An Amazing Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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 Amazing Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie recipe is really amazing. It is thick and rich. I discovered a secret ingredient years ago when I was making my Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Pie recipe.


Amazing Pumpkin Pie

Amazing Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love cooking and baking so I look forward to the big feast for months. Planning the big meal isn’t very hard. Only a few of the dishes I make change.  It is a given that there will be turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. 

One year while I was up baking my pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving Eve I realized I lost my wedding band!

I had also been making a bread stuffing earlier and panic seized me as I realized the ring could be in the stuffing since I had used my hands to mix it.

Note to my husband.
My youngest daughter was in kindergarten that year and I wrote the note to my husband on the back of an instruction sheet the teacher had sent home.

November is National Bread Baking month and the teacher had sent home the instruction sheet to make Bread in a Bag.  

You can click on the photo for a larger view if you’d like to print or copy the recipe since my sheet it is bit stained.
How to Make Bread In A Bag
I don’t remember if we ever made the Bread In A Bag recipe. 

I wasn’t about to trash the entire batch of stuffing. I planned to tell my guests to watch out for it when we sat down to dinner.

My ring showed up the next morning when I was rummaging around in some shopping bags I had stashed some Christmas gifts and Thanksgiving decorations in.

It must have slipped off when I was digging around in them for something I needed  while I was cooking. 
Thankfully I didn’t have to warn my guests they might loose a tooth over dinner.
I’m a bit of a pack rat when it comes to nostalgia so I have hung on to the note and recipe sheet for the last nine years.
My pumpkin pie recipe is pretty much a standard pumpkin pie recipe except for one ingredient. This ingredient has been my little secret for a long time. I’ve never seen it used in any other recipe.

  I’m not sure how I came to add it to the recipe. It may have been an accident. Or I could have made a mistake when I went grocery shopping and picked it up on accident. It’s been so long since I started adding it to my pumpkin pie I honestly can’t remember how it came to be. But it adds a depth of flavor to the recipe that turns ordinary pumpkin pie into an amazing pumpkin pie. 

Don’t believe me?  Try it yourself and don’t tell anyone and see how many compliments you get! This recipe makes two nine inch deep dish pies.

Eat one for Thanksgiving Day and tightly wrap the other one in plastic wrap and freeze it to get a head start on your Christmas baking. 

If you don’t need two pies you can half the recipe.

An Amazing Pumpkin Pie Recipe
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Recipe type: Pumpkin Pie recipe
Serves: 2
  • 2 unbaked pie shells
  • 1- 29 ounce can of pumpkin or
  • 4 cups of fresh pumpkin
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Prepare your pie crusts. You can use homemade or store bought, the choice is yours.
  3. Add the sugar, spices and salt to a large bowl and whisk until the spices are evenly distributed.
  4. Beat the eggs in a small bowl with a fork and set aside.
  5. Add the pumpkin, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk to the large bowl with the sugar mixture.
  6. Pour the eggs in the bowl.
  7. Beat on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes until everything is combined.
  8. Evenly divide the mixture between the two pie crusts.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes on 450 degrees.
  10. After 15 minutes lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 45 to 55 minutes until the center is solid.
  11. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  12. Remove from oven and cool on a rack for 2 hours.
  13. Serve after cooling or cover and refrigerate.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Chef Dennis says

    I like the addition of the sweetened condensed milk, it must add such a nice flavor to the pie!

    Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!


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