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The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe (Surprise Ingredient)

Your search for the Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe ends here. This is hands-down the best pumpkin pie recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen. You have to taste it for yourself.

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Pumpkin Pie

Happy Halloween, Friends.

So I promised we’d be back to all things pumpkin this week, and I’m here to deliver on that. Never break a promise 😉

We’re doing it Go Big or Go Home style with today’s recipe – we’re Going Big, of course. You’ve already loved on these pumpkin snickerdoodles and pumpkin pie coffeecake (huzzah, pumpkin for breakfast!)

Today we’re going back to the classics: pumpkin pie. Actually, the best pumpkin pie recipe that’s been kitchen tested and re-tested.

Everyone’s got a favorite pumpkin pie recipe. We’ve devoured our share of pumpkin pies, from restaurants to bakeries to homemade pies. We’ve baked more than our share of pies.

We’re here to confirm that this mouthwatering version adapted from American’s Test Kitchen is indeed the best pumpkin pie recipe ever…

Pumpkin Pie Surprise Ingredient

We start off with all the goodness of pure, whole ingredients like milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, and of course plenty of pumpkin.

As always, we’re not shy with the autumn spices. Pour in the maple syrup and sprinkle on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Guaranteed, your house will smell simply delicious.

The surprise ingredient here is the inclusion of canned sweet yams. For reals and really. It helps create a wonderfully balanced texture and flavor that can’t be beat. You’ll pretty much go half-half with the pumpkin and yams. The result is nothing short of marvelous.

The only thing is, as with most pies: you have to let it cool completely to fully set. Yes, that means people can’t dig in when they see your perfect pumpkin pie coming out of the oven. Stand your ground and make them wait until your pie has fully cooled and set. Once it’s at room temp, you can keep it chilled until ready to serve.

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Why you’ll love this pie

  • It’s thick, velvety, rich, and smooth
  • It’s loaded with plenty of fall spices so every bite is bursting with flavor
  • The yams provide a boost of flavor and texture that can’t be beat
  • Only pure, whole ingredients go into this pie
  • You can make this perfect pumpkin pie ahead of time; just chill and serve
  • The flaky butter crust is incredible.

Here’s to Going Big with a thick slice of luscious, smooth, velvety best pumpkin pie.

With flaky, tender, all-butter crust if you dare. Enjoy.

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The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Your search for the Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe ends here. This is hands-down the best pumpkin pie recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen. You have to taste it for yourself.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Yield: 1 deep dish, 9-inch pie 1x


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs plus 2 large yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 15-ounce can sweet yams, drained
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 prepared pie crust (homemade preferred)
  • Other: Deep dish pie pan


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, and place rimmed baking sheet on the rack.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk cream, milk, eggs, yolks, and vanilla together; set aside.
  3. In a large, heavy pan (not nonstick): combine pumpkin puree, yams, sugar, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Bring to low boil over medium heat, 5-7 min. Continue simmering and stirring constantly while mashing yams against sides of pot with a fork until mixture is thick and smooth (10-15 min.)
  4. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in cream mixture until fully incorporated and smooth without clumps.
  5. Place prepared pie crust in a deep dish 9-inch pie plate. Flute edges as desired. Remove heated baking sheet from oven; carefully place pie on the preheated baking sheet. Pour the filling into the crust, and bake for 10 minutes at 400° F. Without taking the pie out of the oven, reduce the heat to 300° F, and continue baking until edges of pie are set (instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 175° F), 45-55 minutes longer. The center may look firm but jiggle slightly; it will firm upon cooling. *Actual cook time depends on your specific oven.
  6. Transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature and not in the refrigerator to ensure that the filling sets, at least 3 hours depending on room temp. Cut into wedges and serve at room temperature or chilled with whipped cream.


As always, actual cook time depends on your oven. 

Be sure to give this pie plenty of time to cool at moderate room temp or chill in fridge to allow it to fully set.

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin pie

Kitchen Stuff We Love:

All the Pretty Pumpkins:

  1. The BEST ever New York Style Pumpkin Cheesecake – they’ll claim it’s better than restaurants!

2. Pumpkin Pasties (Hand Pies) – these aren’t just for Potter fans.

3. Autumn Pumpkin Cornbread – such a great twist on an old favorite.

4. Pumpkin Spice Trifle – easy and feeds a huge crowd!

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