Baking| Perfect Pumpkin Pie … and simple too {#getsmart}

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
Jim Davis

Perfect Pumpkin Pie India is pretty much pumpkin country, the yellow and rather mellow squash that you will find around every nook and corner all year through, a vegetable I looked at rather disdainfully until I made my first Praline Pumpkin Pie 2 years ago. The lad nudges me this time every year to remind me he l♥ves it! This one is for him – a Perfect Pumpkin Pie.Perfect Pumpkin Pie Mentally conditioned by food blogs, lovely pumpkin posts painting the net in a orange hue, I eagerly await fall. It makes me look at the pumpkin in wonder, a rather underestimated veggie, yet one that holds a lot of promise. The beautiful flavour of the pumpkin soup I shared with Jamie in London holds a special connect. It was the company, the atmosphere, the euphoria of that first time we all met. Somewhere in the middle of all this, the humble pumpkin got an even more elevated status in my life!Perfect Pumpkin Pie I made soup last year, and for some silly reason it never got blogged. This pumpkin pie is the result of inspiration out of the blue. I saw a mail in my inbox saying ‘If you had two extra hours in a day, how would you spend it?‘ … and I thought, hmmm, I wonder!Perfect Pumpkin Pie An extra 2 hours for the obsessed baker in me is like an impossible dream. My life seems to run choc-a-bloc morning to night, balancing the fine act of racing through laundry, trying to feed a blog, a brood, a pooch, snatching a few harassed moments to take photographs while the dog is now tall enough to get to table tops {… CUTE as a button too}, grocery {sigh}…and then emails of course!CocoThat thought stayed in my mind while I ran the laundry that morning, and teased me while I went to the vegetable vendor, our fabulous sabziwala. Someone was buying pumpkin and the fellow cut a nice bright one for her. That was my cue!Perfect Pumpkin PieGive me 2 extra hours and watch me bake with joy, bake something to fill home with autumnal aromas, pumpkin gently roasting {of course you can buy it canned as well in the rest of the world, but we know no luxuries of the sort in India!}. Much from scratch with this too, I have never had tomatoes or pumpkin out of a can here. I have read though that fresh roasted pumpkin beats the canned one hands down. Got an extra hour? Roast some!Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Perfect Pumpkin PieI always have tins of condensed milk on hand after having indulged in this absolutely addictive Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream from Perfect Scoop. You need less than an hour to make it, need resolve to keep away from the freezer, and finally 10 minutes to polish it off. But if you can grab those two extra hours, then I recommend you head for pie!
Perfect Pumpkin PieThe verdict was delicious! The terrible teen screwed up her nose and said “Ewwwwwww …. pumpkin!!,” and then predictably went on to ravenously demolish the slice, and ask for another. There was something about it!! The boy lapped it up … it was his on request after all!!Perfect Pumpkin PiePerfect Pumpkin PieThis is a pie right for fall. The filling … silky, smooth and spicy! The crust just right, not too crisp, yet offers a handsome bite, gently teasing the palette with beautiful pistachio flavours and a pleasing texture. I wish I could offer you a slice…it was that good, and it went FAST!

Perfect Pumpkin Pie …with fresh roasted pumpkin puree


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: One 9 inch pie


Perfect Pumpkin Pie …with fresh roasted pumpkin puree

This is a pie right for fall. The filling … silky, smooth and spicy! The crust just right, not too crisp, yet offers a handsome bite, gently teasing the palette with beautiful pistachio flavours and a pleasing texture. {Filling from Eagle -}


Pumpkin puree

600gm pumpkin with peel

2tsp pumpkin pie spice

50gm powdered sugar

Pistachio Pie Crust for 1 9" pie

100gm unsalted butter, chilled, cubed

150gm cups all-purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

50gm pistachios

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-3 tbsp cold water

Pumpkin Pie Filling

440gm roasted pumpkin puree {recipe above}

1 can condensed milk

2 large eggs

1/2 vanilla bean scraped

1/2 teaspoon salt


    Pumpkin puree
  1. Remove seeds etc of pumpkin {I used a long slice}, wrap in foil and bake at 180C for about 45 minutes.
  2. Once warm enough to handle, peel and chop the roasted pumpkin, add pie spice and sugar and puree. I find that the pie spice gets an enhanced flavour in warm puree and matures well.
  3. Yields about 425-440gms of pumpkin puree {approximately 1 15oz can}
  4. Perfect Pie Crust
  5. Blend flour, pistachios, sugar and salt in processor till nuts are ground very fine, {Thermomix: Speed 8, 7 seconds}
  6. Add butter and blend until you get breadcrumb like mix, and then a little more {2-3 seconds}. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time, and process till the dough begins to hold together when you pinch it. {Thermomix Speed 6, 5 seconds}
  7. Turn onto work surface and pat together gently into a ball {donot overwork dough}
  8. Either roll between 2 sheets of baking parchment to line the pie tin, or push into place with your fingertips. Chill for about 30 minutes.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15 minutes. Cool. {I baked mine in the last 15 minutes while the pumpkin was roasting}
  10. Assembling Pie
  11. Preheat oven to 190C. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  12. Reduce oven temperature to 180C and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

And since I had so much extra time, I shot some pictures of out CUTE Coco … she was ‘all eyes’!! Oh to have those extra two hours more often!Coco
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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. You said it Deeba! We have no luxuries such as pumpkin puree or heavy cream in our country, but I guess you can only roast pumpkin and not the puree, so we are GOOD after all:)) (I know this reeks of the case of sour grapes!)
    Two hours extra? Bake more, get some home-made baking ‘mixes’ ready, that’s what I will do! The pie sounds delish, though I have never eaten one…Whoa! What a lengthy comment I wrote!
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  2. Such a beautiful pie, Deeba! Perfect for the season!
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  3. I’m in the search to find the perfect pumpkin pie recipe. This looks very tempting & promising! :) I don’t like using condensed milk so I might substitute that with coconut milk. What do you think?
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  4. Oh, by the way, no canned pumpkin purée in Hungary either! Or actually I saw an imported one (very expensive) in a gourmet store in Budapest. But people don’t know here that there is a canned version… we always roast our pumpkins! :)
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  5. I think I am going to go for it! I am not much of a baker… I am basically too lazy! lol
    But I think it’s going to be worth the effort! Pumpkin pies are all over the blog world and I just have to taste it!
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  6. Indeed, it looks perfect and divine! What a beautiful creation.

    Your puppy is so sweet! He’s growing fast…



  7. Wow. The pie looks yummy. This post can easily work its way in to the masterchef contest too. Best of Luck. Do check out my post too and vote if you like it Aye Zindagi!
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  8. This looks amazing Deeba! I have never tried making pumpkin pie with the fresh puree but you’ve inspired me now. I love roasting it for soups and even used it in lasagna once but always used canned for the pie. Love your doggie btw. We are about to get a puppy next weekend so life should be fairly topsy-turvy for a weeks!
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    • Fairly topsy turvy is putting it mildly Heather. Good luck to you! My word…it’s like a new born baby once again. Back to early morning, toilet training…hungry cries LOL! You remind me I have to make soup soon. Mmmmm

  9. Chinnie says:

    Your Coco is so cute. I have my own too and his name is Luffy. I am currently looking for something to bake and i’ll yours in the list. I’m still confused at the moment.
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  10. I always wondered how to make the perfect pumpkin pie, and now I know! Looks great!

  11. Pumpkin pie..and that’s what I was planning to bake with my lovely orangy pumpkin. I like the filling color and how perfect the slices have come out. Must say your family has lot of patience to wait for and let the pie cool, before slicing it :)
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    • LOL LOL LOL…what they don’t know can’t hurt them S. They know they have to wait, else there won’t be a next time. I am quite the ‘witch’!!

  12. Hmmmm I just made a pumpkin cheesecake for the first time. Never tried a pie before. I shall have to give it a go! Beautiful photos and such a gorgeous blog post Deeba. Love Coco…too cute! Lovely to visit again. I have been away too long! xxx
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    • It’s been ages Colleen; thanks for stopping by. Good weather in SA these days? Thank you for those sweet words. Much love. Catch you on twitter soon! MUST get back. Hugs!!

  13. This recipe sounds delicious.

    But I must admit, I have a doggie too, and love taking doggie shots. They are just so precious. Love your baby! What kind is she?
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    • Oh what fun Jessica! What dog do you have? Coco is a cocker spaniel, and 6 months old. AND she is as naughty as she is charming!!

      • I have a Morkie, a Maltese Yorkie mix, and his name is Riley. He is 2, and a feisty little guy! Naughty and charming are a perfect description for him too! He is always at the top of the naughty list!!! You Coco is so cute!
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  14. what an enchanting way to spend the extra time to bake innovative dish to pacify the tummy,
    really yummy thinking.
    best wishes
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  15. Cassy says:

    The pie sounds delish, though I have never eaten one..But i think i should try to baked this weekend and share with my freind..
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  16. This is gorgeous Deeba, using a tart pan makes such a difference. I love the garnish; at first I thought pistachios but I peered closer to the screen and seems it’s pepitas?

    You know I love your dog. Do you plan to let her coat grow long or keep her trimmed? My Abbie goes from a total puffball to looking like a terrier after a trim but I do like to keep her coat short. It’s thick and not sleek; if I tried to grow it out like show dogs I think it would just stick out a foot and never get long and sleek. What I noticed most? The paws; I know that look! So cute.
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    • Those are hand cut pistachios Barbara. I had pepitas but forgot to use them {:-(}…
      Is Abbie a cocker too? Sweetness!! I do love Cocos coat but puffball is not for me. Now that you’ve said it, I have my mind set on giving Coco a terrier like trim. Even though I brush her well every morning, she’s out in the garden digging out my flowerbeds and it’s a pain washing her pretty paws all the time. xo

  17. I love that you’re getting in on the pumpkin fun. My family loves pumpkin pie too and yours looks fabulous! So great to watch the pup grow up through your pictures.
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  18. Thats a stunning pie Deeba…absolutely perfect!
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  19. I’m not really into pumpkin pie, but make it from real roasted pumpkins and add pistachios…. I’m in! Absolutely fabulous photos – I had a hard time deciding which one to pin.

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  20. The pumpkin pie looks really yummy and you have clearly listed out the indegredients and method.Hope to try one at home soon

    Yum Yum
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  21. That pumpkin pie looks delicious but Coco managed to steal the show. He is adorable.
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  22. It is definietly pumpkin pie season Deeba. I can’t wait to cut into the sugar pumpkin I have sitting in the deck.

  23. This pie looks amazing, I would love to try making it. Pumpkin puree is not easy to buy here, I grab half a dozen cans whenever I see any. I really like your piped cream and pistachio on top, stuff you do always looks so pretty.
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  24. I wish you has leftovers too, that looks like one fabulous pumpkin pie. I will have to get in line behind everyone for a slice the next time you make it. 😉
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  25. Seriously, one of the most beautiful pumpkin pies ever! I’m sure the taste matches:) Your pup, Coco, looks so sweet!

  26. What a yummy/delicious way to spend 2 hours… slurp! Love the pie as well as the post! :) All the best!

  27. I love pumpkins in any form. I’d love to try this… Can you tell me what is pumpkin pie spice. I tried searching and all the recipes use different combinations, I’d love to know what you used.

    Awesome pictures and Your Coco is really sweet.

    This is my first comment here, but I’ve visited the blog a few times before. I must tell you I loved it from the very first visit. It is an inspiration for me.

  28. OMG! that’s a perfect looking pie if any!!! gorgeous Deeba!
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  29. The title says it all – perfect pumpkin pie! You decorated it so well, it’s a stunning piece of art!! Pumpkin pie might sound quite ordinary but when it’s your pie, no ordinary here, just pure beauty :) And your dog is absolutely lovely :)

  30. oh wow – it looks like the perfect pie :) You know i have never made pumpkin pie to this day – i might just have to try your recipe. I love pumpkin and everything about it. Your dog WOW just ADORABLE.
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  31. Deeba, why oh why do I always find myself smiling, grinning halfway through your posts! You are the funniest! And ah, what memories of London with you (thanks for bringing up those sweet memories), and I can only see you baking and baking and baking…. and what a stunning pumpkin pie! Now I need to bake my own favorite recipe and decorate it like you do! Yes, just wait, I will. You so inspire me!!!
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  32. devika says:

    ok at the expense of sounding maha-daft im gonna ask anyway, why are you making the crust twice? or am i missing something?
    looks yum and though im not much of a baker, its inspiring enough and the instructions duffer-friendly enough for me to attempt it!

    • LOL Devika…it’s my fault. Fixed now…you are certainly not maha -daft, and I’d love to hear if you baked pie! Thank you for stopping by!!

  33. the pie looks perfect and I am sure the taste is so delicious…I like the photos of your puppy too

  34. I have never made a pupking pie only started knwing aobut after i had the blog, you are so much tempting me to make one though i am afriad iwould get a reaction like you teenage daughter from Hans. And I laughed out loud when i read that son lapped out on to the slice :-)
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  35. that wud b a nice way to spend extra hrs…it does look a lot yummy.
    here s my take –

  36. OMG look at that pup of yours!! Like a teddy bear come to life – seriously adorable! And I am swooning over your pumpkin pie – the prettiest I’ve seen. loving the addition of pistachios! Happy weekend, lovely lady!
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  37. I dont really like pumpkin pie but I have to say I would not refuss a piece of yours, it looks amazing.

  38. Ah, this really is the perfect pumpkin pie. It makes me want to celebrate Thanksgiving (but I don’t because I’m in the UK now and MrP hates turkey–go figure).
    *kisses* HH
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  39. Deeba, Look amazing, sorry many times I dont stopping by dear, have many porblems. I love your pumpkin pie!!! Gloria

  40. I absolutely love pumpkin pie and yours is picture perfect! Thanks for linking up at my Thanksgiving blog hop!

  41. lovely n irresistable pie..
    excellent cliks deepa..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  42. sarah says:

    aah…baking is definitely an awesome way to spend time..and ur pie looks so yummy!
    A time well spent…:)
    good luck for the contest!

  43. This is way too pretty to be called pumpkin pie. It deserves a fancy name with tart in it. And, the pics of your doggie are just too cute. All the pics are gorgeous, well executed.

  44. abegail says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing I want to try this pie..All the picture looks awesome..
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  45. Good one..wish we could eat the pumpkin pie. Coco pictures are so…ooo cute!

  46. gajra says:

    hi deeba u did what i’ve only been thinking about but then u are u ,the great cook in our part of town ! i salute u — u amaze me everytime with ur energy. wanted to ask u can i omit the eggs in the pie will it make much of a difference in the texture? yum lukin’ pie can i have a slice, any left?

  47. Emilia says:

    Gorgeous photos, amazing looking pie! Your 2 extra hours were very well spent! :)
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  48. Your pumpkin pie looks just lovely and your puppy is adorable. I love her little nose.
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  49. I’ve never seen a dog with those colors before! Even that type of dog, I’ve never seen the same! So gorgeous! Your blog is a treat for the eyes!
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