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Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

Updated on November 2, 2017

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Whipped cream made from linked recipe.
Whipped cream made from linked recipe.

In our house Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie baked by my grandfather. My mom and dad made the rest of the meal but he was the king of flaky crust and pumpkin pies. His recipe wasn't all that different from anyone else's. The whole secret to his pie baking was his crust. To this day, I judge a pie by the crust and if it's flaky and has a good taste.


  • 1-3/4 cups prepared pumpkin (he used canned)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1-2/3 cups evaporated milk (2 cans)
  • 2 beaten eggs

Add the ingredients in the order above and blend well after each addition. Pour into prepared shell.

Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and continue baking for an additional 35 minutes or until pie filling is set. Insert a knife into the middle and if it comes out clean the pie is done.

pumpkin pie squares with dollop of whipped cream and nuts
pumpkin pie squares with dollop of whipped cream and nuts

Serving Hints and Alternatives

After the pie has cooled, it can be served with whipped cream or chopped nuts.

As an alternative, this can be made in a square pan using a graham cracker crust for easier serving at holiday events. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with chopped nuts.


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