16 Nov

It’s always time for pumpkin pie!

What time is it? Pie Time! It’s that time of year when everyone’s craving pumpkin. It’s not just for eating pie — there are lots of pumpkin body care products, pumpkin housewares, and Pumpkin Ale. But the basic urge in November is to have pumpkin in pie form. Vegan, cream cheese, whiskey pumpkin pie — it’s all out there and someone’s enjoying it. I like my grandma’s recipe best, though:

  • 1 recipe pie crust (I’m lazy and buy a crust at the store 🙂
  • 2 cups pumpkin (or one small can)


  • 2 eggs beaten slightly (Egg Beaters work just fine if you are trying to be low fat)


  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  • 1 c. scalded milk (skim milk works fine if you wish to use it, and so does soy milk)

Mix all together. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes, turn the heat down to 350, bake 45 mins. Done when you can stick a knife in the middle and it comes out clean.

Makes 1 pie. For two pies, use a large can of pumpkin and double everything else exactly. (This is what I usually do.)


6 thoughts on “It’s always time for pumpkin pie!

  1. I wonder if that is the same recipe my mother uses for her pumpkin pie. If so I made a modification to it that was really tasty. Instead of 1 cup scalded milk use 1/2 cup eggnog and 1/2 cup scalded milk. It really gives a little soemthing to the taste of the pie you might not expect… and for those who don’t know they all seem to like it but find it hard to place.

  2. I love pumpkin pie, but in this week’s News From Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor described a woman’s rant against it, noting quite accurately that the very best pumpkin pie you’ve ever had wasn’t all that much better than the very worst.

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