Pumpkin Pie

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Plus chilling

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Serves 8
Fill a sweet shortcrust pastry tart case with lightly spiced squash to make a traditional American treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal357
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.65g
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  • 750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks



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  • 350g sweet shortcrust pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 140g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



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  • 2 eggs, beaten



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  • 25g butter, melted



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  • 175ml milk



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  • 1 tbsp icing sugar


  1. Place the pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain pumpkin; let cool.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 15 mins. Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins. Remove the beans and paper, and cook for a further 10 mins until the base is pale golden and biscuity. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Push the cooled pumpkin through a sieve into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg and half the cinnamon. Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk, then add to the pumpkin purée and stir to combine. Pour into the tart shell and cook for 10 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Continue to bake for 35-40 mins until the filling has just set.

  4. Leave to cool, then remove the pie from the tin. Mix the remaining cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the pie. Serve chilled.

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Comments (42)

Yogini2013's picture

I steamed the pumpkin. I think this is better than boiling the pumpkin in water

ninapuss's picture

I made my own pastry (there's nothing ready made or frozen where we live) but it's something I'm quite good at. It also gave me an excuse to crank up the air conditioning and escape the 38 degrees of summer and 98% humidity.
I had to use a ceramic tart dish, pricking the pastry base liberally as we don't have baking beans... the things one takes for granted in the West!
I steam quarter pumpkins regularly, in the Japanese style, but when my partner's Aunt sent us a whole one, I decided I'd have to use it as soon as possible. We hate cinnamon so I used a tablespoon of pulped ginger and slightly less than the stated quantity of nutmeg.
For the liquid content, I used a combination of milk, fresh cream and strong ocha (green tea) and substituted fine, soft brown sugar.
The suggested cooking time seemed to be about right and the result was pretty damn oishii! Served it warm with New Zealand Hokey Pokey ice cream. Fantastic!

howler1978's picture

Made this 3 times recently. First time with squash then twice with pumpkin. I find it best to pour the mix on top of the pumpkin in the blender then blitz it.

I'm really having problems with pastry though! This time it got stuck to the sides of the loose bottomed tart tin. Are you meant to butter the tin? Also I've looked at techniques for putting the pastry in the tin, but it always breaks around the edges as soon as any pastry touches the edge of the tin it breaks off rather than resting on there while I unroll the rest off the rolling pin.

The first time I used bought shortcrust pastry, 2nd time I made my own with a bit or caster sugar. Latest effort I put two table spoons of icing sugar instead of caster sugar

Sprinkling with the icing sugar seems pointless because it just disappears and gets absorbed rather than looking like the picture!

misslydia93's picture

I'd never had pumpkin pie and thought the recipe needed a little extra. I used a mixture of butternut and pumpkin, used condensed milk instead, doubled up on spices and used desiccated coconut and a splash of vanilla. Top with pecans and a swirl of...well, mix up condensed milk with a little melted butter, add a couple teaspoons of black treacle, and a couple teaspoons of cinnamon, mixture should be thick...tastes divine, very rich mind. Anyway if you swirl this once cooled on top, it makes a wonderfully decadent experience. Pumpkin doesn't have much flavour but it adds body, I think for a lighter version you could stick to the recipe, but definitely use butternut instead, just for the fuller richer flavour. I'm baking tartlets as I write,I'll let you know how it goes...

sarah_brown's picture

Really tasty and very easy to make, slightly time consuming but well worth it. I bought sweet shortcrust pastry which was the trickiest but for me as it kept falling apart after rolling it out, and it also shrunk down the sides of the tin as it baked. I also somehow didn't read the part which said to sieve the pumpkin so I just mixed it all up with a hand mixer which worked fine, and actually gave me left over mix so I will make mini pumpkin pies today with the left over pastry.

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oxana78's picture

This pie is great, first pumpkin pie I ever made and it isn't disappoint me. I also blended pumpkin, rather than putting through a sieve and it was very smooth.

buttons_60's picture

In a panic with a large saucepan of steamed pumpkin flesh, and the pastry case made, my old faithful American cook book for the pie recipe was no where in sight, so I turned to the internet for help, and came across this recipe.
Pie turned out great. Sweeter than I have made in the past, but with a lovely scent of the spices.
I made it as stated apart from steaming, rather than boiling, which my old recipe instructed. Next time I will tone down the sweetness by using brown sugar as previously mentioned, and I will put in the ginger, that my old recipe included

feegee's picture

Yum, yum, I did this today also with Asda ready made cases :) also used dark and light sugar, used extra cinnamon and ground nutmeg and mixed spice. Additionally I noticed that the Americans used evaporated milk a lot with pumpkin pie so I substituted the milk for evaporate , ohhhh my what a treat :) and with 2 pies have enough for my glass of baileys tonight

claire_moss's picture

Yum, so much lighter than I expected. I cheated and used two Asda ready made bases 185g each. I used a blender when the sieving was taking too long - and it was still really smooth (no stringy bits). Getting withdrawals already!

peppermintstripe's picture

This was fab - we carve a pumpkin every year for halloween but have almost always chucked out the insides. This year I decided to cook with them, and so ended up with a whole jar of spiced roasted seeds and this gigantic, super-tasty pie. This recipe is going in my recipe book, and the contents of my pumpkins won't go in the bin ever again!

abbeydale's picture

This is the first time I have made pumpkin pie and I am thrilled with the results, even my husband who said he doesnt like it actually tasted it and thought it was great, thats maybe because I put ginger in it too. I only made this because I hollowed out the pumpkins for halloween and didnt want to waste the flesh, but after the success I will be making it more often not just on halloween.

dollygirl1648's picture

Hubby literally just made this and despite not blind baking the pastry (he's not a great cook bless him) and his idea of dusty was a rough sprinkle. It was in the words of my two year old "yummy scrummy in my tummy"! I couldn't agree more! Well worth a bake this Halloween!

liz-ro's picture

I tried this last night. It was my first time too, I would say this is probably the case for most UK users. After researching other recipes, they all say you do not have to actually sieve the pumpkin - you can just pulse it in a blender - that would've saved me & anybody else who took it literally A LOT of effort!! Also, because I am a relatively new baker, it would've also been helpful to mention that you only need take it out when a knife/cocktail stick inserted into the middle comes out clean - it is really not done at "just set" as stated - it's a bit wobbly/mushy if you take it out at that, and the texture only firms up a bit once refrigerated over night. But otherwise thrilled to have achieved this and you do live and learn, next time I will just stick it in a blender :-)

heatherwelsh's picture

Fabulous success, the whole family enjoyed. I took notes from the comments made and added an extra 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. :) I added an extra touch buy roasting pumpkin seeds and as pie was starting to set, i added them to decorate pie. :)

alicecoppard's picture

Absolutely heavenly dessert! I made my own pastry which also worked well and the only change I made to the recipe was using powdered nutmeg instead of the fresh kind which I didn't have any of. Was my first time making pumpkin pie but I will definitely be coming back to this recipe again!

lentonlo's picture

used butternut squash for this, tastes just as good.

Martinito's picture

I made this last night for dessert and it was absolutely delicious and went down very well with the wife (and myself!). It was so simple and effortless to bake. I followed the recipe with the exception of only using 450g of pumpkin and 240g shortcrust pastry.

It was my first attempt at making a pie and was so pleased with how it looked once I took it out from the oven and it smelled really wonderful and fragrant, full of spices. I found that there was enough flavour of the pumpkin coming through and I would definitely bake this again. Can't wait for later to have some more tonight.

joannepd's picture

Like everyone else so far this was my first taste of pumpkin pie. I also thought it tasted quite like a spiced egg custard but I did enjoy it despite initial reservations. I had no problem tasting the cinnamon but I did put plenty in with the icing sugar to dust over before serving.


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