Simple Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Here's my secret to a GREAT PUMPKIN PIE year after year...

Follow the directions on the back of the Libby's Pure Pumpkin can.  Pick up the boxed Pillsbury's pie crust with the two rolls inside.  And DON'T FORGET to get the can of EVAPORATED MILK!  (I forget it every time.)

In the past, I have roasted fresh pumpkin, pureed it, THEN made it into a pie.  NOBODY EVER NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE. That was disappointing.  Later on, I watched an episode of America's Test Kitchen where they made pumpkin pies with fresh roasted pumpkin and canned pumpkin puree, then asked their test tasters if they could tell the difference.  NOT ONE TASTER NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE.

America's Test Kitchen concluded that it was not worth the time & trouble of carving, cleaning, scraping, disposing, roasting, running the oven longer, for a more labor intensive product that can easily be replaced with a ready made can of pure pumpkin puree.  I COMPLETELY AGREE and have since then been loyal to the Libby label.

As for my decorative pie crust skills, well, I'm still a Padawan or a Grasshopper, depending on which shows you like to watch.

Nowadays, I focus on the crust and try to make it pretty.  That's the fun part for me.  Sometimes, I try to get fancy.  Other times, I totally screw it up and call it "rustic."   In the end, not matter what it looks like, everyone in my family loves the way I make pumpkin pie.

So this year, take it easy on yourself.  Open up the can, buy the box and just have fun!

Happy Holidays!

Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe from the back of the can.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

NOTES:

1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin spice may be substituted for the cinnamon, ginger and cloves; however, the taste will be slightly different. Do not freeze, as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.

FOR 2 SHALLOW PIES: substitute two 9-inch (2-cup volume) pie shells. Bake in preheated 425° F. oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F.; bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until pies test done.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (3,500 to 6,000 ft.): Deep-dish pie- extend second bake time to 55 to 60 minutes. Shallow pies- no change.