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Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie

Updated on July 13, 2014

Your Family Will Love This Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie!

Grandma's Pumpkin Pie! This is a vintage recipe for a homemade pumpkin pie sweetened with brown sugar! Just like Grandma made!

This was my Aunt Madaline's recipe for Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie. A more delicious pie there never was! Oh my, is it ever good!

You can make this with either fresh or canned pumpkin. Either way, you and your loved ones are going to love it!

This is a special pumpkin pie recipe that definitely stands apart from the rest!

I hope you will try my Aunt Madaline's Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie and let me know what you think!

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Ingredients Needed for Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups strained pumpkin, either fresh cooked and strained or canned
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Directions for Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie

Step 1 - Mix together the brown sugar, flour, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2 - Add the pumpkin, molasses and butter, and blend thoroughly.

Step 3 - Beat the eggs slightly and add them to the mixture, together with the milk.

Step 4 - Pour the mixture into a pastry-lined pie pan.

Step 5 - Spoon a thin covering of milk onto the top of the pie to form a nice glaze while baking.

Step 6 - Bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes. When it is done, an inserted knife should come out clean.

This vintage recipe was originally published in the Courier-Journal Magazine on November 12, 1950. Aunt Madaline saved the original clipping.

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Thank you for visiting! I hope you like this Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie recipe. - Please tell us about your favorite pumpkin pie recipe!

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    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What an appealing old fashioned recipe for pumpkin pie

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Not a big fan of pumpkin pie but the recipe's still a keeper just in case I want to make one for others :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I won't be baking a pumpkin pie this year because I'm the only one who eats it in my house, so a lot goes to waste. But this recipe sure makes my mouth water, and if I can manage it, maybe I'll sneak one in just the same. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie but I do love the flavor of brown sugar. Sounds good!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I have never had pumpkin pie - we tend to use our pumpkins for savoury rather than sweet dishes. My favourite way to use pumpkin is in a creamy soup

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I like the sound of the one above!

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      6 years ago

      Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie and I do make it for myself year around. I prefer fresh pumpkin, but will use canned if need be. However, I do not make my own crust anymore, as it is just so much easier to buy ready-made pie crust.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I love the name of this pie.....Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie. Makes me want to dance a little jig or something. ha :)

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      7 years ago

      One of my fav pies. I make it all year, not just for Thanksgiving.

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      7 years ago

      looks yummy!!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I could have used this recipe when we were in Australia with no American cookbook on hand. Had to guess at the recipe and carve up a huge Austrailian pumpkin and cook it from scratch.

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      7 years ago

      Pumpkin Pie is one of my favorites. I will be trying out this recipe very soon. I have never made it with fresh pumpkin, but I think I can do it now. Great lens! Thanks


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