Piesgiving & the Husband’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

One of the best parts of living in the same city as our undergraduate university is the fact that we continue to be surrounded by friends we’ve known for years – some of them for more than a decade. And one of the best traditions to come from our long stint in this city is an annual Piesgiving, hosted by our friends J & N.  This tradition has its roots in a meatball cook-off nine years ago, and has since evolved into less of a competition and more of an excuse to get together before Thanksgiving and stuff our faces with pie instead of dinner.

As soon as bright orange cans of pumpkin start gracing the grocery store shelves, the Husband starts slowly, and then more incessantly, requesting pumpkin pie.  I have been making him one of these at least once a year for the past 7 or 8 years, sometimes tweaking the recipe, sometimes making a homemade crust, and sometimes combining with other ingredients, such as sweet potato.  The original (from the back of a can!), though, tends to be the favorite.  This year, I was majorly excited to use my new pie crust shield (thanks, wedding registry!).  The look of sheer joy and delight on his face makes it worth it every time, despite the fact that I don’t even like pumpkin pie.  Now that’s love.  He just has to share with the rest of the Piesgiving crew.

Husband’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin filling)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked and unsweetened pie crust, brought to room temperature (can make your own, use a graham cracker crust, whatever you prefer)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Roll out the pie crust in a 9 inch or so pie dish.  (Do not prick the crust).
  3. Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl.  In a separate, large bowl, beat the eggs together and then stir in pumpkin, the spice mixture, and the evaporated milk.
  4. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the pie dish; you may have a bit of extra.  Don’t overfill the crust or it may bubble into your oven and likely burn…setting your fire alarm off…(not that this has ever happened…).  If not using a crust shield, cover the crusts with aluminum foil before you stick it in the oven (this is so you don’t burn yourself later!).
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
  6. Take the pie out, and if using a crust shield, now’s a good time to place it over the pie crust.  Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and return the pie to the oven to bake for another 40-50 minutes, depending on your oven.
  7. Cool for about two hours and serve warm OR cold (the Husband prefers his cold, for breakfast).
pie for all
pie for all

A Note About Menu Planning This Week:

While it feels good to be back in the kitchen again, I’m taking off for a work trip on Tuesday afternoon…which means there’s no menu plan for this week.  (Caveat: the Husband has a plan that involves lots of Italian – pizza, pasta, and stromboli, which I hope he’ll post as his work schedule allows).

That being said, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen this weekend, and so I’ll be updating recipes on here throughout the week.


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