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Video:Classic Pumpkin Pie

with Heidi Dehncke-Fisher

One of fall's favorite recipes, pumpkin pie is the perfect dessert to top off hearty autumn dinners or holidays like Thanksgiving. Learn how to make classic pumpkin pie with a homemade pie crust.See Transcript

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Transcript:Classic Pumpkin Pie

Hi, I'm Heidi Dehncke-Fisher and welcome to About.com Food. Today I am making the classic American favorite dessert for Thanksgiving - pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie History

Pumpkins were plentiful when the settlers first came to America but it took a number of years for the pumpkin in a pie creation to actually make it to the holiday feast table.

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

To make classic American pumpkin pie, you will need ingredients for both the crust and filling.

For the crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

For the filling:

  • 2 eggs plus the yolk of a 3rd egg
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

Make the Pumpkin Pie Crust

First we need to make the crust. You can also buy a pre-made crust if you prefer. Mix your flour and salt in a large bowl and work in your butter until a coarse crumbly mixture forms. Moisten flour with water and then shape your dough into a ball and flatten it a little.

Lightly flour your rolling surface and roll out dough to approximately 12 inches, larger than you 9" pie dish. A quick trick to placing dough into a pane accurately is to fold it into quarters and then unfold it on the pan and with the slight border pinch the top to make the classic looking piecrust, then set aside.

Mix the Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine eggs, egg yolk, and brown sugar. Now add salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Gradually stir in cream. Stir in the pumpkin.

Bake the Pumpkin Pie

And now we can pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake for ten minutes in preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and bake for another 40 to 45 minutes, or until the filling is set.

No holiday table is complete without this scrumptious desert favorite. Thanks for watching. To learn more visit us on the Web at food.about.com

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