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Pumpkin Pie

Updated on November 21, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

As pretty to look at as it is good to eat, pumpkin cream cheese pie is a step above the classic.
As pretty to look at as it is good to eat, pumpkin cream cheese pie is a step above the classic.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Nothing is more evocative of fall and the holidays than pumpkin pie. It's the first dish most kids associate with Thanksgiving, and quite probably the only time they'll voluntarily eat squash of any kind. Silky, warm and filling, it's a comfort food worthy of its place on the top of everyone's lists.

Pumpkin Pie is a custard pie - meaning that a liquid filling is poured into a partially baked pie shell and baked until the filling has set. The richness comes from the eggs and cream cheese.The 'set' of the custard during baking is due to the eggs.

You can certainly use a prepackaged pie crust, although the link in the recipe explains how to make one from scratch, and it only takes a moment. You can use a graham cracker crust as well - the flavor of the pumpkin is wonderful. Whatever you'd like - this is a pretty forgiving pie. Just try not to over bake it - you want to pull it when the very center is still just a little wobbly. The pie will finish baking with carryover cooking once you pull it from the oven.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie Recipe - Ingredients

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie Recipe - Ingredients

  • 1 recipe all-butter pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar - vanilla sugar is wonderful if you have it
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie Recipe - Instructions

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie Recipe - Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F°. Place pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork, and bake for just at 7 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and flour and beat well. Remove 1/2 cup of this mixture and set aside.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients except milk to the cream cheese mixture in the mixing bowl and mix well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you work. The mixture should be very smooth. Pour into the pre-baked pie crust.
  4. Add the milk to the reserved cream cheese mixture and stir until smooth. Drop it in dollops over the pumpkin mixture. Using a butter knife, draw s-shapes in the top of the pie.
  5. Bake at 375F° for about 40 minutes, or until the pie is just set in the center. Check halfway through. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the edges with foil.
  6. Place pie on a rack to cool completely before serving.

Beat Cream Cheese

Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add sugar and flour and beat until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture before adding the remaining ingredients.
Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add sugar and flour and beat until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture before adding the remaining ingredients.

Set Aside Some of the Cream Cheese

Set aside 1/2 cup of the cream cheese mixture. You'll use this to make the marbling on the top of the pie.
Set aside 1/2 cup of the cream cheese mixture. You'll use this to make the marbling on the top of the pie.

Pre-bake the Pie Crust

Prick the bottom of the pie crust with a fork, and bake it empty for just a few minutes. This helps set the crust and makes sure it holds when filled.
Prick the bottom of the pie crust with a fork, and bake it empty for just a few minutes. This helps set the crust and makes sure it holds when filled.

Add Remaining Ingredients

Once setting aside a bit of the cream cheese mixture, add all remaining ingredients except the milk and mix until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you work.
Once setting aside a bit of the cream cheese mixture, add all remaining ingredients except the milk and mix until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you work.

Pour into Pre-Baked Pie Crust

Pour pumpkin mixture into the pre-baked pie crust and set aside. You're ready for the marbling - that's the fun part!
Pour pumpkin mixture into the pre-baked pie crust and set aside. You're ready for the marbling - that's the fun part!

Mix Cream Cheese Mixture with the Milk

Add a tablespoon of milk to the reserved cream cheese mixture and stir until smooth.
Add a tablespoon of milk to the reserved cream cheese mixture and stir until smooth.

Drop the Cream Cheese Mixture onto the Pumpkin

Drop the milk and cream cheese mixture onto the top of the pumpkin pie. Spread them out - this will create the pretty marbling on top of the finished pie.
Drop the milk and cream cheese mixture onto the top of the pumpkin pie. Spread them out - this will create the pretty marbling on top of the finished pie.

Marble the Top With a Knife

Draw a knife through the cream cheese in an 's' shaped pattern several times to create the marbling.
Draw a knife through the cream cheese in an 's' shaped pattern several times to create the marbling.

Bake at 375F for 40 Minutes

Bake the pie for approximately 40 minutes, or until set in the center, and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Bake the pie for approximately 40 minutes, or until set in the center, and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Allow the Pie to Cool Completely

All the pie to cool completely before serving. We prefer it at room temperature, or even chilled.
All the pie to cool completely before serving. We prefer it at room temperature, or even chilled.

Serve with Whipped Cream - or Alone!

Check out the Quick Tutorial!

How to Make Vanilla Sugar

© 2010 Jan Charles

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      CYBERSUPE 

      7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Hi again Dixie, just had to comment on this Hub because pumpkin pie is on top of my list. A winner. Thanks

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