No autumn culinary adventure is complete without the quintessential Pumpkin Pie gracing your table. This classic recipe adapted from Country Living magazine is a testament to simplicity yielding exceptional rewards. Whether you opt for store-bought or embark on a homemade pie crust, and whether you reach for canned pumpkin or freshly roasted, this recipe promises a velvety, luscious filling that’s sure to delight. And if you’re feeling particularly indulgent, the burnt sugar brulée topping adds a mesmerizing finale. A true holiday favorite that will earn its place on your table year after year.
For the Pie:
- 1 pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
- 1 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin puree
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Brulée Topping (Optional):
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Kitchen torch (for caramelizing)
- Preheat and Prepare:
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place the pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish.
- Prepare the Filling:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the canned pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and salt. Mix until smooth.
- Pour into Pie Crust:
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth the top.
- Bake and Cool:
- Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C) and continue baking for another 35-40 minutes, or until the pie is set. Allow the pie to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Prepare the Brulée Topping (Optional):
- Sprinkle an even layer of granulated sugar on top of the cooled pie. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar until it forms a golden, crispy top.
- Serve and Enjoy:
- Slice and serve the pie, savoring each velvety bite.
- For an extra touch, serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This Best and Easiest Pumpkin Pie is a masterpiece of simplicity and flavor. Whether you top it with a burnt sugar brulée or let its unadorned beauty shine, it’s destined to become a cherished tradition at your holiday gatherings.
Note: Recipe adapted from Country Living magazine.
Disclaimer: Recipe details and measurements are subject to personal preference and dietary restrictions. Adjustments can be made as needed.