Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie
What dessert just screams tradition on the holidays more than a smooth and creamy pumpkin pie? And who has one of the very best recipes for this classic? Libby‘s of course! Their famous pumpkin pie has been a staple dessert for not only my family, but families all over the world.
Pumpkin is so versatile. It is used in soups, breads, cookies and, of course, pies. It is no wonder we have to have it on our holiday table every year.
All in the Prep
Before you go and throw it all together, I advise you to par-bake your crust. This will keep the bottom of the pie firm and not get soggy or have an “uncooked” texture.
To do this, you need to pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Dock the bottom of the crust by poking it with a fork a few times. Pour 1 1/2 cup of uncooked dry beans or rice into the empty pie shell. Make sure the bottom is completely covered.
Bake the empty pie shell for 10 minutes and let cool completely, removing the beans/rice. The crust will not look done. It will be kinda pale. This is what you want.
This is also called blind baking which is used to par-bake or bake completely, depending on what kind of pie you are making. In this case, pumpkin pie is a custard so the bottom of the crust can get really soggy during the baking process if you don’t dock and par-bake the crust first.
Just a Quick Mix
The great thing about custard pies like pumpkin pie is that it is very quick to whip together.
Let’s start by pre-heating your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a small bowl and set the spice mix aside.
In a large bowl, lightly beat your 2 eggs. Now add the pumpkin and spice mix. Gradually pour in the evaporated milk into the pumpkin mix and blend well. Doesn’t that smell amazing? It is no wonder there seems to be pumpkin-spice everything nowadays!
Pour the mix into your par-baked pie crust. Brush the edge of the pie crust with an egg wash made with one egg and a tablespoon of liquid. That can be milk, cream or even water.
Trim the edges of the crust with strips of aluminum foil to keep the edges from burning. Trust me, the edge of the crust will burn during the hour of cooking. Gently (it will slosh like crazy if your not watching closely) set it in the preheated oven. Bake for 15 minutes. This high temp sets the surface of the custard.
Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 40-45 minutes. This slow bakes the rest of the custard from the inside out.
Remember, remove the foil trim around the crust 10 minutes before the pie is done and the edges will be a beautiful golden brown.
Libby’s is a great brand and I have trusted it for years, but I need to point out that many of the generic brands are just as great. Just experiment on which ones take the cake, or in this case, the pie.
I hope all of you will enjoy this holiday season and allow yourselves to overindulge a little. Afterall it is the season and it is oh my gravy good!
Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie
- 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 15 oz can Libby's 100% pure pumpkin
- 1 12 fl oz can evaporated milk
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
Par-baked 9 Inch Deep-dish Pie Crust
- Dock the the bottom of the raw pie shell by poking it with a fork randomly.
- Bake in a 400° pre-heated oven for 10 minutes.
Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie
- Preheat your oven to 425°F.
- Combine the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves in a small bowl and set aside.
- Put eggs in a large bowl and lightly beat them.
- Stir in pumpkin and sugar spice mixture.
- Slowly pour in your evaporated milk and blend well.
- Pour the mixture in a par-baked pie crust. Trim edges with aluminum foil strips to prevent burning.
- Reduce temperature to 350°F and bake for 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (Remove foil from edge 10 minutes before done.)
- Allow to cool on a wire rack for 2 hours before serving.
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