When it comes to classic Thanksgiving desserts, pumpkin pie reigns supreme. There’s just something so irresistible about that creamy, spice-infused custard nestled in a flaky pie crust. It’s the quintessential fall treat – comforting, indulgent, and overflowing with warm, autumnal flavors.

Yet despite pumpkin pie’s widespread popularity, finding the absolute best recipe can be a bit of a challenge. Some versions are too dense and heavy, while others end up watery or lacking in pumpkin flavor. And let’s not even get started on the dreaded canned pumpkin pie filling – it simply can’t compare to the real thing.

But fear not, pumpkin pie lovers. After extensive testing and tasting, I can say with certainty that I’ve found the holy grail of pumpkin pie recipes. This homemade version is everything a pumpkin pie should be – silky smooth, perfectly spiced, and with a texture that’s just dense enough to feel indulgent without being weighty. And the flavor? Out of this world.

1. The BEST Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.

Pour the filling into the unbaked pie crust, making sure to distribute it evenly.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425°F, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking for 40-50 minutes, until the center is almost set. The pie should still have a slight jiggle in the middle when done.

Allow the pie to cool completely, at least 2-3 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature, with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

With its wonderfully balanced flavors, velvety smooth texture, and flawless custard-like consistency, this pumpkin pie recipe puts all others to shame. It’s the kind of dessert that will have your guests raving and reaching for seconds (or thirds!).

Serve it as the grand finale to your Thanksgiving feast, or enjoy a slice any time you need a little taste of fall. Top it with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a drizzle of caramel sauce for an extra-special touch. No matter how you enjoy it, one thing is certain – this is the pumpkin pie recipe you’ve been searching for.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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