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Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

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I love pumpkin pie, and recently, I wanted to see if it was worth it to make it completely from scratch. So I did a taste test comparing different pumpkin pies, and honestly? The pumpkin pie from scratch was by far the best pie (see the video for the full breakdown). So if you are looking for a delicious pumpkin pie, look no further!

slice of pumpkin pie on a white plate with a pie in a glass dish behind it

Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

Yield: 10 slices
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Pie pumpkins are used to create a smooth, sweet filling with a lovely mellow pumpkin flavor. The homemade pie crust is crispy and flaky. Top with whipped cream for the perfect bite!



  • 2 small pie pumpkins
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 large eggs


  • 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2-4 tablespoons cold water


  1. For the filling, preheat oven to 350°F. Cut pumpkins in half and use a sharp spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape out all the seeds and strings. Lay cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. A fork should be able to pierce the skin easily.
  2. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool, scrape all of the pulp out of the shells. Take 2 cups of pumpkin and puree it with the evaporated milk.
  3. Whisk the granulated sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and eggs in the pumpkin mixture. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  5. For the crust, use a fork to combine the 2/3 cup shorting, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 3/4 cup flour. Cut together until you have pea-sized particles. Slowly mix in the water 1 tablespoon at a time. Add just enough water for the mixture to form a ball. Be careful not to overmix. Shape into a small disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  6. Roll out 1/8" thick and place into a 9" baking dish. Cut off any extra crust and crimp the edges. Refrigerate for another 10 minutes.
  7. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 15 minutes. Then decrease the temperature to 350°F and bake for another 40 minutes. You'll know your pie is done when you put a knife in the center of it, and it comes out clean. It also shouldn't have any significant jiggle if you gently shake it.
  8. Cool and serve.


If you don't have evaporated milk available, heavy cream can be used instead. You can also use whole milk, just add 3 tablespoons of cornstarch if you are using milk.

For a dairy-free pumpkin pie, use 1 1/2 cups of plant-based milk (such as almond, soy, or oat) mixed with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch instead of the evaporated milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is an estimate only.

I highly recommend serving this pumpkin pie alongside some homemade whipped cream.


Pumpkin pie should be stored covered in the fridge. You can cover your pie with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Pumpkin pie should last for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Pumpkin pie can be frozen, though make sure the dish you are freezing it in is freezer-safe. To freeze pumpkin pie, allow it to cool fully, then place it in the freezer. Once frozen, wrap tightly in cling wrap and place in an airtight container or zip-top bag, if possible. Freeze for up to one month.

To thaw frozen pumpkin pie, place it in the refrigerator overnight until fully thawed.

If you like this peach pie for one recipe, let me know! Or if you’ve made the recipe let me know how it went. I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Happy baking!

Hello! I'm Nichole and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I have a bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science and a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I love cooking, baking and anything food related. I look forward to teaching you more about food and sharing my favorite recipes with you. Enjoy!

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