Housemade Crust and All: Here's a Step-By-Step Recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie

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This homemade pumpkin pie couldn't be easier to make, and it tastes a lot better than one made from a can.
There's perhaps no dessert that feels more "fall" than pumpkin pie. Better yet? Homemade pumpkin pie. So we're sharing a step-by-step recipe that's easy to follow and whose end product is even easier to devour.

Here's how to make it:

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For starters, you'll need a sugar pumpkin.

For the crust*

  • 1¼ cup flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 tbsp ice water, plus more if needed
  • Secret ingredient: 1 tsp cider vinegar (helps prevent the formation of gluten, which can make for a tough crust)

    Note: All ingredients, especially the butter, should be very, very cold (you can even freeze the flour for a bit). This is the key to a flaky crust; it ensures that the butter won't melt during mixing.

    *crust recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

    Of course, if 100 percent homemade's not your thing, a store-bought pie crust will do just fine.

    For the filling

  • 1 4-lb sugar pumpkin (makes about 2 cups pumpkin puree) or 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest

    For the whipped topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

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    My Voice Nation Help

    If you're going to go through the trouble of making this, please, please do yourself the favor of using an actual pumpkin.  The stuff out of a can isn't bad and certainly most of the pies I've had have used canned pumpkin. However, you get a much nicer texture and flavor - surprise - going the less processed route.

    MadMac topcommenter

    You're a nice lady. I see multiple errors I've made in the past which I plan to rectify this go-round.

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