Chef John’s Pumpkin Pie

After many years of experimentation, I’ve finally perfected what I think is the ideal formula for a rich pumpkin pie that’s also much less likely to crack on top. Serve garnished with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese
  • 5-spice powder
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Whisk together pumpkin puree, egg yolks, and egg in a large bowl until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and Chinese 5-spice powder; whisk until thoroughly combined.

Fit pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and crimp edges.

Pour filling into the pie shell and lightly tap on the work surface to release any air bubbles.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until just set in the middle, 30 to 40 more minutes. A paring knife inserted into the filling, 1 inch from the crust, should come out clean. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Bonus Tips:

If desired, substitute 1 small pinch of ground star anise, ground cloves, and ground white pepper for five-spice powder.

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

(Original recipe from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/230132/chef-johns-pumpkin-pie/)

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