Baking | Perfect Pumpkin Custard Pies, gluten & grain free

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

Pumpkin Custard Pies Pumpkin Custard Pies…perfect little things! I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin but the younger teen really loves this humble veggie in dessert. These pies changed my view on the humble pumpkin; I fell in love with the pies {if I may so myself}!

Pumpkin Custard Pies… & before I forget “Hello October! When did you sneak in?” Can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of the year. Glad to say goodbye to July and September; they were tiresome months. The weather here is still quite warm and muggy, with a spell of retreating monsoons thrown in. We didn’t complain about the petite pumpkin custard pies though!

Pumpkin Custard Pies Smooth, silky, delicious, full of autumn connect and flavours, they turned out really nice! It began with an experiment and turned into custard pies I will make often. I contemplated adding a crust to make a’pie-ish‘ pie, then abandoned the idea. Gluten and grain free seemed more appealing.

Pumpkin Custard Pies In my quest to cut out unnecessary carbs, I kept these simple. I think the depth of flavour came through because of fresh pumpkin puree and condensed milk. The yellow really brightened up my day. I love the local produce this season … pumpkins, water chestnuts, apples, pears all flooding the market. Pineapples too.

fresh pumpkin pureeIf eggless baked yogurt tart could set {Cherry Yogurt TartDark Chocolate Orange Yogurt Eggless Cheesecake, Deep Dark Salted Butter Caramel Eggless Yogurt Cheesecakes}, then I figured the pumpkin pies with eggs would laugh all the way home. They did!

Pumpkin Custard PiesWorked a charm. They were ever so simple to make, that I decided to pretty them up a bit. They taste just as good without the garnish. Yet a little lace collar, a dollop of unsweetened cream, a sprinkle of pure maple flakes and a garnish of pumpkin seeds brittle makes it pretty! Pretty special!

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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. Such pretty yummy petite pies. Loving it.
    I love a pumpkin mousse I make, been planning to make that and this recipe is now teasing me :-)
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  2. aah what beautiful are always yours dessert Debra! and look delicious!!
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  3. Deeba, I love what you do with that chocolate-swirl ribbon around
    each li’l pie.
    Lovely as always!
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  4. You have elevated pumpkin pie to a whole new level. Beautiful!

  5. Bedobani says:

    Love the look of these pumpkin pies! Can’t really imagine a pumpkin dessert to be delicious… Would love to try this … Can you elaborate on the pumpkin pie spice ? Thanks.

  6. Hi! Can you tell me what size tin of condensed milk you used? We have 3 sizes at our store. :)

  7. Wow!, this is amazing. Love it.

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  9. as usual perfect clicks….amazing
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  11. These look absolutely divine, Deeba! They look light and creamy. I adore pumpkin and must try these but please – sweetened or unsweetened condensed milk??? What a nice change from to same old pumpkin pie! And pretty as a picture, as usual! xo
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    • Jamie… xoxo. We loved these too. Sweetened condensed milk {you can well imagine that I have never heard of unsweetened condensed milk!} Much love chica!

  12. you have turned the humble pumpkin into a work of art Deeba, love the extra touches.
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  13. These are no ordinary pies! They are beautiful!

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