Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie

Growing up, my grandma’s pumpkin pie was legendary, at least in my mind.

She would bring it or a pecan pie to almost every social gathering for the fall and winter.  And people always seemed to rave over the pie and tell her how wonderful it was.  In the warmer months, she made apple or chocolate pies.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you if it was good or not.  I’m not a pumpkin pie eater.

But I do know her secret recipes.

The crust.

My grandmother was known for her pie crusts.  They were light and flaky and almost perfect.  My uncle said the only way you could tell it wasn’t a professionally made crust was by the looks.

When I was in high school, my grandmother let me in on her little secret.

I buy the deep dish pie crust from the freezer.  Then I put it in my own pie plate and re-crimp the crust.

I was shocked.

pumpkin pie secretsApparently she’d been doing it that way for years and didn’t see any reason to enlighten people that she wasn’t making her own crust.

But who am I to argue with results?  It’s good crust.

The filling.

When my grandmother reached the end of her pie-making days, she finally handed over a stained recipe card for each of her prized recipes.

My aunt was supposed to transcribe the recipes and email them out.

Meanwhile, my mom and I were traveling to Seattle to spend the holiday with my brother and his wife.

My mom wanted to make my grandmother’s pies for the holiday dinner.  So she called my grandmother to ask for the recipe.

Oh, just use the one on the back of the Libby’s canned pumpkin to make the pumpkin pie.  Use the one on the Karo syrup bottle for the pecan pie.  That’s what I’ve used for years.

Yeah.  Her secret recipe for pecan and pumpkin pies were pulled straight from the back of the labels.

My mom was shocked.

She was even more shocked when my grandmother told her the pie crust recipe.

The moral.

If you’re in charge of baking the holiday pies this year, I’ve got a great recipe for you.  You won’t believe how simple and fool proof my crust recipe is.  You honestly can’t mess it up!

When people ask me for the recipe, I just smile and tell them

Oh, this is my grandmother’s pumpkin pie recipe.

Most of the time, I can keep a straight face.

What’s your big secret recipe?  Does it come with a great story?

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I LOVE pumpkin pie…my most favorite dessert…the best food of tbhe holiday. My pies are usually frozen… LOL

    • Karen, I love pumpkin bread and other pumpkin things, but I’ve never been able to get over the pie texture. I wish I could enjoy it because it smells sooooo good.

      My grandmother would tell you to keep buying the frozen pie, but to put it in a pretty pie plate and re-crimp the edges. No one would be the wiser.

  2. I am so happy you shared your grandma’s secrets! This is what I am talking about when I say “stress-free Thanksgiving” … I’ve been sharing “secrets and tips” and they pretty much say “not everything has to be from scratch” and “you don’t need to re-invent the wheel” I did share Libby’s Pie Recipe as well! And even when I posted my pie crust recipe… I mentioned you can buy it frozen too! 😉 We’re on the same page! Love the wisdom from grandmas!
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    • Paloma, I don’t think I’ve made a pie crust since I learned my grandmother’s secret. I can make a good one, but it’s just so much work. I love that she re-pinched the edges of the crust to make it look homemade.

      Holiday cooking should be about the relationships, not the food. What’s the point of being all stressed out and alone in the kitchen when there’s people to be with! Once I figured out how to make big holiday meals effortless, I love cooking them because I get to spend time with the people I love.

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