Preheat the oven and pull out the cookbooks — it’s that special time of year when you’ll be baking, roasting, kneading and simmering up all the holiday classics. As far as food-friendly festivities go, Thanksgiving is king. And what’s more of a feast-worthy favorite for this happy holiday than a silky smooth and subtly spicy pumpkin pie? If you’re looking to boost your baking game for this year’s gathering — or if you want to put your pandemic-perfected cooking skills to good use — why not whip up a pumpkin pie or two of your own?
With the right tools and techniques on hand — along with tasty, easy-to-use ingredients — baking a pumpkin pie from scratch is easy as, well, pie. From zesty spices and crusts to durable bakeware and serving accessories, we’ve rounded up all the essentials you’ll need to enjoy a pumpkin pie-baking bonanza this Thanksgiving.
Should You Use Fresh or Canned Pumpkin in Pumpkin Pie?
One of the biggest dilemmas in your quest for creating the perfect homemade pumpkin pie recipe is whether it’s better to use fresh pumpkin or canned. You’ll be happy to know that, as long as you use a good recipe, either one works. A good canned pumpkin pie recipe is tasty, and it’s less work than making fresh pumpkin recipes from scratch. It’s really up to you and what you have time and energy for.
Tips for Making the Perfect Pie Crust
Once you’ve decided which kind of pumpkin you’ll use, it’s time to turn your attention to that all-important pie crust with laserlike focus. It’s both literally and figuratively your foundation for this traditional holiday treat — and it becomes a whole lot easier to whip up when you have a little extra guidance.
How to Decorate and Bake Your Pumpkin Pie in Style
Ready to get creative and make your pie uniquely yours? Whether you opt for that fancy chiffon pumpkin pie recipe or an easy fresh pumpkin pie recipe, dressing it up with some unique touches adds that little bit of extra finesse that makes the holidays feel special.
Everything You Need to Serve Your Pumpkin Pie
Last, though far from least, you’ll want some tools to cook and serve up that amazing homemade pumpkin pie.A pie plate is an essential, but the OXO Good Grips Glass Pie Plate With Lid is even better. It’s perfect for keeping that pie fresh and delicious until it’s all gone. But, if you know that pie won’t last past the meal, the beautiful Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish is all you’ll need to make your dinner-table presentation pop.