A sweet pumpkin pie on a serving dish with one slice served on a plate

Pumpkin pie

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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



    Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…

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



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 1 tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 25g butter, melted



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 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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i-heart-cooking's picture
12th Nov, 2016
(BTW: Oops!: accidentally posted my first message twice! Sorry re duplicated posting.) Thanks for the advice re OK to use a carveable pumpkin. HeadieSue: do you roast or boil the pumpkin first? Have finally found a bit of free time, so will be trying out this pumpkin pie recipe this afternoon. Might try out some pumpkin chips/fries, at the same time. Wish me luck! ,-)
i-heart-cooking's picture
27th Oct, 2016
I'd like to know if I can use a FRESH pumpkin to bake with, a pumpkin of the large type seen carved into as a decoration at Hallowe'en. Getting hold of Libbys canned puree pumpkin over here in the UK is very difficult & expensive! as it normally ships direct from the USA & the postage is astronomical. In any case I would like to buy a nice large VFM pumpkin (ASDA supermarket are currently selling the large CARVEABLE-type Hallowe'en pumpkin at just £1) so that I can try out a few pumpkin recipes without breaking the bank! ,-) Can I use that type of large carveable pumpkin, to cook with? Logic says that this must be possible, as it is after all a foodstuff (of the 'squash' family)! I'd like to try cooking both a sweet pumpkin recipe (e.g. Pumpkin Pie [bbcgf-print-98803]) & a savoury dish (e.g. Bacon & Pumpkin pasta [bbcgf-print-102751] or Pumpkin & Bacon Soup [bbcgf-print-6081431]). I reckon that if just one type would work with a large carveable pumpkin, then it would be a SAVOURY recipe?! But am I right?
30th Oct, 2016
I have cooked with a carving or field pumpkin this season - both savoury and sweet recipes, I even roasted the seeds (not worth the effort in my opinion!) ALl recipes have been tasty - including the pumpkin and bacon soup. However I have bought a culinary/pie pumpkin for this recipe as I think for my first attempt I'd like it to go as successfully as possible and then if it's good then I'll try with a field pumpkin to see if there is a noticeable difference - hope that's a little helpful
6th Nov, 2015
Hope you guys soon have Libbys canned puree pumpkin available (or your own brand). You need the right type of pumpkin for this type of pie. Canned puree should not have any other ingredients but pumpkin (sugar variety) and makes a very nice pie. You control the sugar, of course.
Frances Claire
31st Oct, 2015
Delicious! Sweet, moist and nicely spiced. I took the previous tip and used condensed milk. Will bake again!
17th Oct, 2015
Made it today, my first ever pumpkin pie. It was DELICIOUS! I used the tip with condensed milk and home made pastry, also uses brown sugar. Excellent!
RosieVimes's picture
12th Oct, 2015
Had a go at making this this weekend and was very happy with the result. We made our own short crust pastry, and added some ground ginger into the spice mix. We also saved some of the pumpkin seeds, which we toasted and then caramelised to make Pumpkin Brittle which we then scattered on top. Served with some vanilla ice cream, delish!
Azlanova's picture
7th Oct, 2015
Made it! Simply delish!
10th Jan, 2015
As an 'American' (just across the border in Ontario), this recipe looks pretty close to my mum's and what you can buy in the store here. I thought I would point out that the people who substituted some pumpkin with squash - that's the way my family makes it. Also, the substitution of condensed milk is correct. It is supposed to be a type of custard pie, so to the person who commented that it was like custard....hurrah! That's what pumpkin pie is supposed to be. The only other contradiction I would make to this recipe is that the pumpkin is supposed to be a 'pie pumpkin', which is a sweeter variety than those sold for pumpkin carving. This might account for a few people commenting that they had to add extra powdered sugar on top (we use whipped cream). By the way, when I lived in Sussex for many years, Morrison's sold canned pureed pumpkin that worked well and I've heard that Tesco's also sells canned pumpkin now.
1st Nov, 2014
I made this but can't get used to the taste and texture! Not sure if I really liked it....... the texture is too fine for me (like babyfood almost). Sorry!


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