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Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

Prep 20 min

  • Total time 3 hrs 20 min
  • Servings 8

For many of us, homemade pumpkin pie is the classic dish that says “Thanksgiving,” pure and simple. And speaking of simple, this easy pumpkin pie recipe offers a foolproof way to handle the dough for the crust. Put away the rolling pin – this easy pat-in crust makes prep a breeze!

By Betty Crocker Kitchens

Ingredients

Pat-in-the-Pan Pastry

1 1/3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cold water

Filling

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

Sweetened Whipped Cream

3/4 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the oil with fork until all flour is moistened. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all water is absorbed. Shape pastry into a ball. Press in bottom and up side of 9-inch glass pie plate.
  2. In large bowl, beat eggs slightly with wire whisk or hand beater. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar, the cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ginger, cloves, pumpkin and milk.
  3. To prevent spilling, place pastry-lined pie plate on oven rack before adding filling. Carefully pour pumpkin filling into pie plate. Bake 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake about 45 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Place pie on cooling rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  5. In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream and 2 tablespoons sugar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Serve pie with whipped cream. Store in refrigerator.

Work quickly as you mix up and press the crust into the pie plate. Be sure your pie plate is a regular 9-inch pie plate versus a larger deep pie plate, as you want the crust to press up high enough on the sides to hold the filling.

Expert Tips

Think ahead and freeze spoonfuls of whipped cream to use later. Just drop whipped cream by 8 spoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze uncovered at least 2 hours. Then, place frozen mounds of whipped cream in a freezer container. Cover tightly and freeze no longer than 2 months.

Read the canned pumpkin label carefully to ensure you’re not buying canned pumpkin pie mix, which already contains seasonings and sweeteners.

Stir up your own pumpkin pie spice to keep in your pantry—it’s not only delicious in a pie but it’s wonderful sprinkled over root vegetables before roasting them or to season caramelized nuts during the holidays. Mix 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 to 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice, and 1 to 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves. Spoon into a glass bottle or spice tin and store in a cool place