How to Make Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

While the turkey often takes center stage on Thanksgiving, for the sweet tooths at the table, it’s likely all about the most-anticipated final course: dessert — in particular, the rich, creamy pumpkin pie. With a buttery crust and spiced pumpkin filling, this tried-and-true indulgence in a holiday staple, and with the help of a go-to recipe, it’s one you can surely make easily at home.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

Learn the basics of Food Network Kitchen’s Pumpkin Pie recipe below, then check out the complete gallery for the rest of the how-to.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Build the Base

Ensure a light, flavorful crust by incorporating cold butter into the flour. Your hands will get the job done, but if you’d prefer to use a food processor, that’s A-OK as well.

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Seeing Circles

Once the dough has chilled, roll it out into a large circle until it’s about 1/8 inch thick.

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Initial Bake

Blind-baking the dough helps the crust turn golden brown, and it ensures the bottom of the pie won’t turn soggy once you add the filling. If you don’t have pie weights on hand, just use dried beans to weigh down the crust to guarantee a level base.

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Fill It Up

Be sure to opt for unsweetened pumpkin puree when making this filling, then mix it with warm, fragrant spices and brown sugar to achieve a traditional taste. Pour the batter into the cooled pie crust, and bake for the last time.

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