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Cooking: How to Make Pumpkin Pie from Real Pumpkin (Gluten Free)

Updated on March 31, 2014
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Tori is a 26-year-old, three-time animal mom DIYer living in Northern Atlanta with her boyfriend.

delicious AND gluten free!
delicious AND gluten free! | Source

Okay, so it may be out of season for pumpkin pie, yes. However I still wanted to share this recipe. Who needs seasons, anyway? I used to really not like pumpkins, or pumpkin pie, or anything of the sort when I was younger. But one day last year for some reason I just really wanted a pumpkin pie.

It sounded challenging, and I was up for a challenge that night. My mom always makes what we like to call "a pie per person" at Thanksgiving. We had the usuals - pumpkin, mince meat, apple, and cherry, but there were always a few extra other flavors as well, depending on what was available and what my mom felt like making. We would eat pie for days!

Now that my parents live in Michigan and my siblings live in Virginia (I'm the only one in the Carolinas now) it's hard and I've been trying to learn how to make them all so I can keep up the tradition. So, since my family wasn't around the day I wanted pumpkin pie, I ended up making it for the company Thanksgiving potluck (my coworkers are always the taste-testers for my experiments, thank goodness for them!). And I decided when I made it that I wanted to make it from real pumpkin.

I found a bunch of recipes online for pumpkin pie (pretty common in America, right?) and there were aspects of each one that I liked, but either I didn't have the ingredients I needed or I didn't like the ingredients. The other problem was that it was hard to find one with a gluten free crust. So I kind of mishmashed the ingredients that I liked together - and came out with a beautiful, delicious, rich-like-it-should-be pumpkin pie that had a gluten free crust. And now I want to share the recipe with you! Please, try it when pumpkins are back in season and let me know how you like it too!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 20 min
Yields: approximately 8-10 servings (one whole pie)

Helpful Hint

Adjust the spices as you see fit. Some people may not like as much spice in their pie and some people may like more! It's all a matter of your personal preference!

Ingredients

  • 1 small pie pumpkin, small
  • 2 medium eggs or equivalent egg substitute
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bag Breads from Anna Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix, and listed ingredients, OR
  • 1 container Pillsbury Gluten Free Pie and Pastry Dough
  • sunflower oil

For the Pie Crust

  1. Make the crust according to the directions on the back of the bag. I highly recommend Breads from Anna's Pie Crust Mix as it provides an amazing contrast in taste between the pumpkin filling and the crust. It is really easy to use and set into a pan for baking, and can be rolled out with a rolling pin without falling apart.
  2. If you don't like this crust or can't find it, I also recommend Pillsbury's Gluten Free Pie Crust and Pastry Dough - this stuff bakes really well and tastes great! Follow the directions on the back of the container.
  3. Once your pie crust is made, pop it in the oven to bake a little bit, then take it out after about 10 minutes or whatever is listed in the mix's instructions. Your pie crust is ready for the filling!

it took some muscle and a really big knife, but I got the pumpkin cut open!
it took some muscle and a really big knife, but I got the pumpkin cut open! | Source
here are the pieces cut up, and this is what they look like after baking - slightly browned, peeling, hard crust, and soft to the touch of a spoon or fork. check your pumkin pieces often to make sure they don't overcook.
here are the pieces cut up, and this is what they look like after baking - slightly browned, peeling, hard crust, and soft to the touch of a spoon or fork. check your pumkin pieces often to make sure they don't overcook. | Source
here's the pumpkin, all blended up!
here's the pumpkin, all blended up! | Source

For the Pumpkin Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take a knife and carefully cut the stem off of the pumpkin like you would if you were carving it, except slightly closer to the stem but still making a big enough hold to stick a spoon inside.
  2. Take the stem off and throw it away. Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin with a spoon as if you were going to carve it.
  3. Cut the pumpkin in half after scooping, then cut into pieces and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle the pumpkin pieces with sunflower oil. Then sprinkle cinnamon to taste over the pieces. Make sure to coat as evenly as possible.
  4. Bake the pieces for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your pieces (if they are kind of big, such as cut in quarters, they will need a little bit more time. The pieces will be ready for removal from the oven when they are soft when pressed with a spoon, are slightly darker than when you first put them in, and the pumpkin skin appears to be a little hard. When you have taken the pieces out of the oven, set the oven higher for 400 degrees.
  5. Let the pumpkin pieces cool after removal from the oven for about 15 minutes before handling.
  6. Peel the pumpkin from its skin with a spoon once cool enough to handle, and place into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour the pumpkin into a separate bowl and whisk in cream, egg, sugar, and spices.
  7. Pour mixture into pie crust. Pop pie crust into the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, then lower the heat to 325 and bake for about 45-50 minutes.
  8. If you would like to make a delicious garnish for the pumpkin pie, top with homemade vanilla whipped cream by following this recipe: taking 1 cup of heavy cream and whip on high with a stand or hand mixer until peaks begin to form. (You can do this by hand but it will take a while!) Reduce speed to medium and add in 1 tbsp granulated sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. YUM!
here it is baking - I had a little extra so I made a mini pie in a pyrex dish!
here it is baking - I had a little extra so I made a mini pie in a pyrex dish! | Source
this is what it should look like when it's done cooking!
this is what it should look like when it's done cooking! | Source

Did You Make My Pumpkin Pie?

I love to hear about suggestions and variations to recipes - I think it adds a lot to really create a great recipe! If you make this pumpkin pie this year, PLEASE let me know how it turns out or if you did anything differently. I can't wait to hear from you!

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      ToriM 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Yeah, it takes a little while for that pumpkin to soften up enough to puree! I was really worried because it almost looked stringy like spaghetti squash when I was scooping it off the peel, but after I blended it that all went away! Pumpkin takes a little while to cook in the oven but after it's done there shouldn't be any issues with it :) Thank you for commenting! If you get the chance to make it this year, let me know how it turns out and if you changed anything, I would love to hear how it went!

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      dearabbysmom 4 years ago from Indiana

      I tried to do this once, and see from your recipe that I didn't cook the pumpkin long enough before pureeing. I ended up with little chunks and my kids refusing to eat it! but I would try it again. I agree pumpkin pie is good all times of the year...my family likes it with chili when the snow flies. Thank you for sharing this!

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