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A Veritable Pumpkin Pie

A Veritable Pumpkin Pie
Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

For some at Thanksgiving--even in the best of circumstances--it's the pie that gives us heartburn. How does one prepare turkey with all the trimmings and turn out picture-perfect pumpkin pies that please even a discriminating Aunt Rena? Ponder this: Last ... Read more

Total time: 1 1/2 hours | Serves 8


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons shortening, chilled
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water

Step 1Use a fork to mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Toss the butter chunks with the flour mixture and chill 10 minutes in the freezer.

Step 2Blend the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips or a pastry cutter until the dough is partly the texture of coarse meal, with some chunks of butter flattened but still whole. When you're three-fourths of the way to this point with the butter, add the shortening, blending it in the same way.

Step 3Using a fork, stir the water into the flour-butter-shortening mixture 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, just until a piece of dough holds together when pressed between your fingers. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, press it into a disk and chill 15 to 30 minutes.

Step 4On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8-to a scant 1/4-inch thickness and fit it into a glass or dull aluminum perforated 9-inch pie pan, guiding the dough downward to hug the sides of the pan. Using scissors, trim the dough to a 1/2-to 3/4-inch overhang. Fold this extension under itself to create a rim. Use the side of your index finger and thumb and the index finger of your other hand to crimp the edges of the dough. Chill or freeze the crust until ready to fill, at least one hour.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Step 1Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Step 2Whisk the eggs until well blended, then add the pumpkin, milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, whisking until well blended. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. (If there is too much filling, pour in the remainder after the pie has baked for 5 to 10 minutes and set slightly.) Bake on the lowest oven rack for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 and bake until the filling is still slightly jiggly in the center, 40 to 45 more minutes. Remove the pie to a cooling rack and cool completely before serving.


  • 1 cup whipping cream

Step 1Whip the cream until soft peaks form, about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with the pie


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