A slice of pumpkin pie is the sweetest way to end a hearty Thanksgiving feast. We’ll show you how to treat your guests—and yourself—to a delicious helping of our fan-favorite Pumpkin Pie, served with a delicious dollop of homemade whipped cream. The best part? It can be made ahead of time, so you can keep your eye on the bird.
If you’ve never made a pie from scratch before, our prize-winning pumpkin is a great one to start with. All you’ll need are a few simple kitchen utensils and ingredients. While this recipe calls for canned pumpkin puree, you can also make your own with store-bought pumpkins. We’ll walk you through both steps so you can choose whichever way you prefer.
A Brief History of Pumpkin Pie
Before we get in to baking our scrumptious pumpkin pies, it’s worthwhile to note that the humble pumpkin has come a long way over time. The cultivation of pumpkins dates back to 5,500 BC in Central America, and pumpkins were one of the first foods the Europeans brought to the new world. They soon became among England’s favorite pie-making ingredients, pairing with spices and sweetened milk and sometimes being served without a crust. By around the 18th century, however, Thanksgiving had become an important American holiday, and traditional pumpkin pies as we know them today began to earn their place at the holiday table.
While pumpkin pie is often beloved for being an indulgent treat, pumpkin itself is actually extremely nutritious. Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as magnesium and iron. Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision, and Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is required for the proper function of many organs in the body. Magnesium acts to regulate blood pressure, and iron is essential for hemoglobin formation. So while we may not be able to get away with eating pie every day (we wish!) the actual pumpkin found in this Thanksgiving dessert does offer up a few hidden health benefits.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie from Scratch
To make your pumpkin pie, you’ll just need a few simple ingredients and tools. You’ll also need to make sure the pie has at least 2 hours of cooling time before serving—a nice excuse to make this ahead of time!
What you’ll need:
- Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie
- Small bowl
- Pie pan
- Large bowl
- Wire whisk
1. Pour flour, oil and ½ teaspoon salt into a bowl and mix with a fork.