Maine Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I was talking to my 100 year old Nana on the phone yesterday and shared my Thanksgiving menu. She told me that she has never had pumpkin pie! She explained that she's an apple pie girl. I was the same way, which makes sense since no one in my family ever served it to me, until I had my first ever pumpkin pie last year and loved it. Wayne's family is coming over tomorrow so I have been busy baking and definitely will be offering a pumpkin pie.

For this recipe I initially picked three different pumpkin pie recipes from my vintage Maine cookbooks and created my own adaptation inspired by selections from each. Next, I baked a total of four test pies, each tinkered with to improve upon the previous pie. I guess we'll be eating pie for a while but fortunately they can be frozen!

Maine Pumpkin Pie

16 oz unsweetened pumpkin puree (170 calories)
2/3 cup organic sugar (550 calories)
2 large eggs (140 calories)
1 cup heavy cream (820 calories)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
9" pie crust, not deep dish (calories vary)

Place the pumpkin puree, water, sugar, salt and spices in a bowl and mix. Beat eggs by hand in a separate bowl, add the cream to the eggs and beat again before adding to the pumpkin mix. Mix by hand until blended. Gently pour into an unbaked 9" pie crust avoiding the creation of bubbles. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for fifteen minutes, then at 350 for another 45 minutes. When it's ready a toothpick comes out clean. Let the pie cool thoroughly before serving and avoid sudden temperature changes while it's still hot to avoid cracking. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. Makes eight servings with 210 calories each or ten with about 170 each not including your pie crust.

Wayne and I think this pie is DELICIOUS and definitely decadent. It's creamy, not overly sweet and has just enough spice! I also made some pie filling in ramekins. It's really good even without a crust.

What are your Thanksgiving plans for pie?


  1. Oh, it looks and sounds wonderful, Averyl! Wayne is one lucky guy! :) I've ordered two pumpkins and a pecan from one of our local family-owned markets. My favorite is Machado's, whose orchards were featured in the movie "Phenomenon", with John Travolta. Someone else is bringing apple and also cherry (my favorite pie, but have never had on Thanksgiving). Have a wonderful holiday!

    1. Thank you, Lois and the same to you! Your pie plan sounds dreamy!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Averyl!

    Thanks so much for sharing that delicious sounding recipe. Pumpkin pie is pretty easy to make from scratch. I've made a few in my life, but never used real cream (usually evaporated milk). It sounds silky and divine. :-) I'm saving this recipe to try soon!

    Have a wonderful holiday. Stay warm!


    1. Thank you! We had some pie for breakfast and the turkey is in the oven in our toasty home. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Oh YUM!! We had a sweet potato- molasses pie with whipped heavy cream. New favorite.


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