Classic pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert — plus a bonus pumpkin tart recipe

Thanksgiving means it’s pumpkin pie season, and if you’re looking to go classic, consider the recipe below.

“This pumpkin pie recipe is a fantastic choice. It’s simple and straightforward, with a creamier-than-usual finish,” said Chef Dennis Littley of askchefdennis.com in Florida.

“Unlike many pumpkin pie recipes, which come with premade pie filler, this one will guide you through making your own filling,” said Littley, noting that this recipe is highly adaptable and can be enjoyed all year round.

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Read on for Littley’s pumpkin pie recipe, plus a bonus pumpkin dessert to make for Turkey Day and beyond.

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Serves: 8 people

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Pumpkin Pie Filling ingredients:

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Homemade pie crust ingredients:

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Pumpkin pie filling:

1. Mix together sugar, cinnamon, salt and pumpkin spice in a small bowl.

2. Beat the eggs in a bowl until they are light, pale yellow and have doubled in size. 

3. Use your hands to combine the sugar-spice mixture with the eggs.

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4. Add the pumpkin pie spice and purée to the mixture and blend it all together.

5. Add the evaporated milk to the mixture.

6. Pour the pumpkin mixture into a pie shell.

7. Bake at 350℉ for 40–50 minutes.

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8. Leave it to cool on the side before refrigerating it.

9. Top it off with whipped cream before serving.

Pumpkin Pie Crust:

1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

2. Pulse the ingredients 4 times until they fully mix together.

3. Add pieces of cold butter and pulse every other second until you are left with buttery pebble-sized pieces.

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4. Add the egg and pulse it in until the dough becomes a ball.

5. Place the dough on a floured surface and flatten it into a disc.

6. Wrap it in a plastic bag and refrigerate the pie dough for 15-20 minutes.

7. Once it has set, roll out the pie dough until it’s slightly larger than the pie pan and refrigerate until needed.

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Looking to think outside classic pies this Thanksgiving? Try a pumpkin tart.

“This walnut pumpkin cream cheese tart is part pumpkin and part cheesecake, and is a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie,” said Patty Mastracco, a recipe developer for California Walnuts (@cawalnuts) in Folsom.

Mastracco suggests serving the tart with vanilla whipped cream for a light and airy topping and sprinkle chopped toasted walnuts on top for an extra crunch.

Serves 12

Prep Time: 90 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes 

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Sweet Tart Crust:

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Filling:

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Sweet tart crust:

Filling:

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