Here, Dumas shares her personal recipe for the seasonal pie that flies off her shelves this time of year.
What you’ll need:
- One 15-ounce can of fresh pumpkin puree (Dumas likes Libby’s)
- ¼ cup of evaporated or whole milk
- 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 1¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon fine kosher salt or fine pink Himalayan salt (Dumas prefers the balanced tone of Himalayan salt)
- 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (this gives a pop of freshness that pre-ground nutmeg won’t)
- ⅛ teaspoon ground clove
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Pie crust, either homemade or store-bought, par-baked and cooled
For the crust:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Whether using a homemade or uncooked pie crust, prick the bottom with a fork to allow steam to escape. Fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Crimp and cover the edges with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for six minutes. Allow to completely cool before filling.
To make the pie:
Whisk together the evaporated or whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla, and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine all the spices, salt, and cornstarch and set aside.
Scoop the pumpkin puree into the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment. Fold in three of the four eggs and the milk mixture. Whip it until well combined.
Add the brown sugar and the spice and cornstarch mixture and beat until fine. It will be liquidy but don’t worry, that’s what you want.
In a small bowl, whisk the remaining egg with one tablespoon of milk to make an egg wash.
Place the cooled crust onto a baking sheet large enough to catch any drippings. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Next, brush the edges of the crust with the egg wash. Finally, cover the edges with aluminum foil. This helps prevent the exposed edges from burning while the pie cooks.
Now comes the hardest part, Dumas warns. Carefully move the baking sheet with the pie from the counter into the preheated oven. If any of the filling spills onto the crust, remove it by gently dabbing it off with a wet paper towel.
Bake for an hour, checking it at 50 minutes. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. At that point, remove the aluminum foil from the exposed edges and bake for another 5 minutes to give it a rich golden brown color.
Remove the pie from the oven and place it on a heat-safe counter surface and allow it to cool to room temperature. Allow the pie to completely cool before putting it into the fridge otherwise, the filling will seize up, shrink, and pull away from the edges. Store it in the fridge overnight.
Bring the pie out at least an hour before serving. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or fresh whipped cream.