Everyone knows fall is the best time of the year. The weather is perfect, the food is better (who can complain about all the pumpkin-flavored things that exist?), and Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner!

Arguably the most classic fall dessert out there is none other than a pumpkin pie—I mean, who doesn't love pumpkin pie? Every year people will bust out festive pies from just a can of pumpkin, but I think we need to change that!

All of fall's beauty can be encapsulated in a pumpkin, so let's see just how easy it is to turn a fresh pumpkin right from the patch into the best pumpkin pie your family will ever taste.

  • Prep Time:2 hrs
  • Cook Time:1 hr
  • Total Time:3 hrs
  • Servings:8
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar or to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon clove
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 sticks cold unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Photo By Tommy Galfano
Photo By Tommy Galfano

Step 1

Gather ingredients and preheat oven to 350ºF.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 2

Cut pumpkin in half, remove stems and scrape out seeds and pulp.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 3

Cover the pumpkin in foil and bake for 1.5 hours, or until tender.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 4

Take pumpkin out of the oven and let cool.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 5

Scrape out the pumpkin flesh and place into a bowl and mash into a smooth puree.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 6

Add the heavy cream, melted butter, and brown sugar to the pumpkin puree, and mix well.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 7

Beat in eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 8

Now for the crust, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 9

Cut butter into cubes and lay on top of the flour mixture.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 10

Cut butter into the flour mixture to form a crumbly mixture.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 11

Add the cold water and mix together with a spatula until it forms a ball.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 12

Allow dough to rest in fridge for at least one hour. Then roll out the dough on a cutting board.

#SpoonTip: Put flour on both sides of the dough to prevent sticking!
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 13

Lay crust in pie dish, trim edges with a knife. Poke holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 14

Fill the crust with your pie filling.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 15

Bake pie at 350°F for about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, or until the middle is set.
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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 16

Allow pie to cool, slice it up, and enjoy!
Photo by Tommy Galfano
Photo by Tommy Galfano