1. Mix the flour, spices, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

  2. Add the sugar and pumpkin, blending thoroughly.

  3. Stir in the syrup and milk. Allow the mixture to rest for 30 to 60 minutes at room temperature; or up to overnight in the refrigerator, if desired; this allows the flavors to meld, and will make the filling smoother.

  4. Add the beaten eggs, whisking till combined.

  5. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Cover the edge of the crust with a crust shield, or aluminum foil.

  6. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

  7. Place the pie on the bottom rack of your oven, and bake it for 15 minutes.

  8. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F, move the pie to the middle rack, and bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes, or until the temperature at the center is at least 175°F, and a knife inserted 1" from the edge comes out moist, but clean.

  9. Remove the pie from the oven, and cool to room temperature (or chill) before serving. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Why the range of spices? So you can match the pie to your audience's taste. Canadians seem to like their pumpkin pies spicy. Americans seem to prefer a blander pie, one where the flavor of pumpkin shines through.
  • Want to temper the sweetness of this pie by reducing its sugar? See how in our blog article, How to reduce sugar in pie.

  • Interested in a make-and-freeze pie crust base (just add water and roll) good for multiple pies? See our blog post, Make-ahead pie crust.