This silky classic Thanksgiving pumpkin pie recipe has been in my family for years and is the easiest and absolute BEST pumpkin pie you’ll ever have. Everyone will want seconds!
So I’m totally contradicting everything I said on Tuesday.
And if you’ll recall: That was that one conversation we had about mini pies being IN and big pies having to take a backseat for like…forever.
Forever meaning three days. Up until that one classic Thanksgiving pumpkin pie rolled into town and claimed my heart. ♥
What can I say? Sometimes a gal wants a mini streusel-covered pumpkin pie, but other times, THIS gal just craves a big ‘ol slice of the real thing.
If you’ve known me for even five minutes, you’d probably know that am definitely not above messing with the classics, but even the classics deserve the spotlight sometimes. And Thanksgiving happening in T-minus SIX days is more than enough reason to share my ultimate Thanksgiving pumpkin pie with all you other pumpkin-addicts out there.
Embrace the pumpkin-addict inside you. I obviously do. 😉
We’re talking no frills, no-fuss, no frosting, and no streusel-covered (what?? who am I??) pumpkin pie today, guys. Basic crust + classic pumpkin pie filling and maaaaaybe whipped cream/ice cream heaped on top before digging in, but that’s pretty much it.
Okaaay and yeah, that last part is obviously necessary if you have even an ounce of humanity and respect for the great pumpkin pie, which is this.
Anyway, as I said: Simple, simple, SIMPLE is the theme for today. This pumpkin pie is totally foolproof and even novice pie-bakers can make it without a hitch.
Let’s talk crust: You can use storebought pie crust OR if you’re feeling domestic-y and in the mood for the good stuff, you can make your own. I’ll let you guess which one I prefer. 😉
The filling! Again, so simple, but I’m gonna let you in on a little hack that absolutely separates ALL pumpkin pies from the rest: Homemade pumpkin puree! Trust me, friends, it makes ALL the difference as far as flavor and texture goes—spot-on pumpkin flavor + silky texture!
Do it. It takes only minutes and I show you exactly how here.
Shazaaaam. Into the crust goes the filling and into the oven with the whole ‘thang to let the magic happen.
Pumpkin pie magic, guys. My favorite kind. 😉
Are you ready for your moment with a slice of the dreaaaaaamiest pumpkin pie in the history of Thanksgiving? ♥
Yyeeesss. I’ve totally been ready all year. ? ? ?
Classic Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie
- Pie pastry for one 9-in pie
- 1-3/4 cups pumpkin puree or one 15-oz can
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup milk
- Roll pie pastry out to fit a 9-in pie plate, transfer to plate and crimp edges. Preheat oven to 350F and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs pumpkin pies spice, salt, cornstarch, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Pour pumpkin filling into prepared crust.
- Bake pumpkin pie at 350F 75-80 minutes or until a knife inserted in middle comes out clean. (if necessary, cover crust edges in foil while baking to avoid overbrowning.) Cool pumpkin pie completely on a wire cooling rack.
- NOTE: If desired, you can make leaf cut-outs out of leftover pie crust dough and bake them separately from the pie until golden-brown---after the pie is baked, arrange the leaf cutouts on top.
The recipe for this pumpkin pie was also featured in my Thanksgiving ebook that was just released! Have you gotten your copy yet??
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
You definitely can’t go wrong with a classic like this! I love pumpkin pie, and since I usually only eat it once a year, I really look forward to it during the holidays. Looks like you nailed this recipe, Sarah!
I only eat pumpkin pie once a year too, so it’s EXTRA special this time of year! 😉 Thanks for the sweet words as always, friend! xoxo
You know I don’t really love holiday food, but this pie is calling my name!!
That is a pretty nice compliment, Annie! 😀 Girl, I GUARANTEE you would adore this pie!
Meg @ With Salt and Wit says
This classic pie never looked better to me! Pass me a slice!
The classics just RULE, right? Thanks Meg! xoxo
Jen | Baked by an Introvert says
A good ole classic pumpkin pie, you can’t beat it. It looks incredible, Sarah!
Exactly!! Hope you’re having a nice weekend, Jen! 🙂
Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I am SUCH a pumpkin pie girl and this looks like the creamiest dreamiest pumpkin pie EVER! Love that you cut out the little leaves, my pie crust always looks terrible and I could use this trick to cover it up!
The leaf crust was SO much fun to make, Denise! And the best part was that it didn’t have be meticulous and perfect like most other pie crusts! 🙂
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says
I wish I had a big slice of this pie right now! It looks perfect, and I love the cute leaf cutouts!
Thanks so much Kristine! Hope you’re having a nice weekend, girl!
What a great pumpkin pie! And I have to say that I’m very impressed with the crust leaf work. Very pretty!
Ohh thank you Amanda! You’re so kind. 🙂
Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says
I’ve never had pumpkin pie before, but it looks amazing and sounds delicious. Love the decoration! I’m definitely going to try the recipe soon! 🙂
Thanks Jess! You for SURE need to give pumpkin pie a try! You will adore it!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Nothing beats a classic pumpkin pie! I’ll take a slice, please.
Totally agree! Happy weekend, Ashley! xoxo 🙂
Kathy Mader says
I will make this for T’giving. I’m a classic kind of girl and I like simple recipes, and not new twists, takes and turns. Comfort, traditional food all the way. Thank you for sharing this and I will report back. Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah, you sweet person, you!
Yay! You will have to let me how your pie turns out, Kathy! I know you will love it!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
I love your leaf cut out decorations on the pie! I have always wanted to make those! This looks amazing Sarah! A Thanksgiving classic for sure!
The leaf cutouts were so fun to make! I think all my pies are going to end up like that now. 🙂 LOL. Thanks Mariah!
Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Allergy Friendly Eats says
You’ve decorated this so prettily! I would love a slice!
Aww thank you Kelly! So wish I could send you a slice right now!
This pie is gorgeous Sarah! I love what you did with the crust!
Aww thanks so much, Christin! xoxo
I love big pies and small pies alike….I don’t discriminate. 🙂 This pie looks amazing, too! I love the pastry leaves, and homemade pumpkin puree makes this extra special indeed!
Haha! I’m with you, Marcie! I’ll just take pie in any and every form. 😉
Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says
Homemade pumpkin pie with homemade pumpkin puree is the absolute best dessert. I make my Grandma’s recipe every year and it is amazing. I’ll have to try your version now because it looks different than mine and more pumpkin pie is always a good thing! 🙂
Yes! I swear that homemade pumpkin puree just makes all the difference! So amazing. 😉
You make the best pies 🙂 Nothing beats a classic pumpkin pie and this one looks perfect! Love the leaf cutouts, so so gorgeous!
Aww thank you, girlie! xoxo