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Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Pie with Brandied Ginger Cream

Scott Phillips

Servings: eight to ten.

It’s worth freshly grinding the spices for this rich and silky pie; they add a depth and vibrancy you just don’t get with the pre-ground variety.


For the crust

  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 6-3/4 oz. (1-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5 oz. (10 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the filling

  • 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. brandy
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground cinnamon stick (or 1-1/2 tsp. pre-ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch freshly ground cloves (or 1/8 tsp. pre-ground cloves)

For the cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. brandy

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 420
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 260
  • Fat (g): 29
  • Saturated Fat (g): 18
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
  • Cholesterol (mg): 155
  • Sodium (mg): 260
  • Carbohydrates (g): 37
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 5


Make the crust

  • In a small bowl, stir the salt into 1/3 cup very cold water until dissolved. Put the flour in a food processor and scatter the butter on top. Pulse until the mixture forms large crumbs and some of the butter is in pieces the size of peas, about 8 pulses. Add the salt water and pulse until the dough begins to come together in large clumps, about 7 pulses.you’ll still see some butter pieces. Shape the dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle 16 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a 9-inch ceramic, metal, or glass pie plate, easing the dough into the bottom and sides and then gently pressing into place. For a traditional crimped edge, trim the overhanging dough to 1/2 inch from the edge of the plate. Fold the overhang under and crimp decoratively. To make the fancier edge decoration pictured below, check out our simple technique. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight, or freeze for up to 2 weeks.

Blind-bake the crust

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Line the chilled pie shell with parchment and fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until the sides have just set and look dry, 16 to 20 minutes (lift the parchment to check). Remove the weights and parchment and bake until the edges are light golden and the bottom is pale and completely dry, about 5 minutes. If the dough starts to bubble while baking, gently push the bubbles down with the back of a spoon. Let the crust cool completely on a wire rack before filling.

Make the filling and bake the pie

  • Heat the oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin, eggs, egg yolk, cream, and brandy. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, pepper, and cloves. Whisk the sugar mixture into the pumpkin mixture.

    Pour the filling into the cooled piecrust. Bake until the pie is set around the outside but still slightly wet and jiggly in the center, about 1 hour. The filling will continue to set as it cools. Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days before serving.

Make the cream just before serving

  • Whip the cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until it forms very soft peaks, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, ginger, and brandy and continue whipping until it forms medium-firm peaks, about 30 seconds longer. Dollop in the center of the pie, leaving a band of filling visible around the edge of the pie, or dollop on individual servings.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make and freeze the crust up to 2 weeks ahead. The pie may be filled and baked up to 2 days ahead.


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Reviews (19 reviews)

  • bookwyrm73 | 01/10/2019

    Oh, sweet baby James, this pie is so lovely. I've had avowed pumpkin pie haters have seconds of this. Definitely grind your spices fresh, the difference is dramatic.

  • DJ | 11/19/2018

    A Thanksgiving guest who is an awesome cook herself raved about this pie. They thought the texture is a vast improvement from the standard back of the can recipe.
    The flavor of the freshly ground spices is lovely.

  • Stasia | 11/26/2015

    Pumpkin pie doesn't get better than this. Have made this several times, albeit with my favorite pie crust recipe. (Thank you,Pam Anderson.) Usually, I like to cook the custard about 5 minutes more than recommended, just my preference on more set pie. Didn't think I would like the brandied whipped cream so only tried it this last time. Thought whipped cream lightly sweetened with powdered sugar and vanilla would be preferable. Boy, was I wrong! The brandied, ginger whipped cream is truly a wonderful accompaniment. Try it!

  • mae428 | 11/24/2015

    This recipe has potential. I think the spices could have been increased a bit - otherwise, as written this recipe is not bad. I used canned pumpkin and a store bought crust, but the issue for me was the lack of spiciness. Of course, if you like your pumpkin pie a bit on the bland side, this may be perfect for you. I also believe you can add a bit more brandy. It really does compliment the pumpkin.

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