make your own puree, you get to roast the pumpkin seeds. When using canned, I use Libby’s. If you love sweet potatoes, take a look at our homemade sweet potato pie.

Our easy pumpkin pie filling comes together in minutes. In addition to the pumpkin, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar
  • Vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, and salt

We don’t add too many spices to our pumpkin pie filling and love how the pumpkin gets a chance to shine. If you love spicier pies, increase the spices in the recipe below. You can also swap them for this pumpkin pie spice blend.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Should you blind bake pumpkin pie crust?

We don’t blind-bake pie crust when making pumpkin pie. “Blind baking” means partially cooking the crust before adding the filling, which helps the crust stay crisp and flaky.

By not pre-baking our crust, I love how the crust gets a little wet from the filling. The bottom of the crust browns and becomes flaky, but where the filling and crust meet, it’s soft and tender. For the best results, we highly recommend using this pie crust recipe.

With all of that said, you can absolutely par-bake / blind-bake your pie crust for our pumpkin pie recipe below. Follow these steps to blind bake your crust, before adding our pumpkin filling:

  1. Line your pie dish with dough, prick the bottom with a fork, and line with parchment or foil. Fill the foil with pie weights (or use uncooked rice or beans), then bake in a 425° F oven for 8 minutes.
  2. Remove the parchment or foil (and weights), then bake until the crust is just starting to brown, another 5 to 6 minutes. Set aside to cool while you make the filling. The crust can still be warm when you add the filling, just cool it enough so it is not hot.

How long to bake pumpkin pie?

We bake pumpkin pie in a 425° F oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Depending on your oven, you might need a bit longer.

You can tell when pumpkin pie is done when a toothpick or thin knife plunged it into the pie, about 2 inches from the edge, comes out clean. The pie should look set, but a little wiggly.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Does pumpkin pie need to be refrigerated?

Since pumpkin pie has eggs and cream, we recommend storing it in the refrigerator unless you are serving it. It can sit out at room temperature for 2 hours. Homemade pumpkin pie will last in your refrigerator for up to three days.

To refrigerate the pie, let it cool completely, and then wrap it tightly before placing it into the fridge. As a bonus, the texture of the filling improves after some time in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze pumpkin pie?

To freeze pumpkin pie, let it cool completely, and then wrap it tightly in foil before freezing. Thaw frozen pumpkin pie overnight in the fridge. Homemade pumpkin pie will last in your freezer for up to three months

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No Fail, Homemade Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream on top

Our Best Easy Pumpkin Pie

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Making this pumpkin pie from scratch is easy. Use canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree in this pumpkin pie recipe. We take it plain or with a dollop of softly whipped cream. The spices are not overpowering. If you like more spices in your pie, increase the cinnamon and ginger a little. We’d avoid increasing the cloves; a 1/4 teaspoon should suffice.

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie

Watch Us Make the Recipe

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 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Homemade whipped cream, for serving

Directions

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

    2Fold the edges of the dough underneath itself, creating a thicker, 1/4-inch border that rests on the lip of the dish. Crimp edges. (We do this in our pie crust recipe video). Refrigerate while you make the pie filling.

  • Make Filling
  • 1Whisk the eggs and both sugars together until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Stir until well blended.

  • Bake the Pie
  • 1Heat oven to 425° Fahrenheit (218° C). Set aside a large baking sheet.

    2Place the pie on your baking sheet. Pour the pumpkin filling into the pie shell.

    3Bake the pumpkin pie at 425° Fahrenheit (218° C) for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375° Fahrenheit (190° C) and bake for 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 top of the crust becomes too dark, cover it with a thin strip of aluminum foil.

  • To Finish
  • 1Cool completely on a wire rack for 2 hours or until room temperature. Cut into eight wedges and serve alone or topped with whipped cream. To store, cover the cooled pie loosely with foil or plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Pumpkin pie spice: Substitute 2 ¼ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Here’s our homemade pumpkin spice blend.
  • How to tell when pumpkin 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 until the pie has cooled completely, 2 to 3 hours. If the middle does not seem to be set when you cut into the pie, 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 database to calculate approximate values.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 slice (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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213 comments… Leave a Review
  • Elise January 2, 2024, 4:35 pm

    The crust was perfect, so was the filling. Wish I had found this recipe before Thanksgiving but now that I have it, I will always use it. Thank you!

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  • Michelle B November 25, 2023, 2:22 pm

    Made all of it from scratch exactly as the recipe called. The crust, the pumpkin itself, and the filling. I am in Italy and like another person said, appreciated not having to convert everything. It was the best spiced pumpkin pie I have ever made! Grateful to have a taste of America during Thanksgiving while abroad in Italy!

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  • Jessica November 24, 2023, 12:01 pm

    This is hands down the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever made. I used fresh pumpkin and man oh man…. everything about this pie is perfect. This will be made for years to come

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  • Adele November 17, 2023, 2:46 am

    Baked this dish with my daughter. Was excellent. A definte place in my recipe book:)

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    • Joanne November 20, 2023, 5:28 pm

      Wonderful! Thanks for coming back, Adele.

      Reply
  • Barbara G. November 16, 2023, 1:28 am

    This was the most helpful information. I’m excited to make this Pie tomorrow now that I fully understand the recipe. Thanks ! I’m quite sure my Thanksgiving dessert will be delicious. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone !

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    • Joanne November 16, 2023, 1:30 pm

      How wonderful! We hope you enjoy it and have a lovely holiday.

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    • Barbara G. November 17, 2023, 9:14 pm

      I made this, but doubled it to made two pies. This is absolutely the Best Pumpkin Pie I have ever eaten. The only thing I did slightly different was : I used store bought Pie Crust, baked a Pumpkin & made my Purée, instead of your spices I used Pumpkin Pie Spice, about a 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, & a scant of Allspice. I didn’t read to pack the Brown Sugar, which I did. We ate one pie, but I froze the other. I have another Pumpkin to bake, and will definitely will be using this recipe many times. The Best tasting, Light Pie. Thanks ! Happiest Thanksgiving !

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      • Joanne November 20, 2023, 5:28 pm

        What a wonderful comment, thank you so much for coming back and sharing!

        Reply
  • Marianne November 13, 2023, 12:38 pm

    This recipe is awesome! Thank you SO MUCH for putting the equivalents in grams and milliliters!! Living in Switzerland but loving American food it’s so tedious to have to calculate the mesures often times! So this is my new go-to-recipe and -website😃

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    • Matt November 18, 2023, 3:53 am

      Do you have heavy cream in Switzerland? If not, what did you use as an alternative? I’m in Germany and can’t get heavy cream.

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      • Joanne November 20, 2023, 5:27 pm

        Double cream should do the trick. Here, in the US, heavy cream has around 36% fat. If you find something close to this, you should be fine.

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