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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Updated on November 22, 2012
Pumpkin Pie:  The Traditional Thanksgiving Dessert
Pumpkin Pie: The Traditional Thanksgiving Dessert | Source

The smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven is a welcome tradition in my family. This will be our first gluten free Thanksgiving and I am determined to have the same delicious favorite dishes to share at this special time. For all those new to the gluten free world, try this full-flavored, aromatic pie in your home. It is packed with savory flavors including nutmeg and cinnamon, fresh cream and pure pumpkin.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 5 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: One nine inch pie

Ingredients

  • nine inch pie crust, gluten free
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree, (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla, pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch salt
  • 4 teaspoons flour, gluten free
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional
Use foil around the edges so the crust does not burn
Use foil around the edges so the crust does not burn | Source
The pie is done when you stick a table knife in the center and it comes out clean.  Then it will make clean cuts for slices.
The pie is done when you stick a table knife in the center and it comes out clean. Then it will make clean cuts for slices. | Source

Recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

  1. You can use a frozen gluten free pie shell or make your own. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin, sugar, cream, flour spices and vanilla.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.
  4. Put foil around pie crust so it does not burn.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degree and back for another 50 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes our clean.
  6. Let cool completely. Then store in refrigerator. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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Frozen gluten free pie crust from Whole Foods saves time and produces a flaky crust
Frozen gluten free pie crust from Whole Foods saves time and produces a flaky crust | Source

How to Select a Gluten Free Pie Crust

I have tried several different recipes and mixes, as well as frozen, ready-made gluten free pie crusts. For more information, you can read my review of gluten free pie crust products. Bottom line, gluten free pie crusts are getting closer to tasting like traditional, flaky pie crusts. My favorite pie crust, sans gluten, is a frozen product produced by a company called Wholly Wholesome. This product produces the flakiest crust I have tried to date. If you cannot find this brand, another good frozen option is a product by Gillian Foods, also sold at Whole Foods. Lastly, The Gluten Free Pantry makes a good pie crust mix, but the minimal improved taste does not justify the extra involved in preparing the crust.

Pumpkins are good for you!
Pumpkins are good for you! | Source

Pumpkin is Healthy

Pumpkins are not only nostalgic for fall, they also have health benefits. Plain pumpkin is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Its also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and copper. While I find it far easier to use pumpkin puree from the can, if you have time, you can bake a fresh pumpkin and then mash it to get the same results. I have made this pie with canned and fresh pumpkin and find the canned version to be just as good. If you choose to use fresh pumpkin, save the seeds and roast them separately. Place them in a single layer in a broil pan or cookie sheet. Lightly salt them and roast them on a low broil setting for about 8 minutes. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of nutritional value. In addition, they are a fun snack to munch on.

The Best Gluten Free Flour

Namaste has the best gluten free four on the market!
Namaste has the best gluten free four on the market! | Source

Using Non Wheat Flour

Baking gluten free foods can seem like a daunting task until you get the hang of it. Gluten plays an important role in breads and baked goods. It provides elasticity in dough and helps it to rise and to keep its shape. It often gives the final product a chewy texture. When you remove wheat flour from a recipe, it is difficult to substitute with ingredients that give you the same result. Frequently, all purpose flour is substituted with a combination of rice flour, tapioca starch, potato flour, xanthan gum and other ingredients. I have found it hard to mix this concoction successfully. I have tried several gluten free flour mixes that produce excellent results in recipes that call for All Purpose Flour. My favorite gluten free flours are:

  1. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
  2. Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  3. King Arthur's Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

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Pumpkin Pie is a Traditional Thanksgiving Dessert

Turkey and pumpkin pie go together
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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We just scooped out the pumpkins last night, and now all we have to do is make the crust. Great suggestions here; I do believe the timing is right for us to try this. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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      icmn91 4 years ago from Australia

      We make pumpkin pie too. While we've managed to get the filling right, it's (as you say) the pastry that remains the holy grail of GF baking. I'll check out your pie crust reviews!!

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      LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      billybuc, I am sure your homemade pie will taste delicious! Don't forget to roast the pumpkin seeds too for an extra snack. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. I am thankful for your many heart warming hubs.

      icmn91, I don't know if you can get products by Wholly Wholesome in Australia, but that is the best gluten free pie crust! It is flaky and has great flavor.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      This is a great recipe for those who are gluten-free! It doesn't seem to take out the flavor of the traditional pumpkin pie, based on the ingredients list I see.

      Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Jolly useful! I can buy gluten free flour in my local health food shop - but don't think I have ever seen a ready made crust.

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and sharing this.

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      LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Practical- you are correct--this pie is full of flavor! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

      2patricias- if you can't find a ready made gluten free crust, you can use your regular pie crust recipe, but substitute wheat flour for gluten free flour. There are several products available. Thanks for sharing!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Gluten free doesn't have to mean flavor free, as you're proving with this recipe. Pumpkin pie is always one of my favorite desserts this time of year.

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      Simon Cook 4 years ago from NJ, USA

      Oooh great hub - another excuse to make Pumpkin Pies out of season. It's amazing what you can make even though you exclude gluten - it looks very tasty and I may have to try this for Christmas!

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      Marilyn 2 years ago from Nevada

      We love Pumpkin Pie! I was not aware there is gluten free, frozen pie shells available! I'm going to check out a couple of local stores for some. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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      LauraGSpeaks 2 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Hi Marilyn! There are more and more gluten free options in grocery stores and restaurants. I am so glad there are more options out there. I hope you find some gluten free pie crusts in your area!

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      Beth Collins 2 years ago from Ohio

      I used this recipe to make my first pumpkin pie. Scratch was more fun. I do have a question. Does pumpkin in a an have gluteen or other perservitives?

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      LauraGSpeaks 2 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Hi Bethleannie, If the canned pumpkin says "Pure Pumpkin" in the ingredients, then that is all it is. If it is a pumpkin pie filling it may have other ingredients in it. Libby's canned Pumpkin is gluten free.

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