Saturday, November 5, 2011

Little Susie Home Maker's Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Can you think about Thanksgiving without thinking about Pumpkin Pie? I know I can't.  It is probably the most popular Thanksgiving dessert. Yes, the Pumpkin Pie is famous. So, I wonder just what is the perfect one? Is it the one Grandma used to make? Is it Mama's special touch? Maybe Uncle Joe's was the best, but don't forget the great cook books, or bakeries. Now many people love canned pumpkin, and there is the completely from scratch group. Who can turn down the throw in the oven frozen kind? I have also come to realize that the Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, can be a matter of great baking contests! You know the kind of competition, I am talking about. Who will get boasting rights this year? Some people believe that, if you you want it done right, you have to make it yourself. Others, believe that someone else can provide it, and that's the best way to go.

Here is my answer to this perfect pie. I truly believe that the best Pumpkin Pie, is the one shared with family and friends. The pie is a back drop to wonderful memories, and a delight to your palette and a comfort to your tummy. This is what forms my favorite pumpkin pie. It's the memories. We share these memories and make new ones every year with the Pumpkin Pie! Memories of the one that we laughed about which I made with my niece when she was only two, and she dumped a heap of cinnamon into the mix, it was great! The first one I cooked for my dear parents to enjoy, and hopefully to critique it well! Maybe, I can remember my nerves from my first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner, and the pie we shared together. Actually, every single pie that has ever been served with love from my mom, and the special crust from my dad; these are very warm memories with pumpkin pie. My mom remembers the one year that I carved out tiny maple leaves from the crust and carefully arranged them around the edge of the pie crust, with a large maple leaf shape baked in the middle of the pie. It sure was pretty! Thanks, Momma. I won't forget serving pumpkin pie to my Grandpa when I was younger, feeling I could take credit for his happiness, just for serving him a slice!

I can't choose a favorite Pumpkin Pie, but I can sure stir up some beautiful memories when I try! That's really it, the beautiful memories of the thanks we shared with our loved ones over the years, and those to come. That is what makes this pie so special. Thank You Heavenly Father for our wonderful Pumpkin Pie memories!

Just in case you do need a Pumpkin Pie Recipe, Here is one you can borrow from me with my pleasure. I pray that you can serve your Pumpkin Pie this year with lots of warm memories.

 Little Susie Home Maker's Favorite Pumpkin Pie

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 11/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs (Farm fresh if available)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 425° F
MIX  the first six dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a large separate bowl, beat the eggs with a wire whip until smooth.  Add pumpkin and stir, carefully adding in the dry ingredients mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk using wisk or a hand mixer.

POUR into a prepared pie shell.
BAKE in oven for 15 minutes at 425° F then reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for another 45 minutes until done. Pie is done when knife inserted near center comes out clean. 
COOL completely for 2 hours on wire rack. 
SERVE with you favorite whipped cream and enjoy with your dearest ones!

Share the Memories!
Little Susie Home Maker


  1. Hi! Thanks for posting that recipe, I've been wanting to try to make my own I will try your recipe. You have a delightful blog. I read a few of the older posts. I really got a chuckle over the chicken sweater...LOL! I have a neighbor that I just know would put sweaters on her sweet hens if she could get them. Thanks for being my new follower. I'm yours too!

  2. Wow, I made almost the exact same pie today! In fact, I'm writing up the post for it right now. I found it on another site, and it is delicious, just as this one would be. Not to sweet and full of spicy goodness, it's a winner. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  3. love your post! thanks for sharing...loves soraya

  4. I love pumpkin pie and although we don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here.. I will give your recipe a try! Thanks :)

  5. Hi Susie
    I like that recipe it sounds good. I use the one off the can. My mom used her grandma's recipe and it had molasses in it, my kids did not like it, I didn't either, so I started using the one off Libby's canned pumpkin and I have been using it actually since I was 16 when I made it for a boyfriend. Yes I did. I cooked exactly 15 minutes. I didn't read past that part of the directions where you turn down the heat and continue cooking! LOL! I think it would be fun to try other people's pumpkin pie instead of my own, but I am the family cook.


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