Desserts | November 5, 2014

Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Notice how this pie edge is different from the one above?
I was in a hurry when I made this pie, so I just pressed the edge of the dough down
with a fork and called it good. For years, I made pumpkin pie that turned out a bit runny in the center. No matter how long I baked the pie, it was still WET, not set. One year, I set out to solve the problem once and for all. We live at a high altitude (about 4400 feet) so I’m sure that has something to do with the not completely set-up center of my pumpkin pies.
Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Do you like the P I E letters? My dear friend Mel, lover of all things PIE,
made these for me last year for my birthday

Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie

I like the flavor of the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe, found on the back of the Libby’s can of pumpkin. Yes, I’ve tried fresh pumpkin- cooked, but like the texture, flavor and color of Libby’s better. I found after several adjustments to their recipe, this one works time and time again. No jiggly middle. Just a nice bite of lightly spiced pumpkin filling in every bite.
Everyone needs a good pumpkin pie in their repertoire of holiday favorites. This is my tried and true, never fail recipe. Hope you love it.
Happy baking!

Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Author A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice OR 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 29 oz can pure pumpkin NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 20 oz evaporated milk canned
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 unbaked pie crusts* 4 cup volume each


  1. Place oven rack on bottom third of oven and turn oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice and eggs together in large bowl for about 2 minutes, or until blended well. Add pumpkin, mix well until smooth and incorporated. Add canned milk and vanilla. Make sure all ingredients are mixed together well.
  3. Pour into two 9- inch prepared pie crusts.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then without opening oven door, reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 40 minutes.
  5. The pies are done when the middle is set and no longer looks wet. you may insert a knife in the center of one pie. If the pie is done, it will come out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before serving. May be made the day before serving.
  7. Refrigerate if not serving the same day.
  8. Yield two- 9 inch pies

Recipe Notes

-You may make your own pumpkin pie spice for pennies using my recipe on this page.-Use the extra evaporated milk in your mashed potatoes.-The best and most simple pie crust in the world may be found here.-Make sure to have whipping cream on hand. To make a nice swirled pile of fresh whipped cream atop your pies, spoon the whipped cream into a large ziplock bag and snip off a corner. When ready to serve, pipe the cream on top of the pie. Serve immediately.

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  1. When you say “prepared pie crust” that doesn’t mean that you pre-bake them, does it? Sorry, I am a pie newbie. Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Jane,
      I am not sure, I haven’t used frozen pie crust? I am almost certain the directions for use will be on the packaging! Thanks for reading ABK and Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi Sallee, I use a 20 oz can for this recipe because it makes two pumpkin pies. If you’re just making one, definitely use a 12 oz can. Thanks for asking!

  2. You recipe is almost excatly like Libby’s, other than your addition of vanilla. A significant difference is the ratio of pumpkin to all the other ingredients. You doubled everything else above the Libby’s recipe, but left the pumpkin at 29 oz. Was this a technical error, or did you really double the evaporated milk, eggs and everything else?

    1. Hi Rita, I doubled the recipe because it makes 2 pumpkin pies, if you want to just make one pie, then definitely halve the ingredients. Thanks for asking!