Traditional Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin-pieHalloween is around the corner, and pumpkins are found in abundance in the farmer’s market, and one gets tempted to pick up a small one which you could use to bake a delicious Pumpkin Pie at home! Not a great fan of pumpkins, I’m always skeptical about baking a pumpkin pie! Yet, this traditional Pie, made with fresh pumpkin puree and flavored with vanilla and spices is a sweet pie that is completely different than its other fruit-pie counterparts! I loved every bit of this Pumpkin Pie recipe as the fresh puree lends a much better flavor than canned ones!

[recipe photo courtesy of Fine Cooking]

I’ve added the recipe to make fresh Pumpkin Puree as it makes a huge difference to the taste. The roasted pumpkin puree adds a delicious flavor and aroma, but if you don’t have enough time on hand, you can use the canned pumpkin puree to bake the pie. And here’s a little tutorial on How to Make Pie Crust at home, in case it interests you. Off this goes to the Fall Recipe Carnival, and also to Ivy who’s collecting Sweet Pies this month!

Pumpkin Puree
1 pie pumpkin (weighing 2 to 3 lbs.)
Vegetable oil

Pie Filling
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tspn salt
1 tspn ground cinnamon
1/2 tspn ground ginger
1/4 tspn ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 large eggs
** check notes for eggless recipe below
1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin Puree
1 cup (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie shell
Whipped cream – for garnish

Eggless Version:
Replace eggs by 1/4th cup cornstarch. Add that to the liquid ingredients just as the recipe states below.

Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg in a small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in the evaporated milk.

Pour into the pie shell. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F and bake for another 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Pumpkin Puree
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash the exterior of the pumpkin, remove the stem and cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and stringy fibers from the center using a metal spoon.

Coat the cut surface of the pumpkin halves with vegetable oil. Place halves cut side done in a roasting pan. Add 1 cup of water to the pan.
Place the pumpkin in the preheated oven and bake for 60 to 90 minutes. It is done when the flesh feels tender when poked with a fork.

Remove the pumpkin from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Cool until it can be handled comfortably. Scrape the flesh out of the pumpkin halves and place in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to blend the flesh until it is pureed.

Drain moisture from the puree by placing it in a sieve lined with paper towels or a double layer of coffee filters. Be sure the sieve is placed in a bowl to catch the liquid as it drains.

Cover the puree with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Allow puree to drain for at least 2 hours. Drain overnight if possible. After draining, the pumpkin puree is ready to use.

Need some more Pumpkin Inspiration? Check these out:

Heidi’s Spice-Kissed Pumpkin Pie
Mansi’s Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Nika’s Pumpkin Pie Cappucino
Susan’s Classic Pumpkin Roll Cake

This Pumpkin Pie is definitely unlike any other sweet pie I’ve had. If it weren’t for the food-blogging world, and all those inspiring Pumpkin recipes floating around, I would have missed this wonderful experience!

Related Recipes:
Pumpkin Spiced Bread
Pumpkin & Gingerbread Cocktail
Coconut-Poppyseed Coffee Cake


  1. It’s hard to come by experienced people for this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about!

  2. thanks for notifying me about the typo! I’ve updated the ingredient list with vanilla:)

  3. Where is the vanilla?

  4. Wow this pie looks good. I’m glad you made your own puree, because we can’t buy canned pumpkin here.

  5. Your pumpkin pie slice should be on my plate!

  6. And now you have inspired me, pumpkin pie here I come 🙂

  7. The pumpkin pie looks so beautiful and creamy. Thanks for participating in the Sweet Pies Event Mansi.

  8. The pumpkin pie looks yummy,perfect for the season 🙂

  9. lovely recipe, thanks for adding the fresh pumpkin puree part! the canned pumpkin just does not give the authentic taste:)


  10. hey that looks so soft and tender and yummy!!!
    woww!!!! good one dear!

  11. that looks wonderful Mansi! yeah, pumpkin needs some being used to, but it is indeed a great flavor!:)


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