Homemade Pumpkin Pie: How to Make a Pumpkin Pie Tips and Recipe

Perfect for the autumn season, learn how to make pumpkin pie with quick tips and 7 easy pumpkin pie recipes

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Tips and Recipes
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Tips and Recipes
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There is at least once or twice a year that everyone expects to see a pumpkin pie on the dining room table. Stop buying the premade pies with no heart and let these Homemade Pumpkin Pie Tips and Recipes help you make your own pie.

All the ingredients you'll need for your delicious homemade pie are in these recipes, except for love, which only you can add! Is fall without pumpkin even fall at all? We think not. The comforts of a warm slice of pumpkin pie cannot be beat; and when that slice is homemade, the comfort only increases.

Amidst all the pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin soups, pumpkin pie remains the most beloved and expected of pumpkin recipes each year.

These easy pumpkin pie recipes will impress your friends and family; they don't have to know how easy it was. When you make homemade pumpkin pie, you'll love it so much you'll be adding the recipe to your family cookbook. Pick from any of the great recipes listed below; and, don't forget to read the helpful tips to be sure your pie is as good as it can be. Pull on that apron and don your baker's hat; it's time to get cooking! 

Cooking MethodBaking


Total TimeUnder 2 Hours

Recipe CourseDessert

Type of DishPie


  • 1 can (15-ounce) Pumpkin Puree
  • Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 can (12 ounce) Evaporated Milk

How to Make a Pumpkin Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; beat well. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  3. Place pie crust on baking sheet. Pour filling in pie crust and place in the oven. (You may have extra pumpkin pie filling. If so, you can make mini pumpkin pies.)
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 40 to 50 minutes, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on rack. Chill if desired.

Pumpkin Pie Tips + Bonus Steps for Making a Pumpkin Pie

  1. Pre-bake your crust for a few minutes before adding your filling.

  2. Process a fresh pumpkin for your filling.

    Why should you process fresh pumpkin? 

    "Preserving pumpkin pulp over the winter is quite a tradition. My family is crazy about pumpkin recipes, we enjoy them all year round and we hate seeing those beautiful pumpkins we use at Halloween go to waste once fall is over. And what better way to enjoy their benefits than freezing pumpkin pulp in individual packets over the winter? Perfect way to preserve their quality and taste!"

    - Petro Neagu, Creative Homemaking

  3. Strain your fresh pumpkin puree so you don't have a soggy pie before making your filling.

  4. Always wait for your oven to preheat before baking so your dessert will cook evenly.

  5. Mend any broken spots in the crust by getting it a little wet to soften it and molding it back together.

  6. Remove your pie from the oven before it is fully set to avoid cracks in your filling. The pie will set up as it continues to cook outside the oven.

What's your favorite pumpkin recipe besides pumpkin pie?

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I love pumpkin bread with chocolate chips! I also really like pumpkin muffins.

My favorite pumpkin recipe (besides the classic pie with a TON of whipped cream) is pumpkin donuts or pumpkin cupcakes. Give me all of the pumpkin baked goods.

I have never thought to make pumpkin donuts or pumpkin cupcakes but I will be adding this to my list this year. I also love pumpkin baked goods and can not wait for them each holiday. I make a pumpkin pie and bread each year for the holidays and they are always a hit.Do you have a recipe for the donuts? Would love to make some.


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