Ahhhhh, pumpkin pie. Who doesn’t have a piece (or five) during the holiday season? It’s a holiday staple and nearly irresistible, especially with a fresh pot of coffee brewing! With Thanksgiving just a week away, I bet many are starting to feel frantic and overwhelmed. Whether you are cooking the signature dinner yourself or your aunt just called and put you in charge of dessert, this recipe is for you! If you can answer yes to one of the following questions, then you need to make this pie:
- Do you want something easy to make?
- Do you want something with little prep time?
- Do you want your house to smell like a bakery?
- Do you want to impress your family on Thanksgiving?
- Do you want something other than a store-bought pie this holiday?
This recipe is tried and true. It is super easy. It takes less than 10 minutes of prep time. It is WAY better than anything store-bought. Your family will be impressed that you made something so delicious! It’s the recipe from the back of the Libby’s pumpkin can, for goodness sake, so there is no going wrong here! Let me give you just a few helpful tips so everything goes flawlessly:
First, preheat your oven to 425. Then mix the 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon of cloves together in a large bowl. I added a little extra cinnamon for a deeper color and flavor.
Now in a separate bowl, whisk 2 eggs and the can of pumpkin.
Make sure it’s nice and creamy.
Pop open your 12 oz can of evaporated milk and pour it in slowly, mixing as you go. DON’T POUR IN THE WHOLE CAN! Libby’s recipe calls for the full 12 oz, but every time I have followed their directions my pie filling overflows the pie crust. So I hold a little back, maybe an ounce or two and that way my pie is full of all the pumpkiny goodness without spilling over the edge. If you use the whole 12 ounces of milk, you will most likely be unable to use all the pie filling. And my goodness, who wants to throw out pie filling?! That’s the best part!
Now pour in your spice mixture and mix until smooth.
Fill up the pie crust (just a simple 9 inch frozen one will do), leaving a little bit of space because the filling will expand. If your local market sells deep-dish pie crusts, grab one of those! All the filling will fit with room to spare. My grocery store didn’t have such variety so this is my remedy.
Put your pie on a cookie sheet for the drippage. There WILL be some and you don’t want it to hit the bottom of the oven and bake 40 more times before you scrape it off. Then that whole making- your-house-smell-like-a-bakery thing, won’t work. Bake it the first 15 minutes at 425 and then turn the temperature down to 350 and cook another 45 minutes.
Pull it out when the middle no longer wobbles and you have a deep, orangey-brown color. Let it cool COMPLETELY before you eat it. I know it will be hard to keep the kids (and husband!) from digging their fingers into it, but put it aside so that it can firm up. It will cut more easily when it is completely cooled.
Top with whipped cream and you’re ready to eat! Happy Thanksgiving!
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 eggs
- 15 oz pumpkin (1 can)
- 10 oz evaporated milk (1 can)
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix sugar and spices in medium bowl.
- Whisk eggs and pumpkin in separate bowl.
- Slowly add evaporated milk to the pumpkin mixture, stirring continuously.
- Add pumpkin to sugar mixture. Mix well.
- Gently pour into unbaked pie crust.
- Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then down temperature to 350 for 45 minutes.
- Let cool for 2 hours.
- Slice and top with whipped cream.