Traditional Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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How about making this very easy and traditional pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving dinner? This recipe is from the 1960's Betty Crocker cookbook. I learned to cook from this cookbook.

Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage. Learn more about the History of Pumpkin Pie. Also check out more great Pie Recipes.

Don't forget to check out my Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Menu which includes this easy-to-make and very delicious Pumpkin Pie.

Pumpkin Pie


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Recipe Type: Pie, Pie Pastry, Squash, History, Pumpkin
Yields: 8 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 60 min


Pastry for 9-inch one crust pie
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs, beaten
1 (15-ounce) can solid-packed pumpkin
1 (12-fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
Sweetened whipped cream (optional)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Position oven rack in the center of your oven.

Prepare pie pastry.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; blend in beaten eggs at low speed of your mixer. Add pumpkin and evaporated milk; blend at  high speed of your mixer until smooth.

Pour pumpkin mixture into the pastry-line pie plate. NOTE: To prevent spills, place pie plate on a wire rack or on the open oven door when filling with pumpkin mixture.

Pumpkin PieBake 15 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake approximately 45 minutes longer or until the internal temperature registers approximately 175 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer. Remember that the pie continues to cook after it is removed from the oven. Do not over bake! The center of the pie should be set but still wobbly; residual heat will finish the job.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack before cutting and serving.

If desired, serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Makes 8 servings.


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