The Basics: How to Make Pumpkin Pie
A Thanksgiving holiday classic
From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.
- WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- - a large bowl
- - a whisk
- - a baking sheet
- - a 15-ounce can of pumpkin purée (not pie mix)
- - a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- - two eggs
- - ground cloves
- - ground nutmeg
- - salt
- - ground cinnamon
- - an unbaked 9-inch pie crust (thawed if using a frozen crust)
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (it will take at least 20 minutes to warm up) and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the pumpkin purée, condensed milk, eggs, a pinch of cloves, two pinches of nutmeg, two to three pinches of salt, and four pinches of cinnamon in the bowl and whisk until combined.
2. Dump the pumpkin mixture into the unbaked pie crust.
3. Put the pie on the baking sheet and place it in the oven. Bake until the top starts to brown and the filling is set but still jiggles a little in the center, about 50 to 70 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Makes 8 to 10 servings. See more Thanksgiving Basics.
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