Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a pie that is really only prepared at Thanksgiving.  I always find myself making one even though no one in my family really likes it – it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. The colour of pumpkin pie can range from orange to a light brown and has a wonderful hint of clove and nutmeg to the filling.



Here is what you will need:

For the pie crust:
Note: This recipe make one 9 inch pie crust.

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup  (1 stick) of cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbs. ice cold water

For the filling:

  • 6 large tart apples (I prefer granny smith)
  • 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of corn starch
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of cold butter cut into 6 pieces


Here is how to make it:

  • In a  stand mixer, (or food processor fitted with the dough blade) fitted with the flat beater, stir together the flour, sugar and salt in the mixer bowl.
  • Add the butter and toss  to coat with the flour mixture.
  • On medium-low speed mix until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal.
  • Add the water and mix on low speed just until the dough pulls together.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, pat into a ball and flatten into a disk.
  • Lightly dust the top of the dough or the rolling pin with flour as needed, then roll out into a round  about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Place dough into a prepared 9 inch pie plate.
  • Refrigerate the pie shell for 30 minutes.
  • Place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat at 350°.
  • Take the pie shell out of the fridge after 30 minutes and line with parchment paper large enough to cover the sides.
  • Place a generous amount of pie weights at the bottom of the plate and bake the pie shell and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the dough is a pale yellow colour.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the brown sugar and eggs until well blended.
  • Mix in the cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg and salt.
  • Add the pumpkin puree and cream and mix until well combined.
  • Add the puree into the partially baked pie shell.
  • Bake the pie until the center is firm in the middle 35 – 45 minutes.
  • Remove pie from the oven and let cool before serving,
  • Serve with a dollop of whip cream.

I hope this recipe inspires you in your kitchen – enjoy!

One thought on “Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

  1. Morning,

    I was just looking through your recipe, and I think you posted the wrong ingredients for the filling. This seems to be for an apple pie. Probably yummy as well though.



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