7 Tips for the Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Fall is one of our favorite times of year. With the colorful leaves, the crisp refreshing air, and the sights and sounds of the holidays popping up, there’s a lot to love. If you are anything like us, as soon as we turn the calendar over to November 1, we begin indulging in some of the holidays finest offerings, including pumpkin pie. The sweet and spicy dessert with its creamy filling and crunchy, buttery crust is undeniably one of the most popular Thanksgiving traditions. Whether you prefer it warm or cold, with or without whip cream on top, you can’t help but look forward to that first bite.
Why not fill your house with the smells of the season by taking a crack at your own pumpkin pie. The aromatic spices of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon are just strong enough that they will leave your home smelling like the holidays all day long. What a way to welcome your out-of-town guests or some old friends for a visit.
So how exactly do you bake an incredible pumpkin pie? Pull out your family’s favorite pumpkin pie recipe and try these 7 insider tips to help your pumpkin pie rise above the rest this year.
1. Heat Things Up
Always preheat your oven. Don’t forget this step! Go ahead and turn it on as you begin to mix up your ingredients. The standard oven takes about 15 minutes to heat up to 350 degrees, the perfect temperature for a golden brown pie crust. Baking times will vary, but a good place to start is about 45-50 minutes.
2. Add an Extra Layer of Support
Place your pie pan on a cookie sheet before placing in the oven. This will not only help brown the bottom of the crust, but it will also help support the pie as you take it out of the oven.
3. Brush on the Gold
To ensure your pie crust has that warm, golden hue and to add a slight shine to the crust, lightly brush the edges with milk or an egg wash before baking. For a quick and simple wash, whisk one whole egg with about 2 Tablespoons of milk or water. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat your crust. Make sure you don’t allow the crust to get soggy or the wash to run down in between the crust and your pie dish.
4. Give it a Little TLC
Broken pieces of pie crust dough? No problem! Moisten the broken pieces with a little water and mold them back together. No one will ever know! The egg wash you made also works well for this purpose.
5. Spice Things Up
Pumpkin pie lovers will appreciate nutmeg, ginger, and/or cinnamon added to your filling. For an even more surprising touch, add a little spice to your whip cream too. But remember, a little goes a long way!
6. Don’t Skimp on the Milk
We like to use whole milk when making our pumpkin pie. Sure, it is a few extra calories, but we promise you’ll enjoy the flavor and texture enough to make it worth it. Plus, it’s the holidays, so go ahead and splurge a little!
7. Let it Sit
Keep in mind, baking your pumpkin pie the night before is perfectly fine. This allows all those wonderful flavors to come together in this classic fall treat. Because this is one of those pies that is just as good at room temperature (or even cold!) as it is warm, no one will mind that you chose to get a jump on your baking the night before. After all, we’re all looking for a few extra minutes in the day, especially this time of year!
Baking a pie can sometimes be intimidating for even an experienced baker. But if you follow these simple tips, we’re confident you’ll bake a pie you can be proud to share. Give it a try! What are you waiting for? Practice makes perfect, so go ahead and make one just for your family tonight. We’re pretty sure they won’t mind! If you’d like to order one of our delicious pumpkin pies for your Thanksgiving feast, just give us a call!