This pumpkin pie melds dense pumpkin filling with a light and fluffy meringue topping. The meringue mingles wonderfully with the filling’s cinnamon and nutmeg spices. If you have some extra time to spare, I strongly recommend making this pie with fresh pumpkin; it makes all the difference between a tasty dessert and a true culinary experience!
If you aren’t a huge fan of meringue, you can make this pumpkin pie without it and still have an amazing, more traditional pumpkin pie. Having said that, I do urge you to try this version at least once.–Michele Stuart
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At long last, a slice of pumpkin pie is complete in and of itself. Pumpkin and meringue. So happy together.
Pumpkin Meringue Pie Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 3 H, 15 M
- Serves 6 to 8
- For the pie crust
- Flour, for the work surface
- Dough for single 9-inch pie crust
- 1/4 cup heavy cream, for glazing
- For the pumpkin pie filling
- 1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin purée
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- For the meringue
- 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Make the pie crust
- 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 2. On a clean, lightly floured work surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough until it forms a 10-inch circle. Fold the circle in half, place it in a 9-inch pie plate so that the edges of the circle drop over the rim, and unfold the dough to completely cover the pie plate. Using your thumb and index finger, crimp the edges of the pie shell. Lightly brush the edges of the pie shell with heavy cream (this will create a perfect, golden brown finish). Set aside while you make the filling.
- Make the pumpkin pie filling
- 3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine the pumpkin purée and eggs until really well mixed. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Mix the ingredients together, scraping the bowl down several times. Add the heavy cream and mix once again, until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Carefully slide the pumpkin pie onto the baking sheet.
- 4. Bake the pumpkin pie for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the filling is firm in the middle but still soft to the touch. Transfer the pie to a wire cooling rack and let cool for at least 2 hours.
- Make the meringue
- 5. When the pumpkin pie has finished cooling, preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).
- 6. Using an electric mixer set on high speed, beat the egg whites until they become foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt and continue mixing until soft peaks form. Slowly add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once all the sugar has been added, add the vanilla and beat for 30 more seconds. It should be light and fluffy. To test it, insert a spatula into the mixture and quickly pull it out. If it forms little peaks but does not fall, you have achieved the desired consistency.
- 7. Place the meringue on top of the pumpkin pie, forming a mound of meringue in the middle of the pie. Use a spatula to pat and lift it across the top of the pie, forming peaks. Take care to spread it all the way out to the edges of the crust.
- 8. Place the pumpkin pie on the middle oven rack and bake for 6 to 10 minutes, or until the desired brownness has been achieved. You’ll want to check the meringue frequently, keeping an especially careful eye on it as soon as the tippy tops of the peaks begin to turn brown. (If you have a kitchen torch, you can also use this method as an alternative, but be careful to spread the flame evenly across the entire surface to achieve a uniform look.) The pumpkin pie is best served the same day.
- You can loosely cover and refrigerate the cooled pumpkin pie for up to 2 days before topping it with the meringue, as well as after topping it with the meringue.
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Nov 15, 2013
I made this pie with fresh pumpkin—a Long Island Cheese picked just a few days ago by a local farmer. I roasted the pumpkin, cleaned out the seeds, and scooped out the flesh the day before I made the pie. Then I puréed it and measured out the amount for the recipe. The pumpkin pie portion of the pie was fantastic. I really didn’t miss ginger or cloves. While the meringue on top of the pie was good, to me it seems seemed extraneous. The meringue took about 5 minutes. Remember not to touch the pie plate with your bare hands, because even though it’s only been in the oven 5 minutes, the plate becomes very hot.
Nov 15, 2013
I’m not a pie expert, but I followed this recipe to the letter and it turned out great. I left the pumpkin pie in the oven for 55 minutes, until the center was set. I baked the pie the day before, refrigerated it overnight, and made the meringue topping the next day about 2 hours before serving. The meringue-topped pie then needed about 8 minutes to become a nice brown. As I said before, I’m not a pie expert and haven’t eaten much pie, but this recipe changed my relationship to pies, it was so good.
Nov 15, 2013
What a delicious twist on pumpkin pie. We—myself, my husband, and our two French guests—LOVED it. It wasn’t too sweet or too heavily spiced but perfectly pumpkin-y and light from the meringue. I could’ve baked the pumpkin pie longer so that it was more set (like traditional pumpkin pie), but the texture was actually really nice as a custard and pudding. The pie dough was easy enough to prepare in the mixer; I had no problems with it at all. It was done after about 48 minutes in the oven, though it could have’ve stayed in for longer. I allowed it to cool for 4 hours and then made the meringue, which was also simple to prepare. It browned after about 7 minutes in the oven and I opened the door every 30 seconds after I started noticing the peaks turning colors. What surprised me was that the meringue actually shrunk as it cooled. Initially it extended to the end of the crust, but as it cooled, it pulled in so that you could see the pumpkin pie filling. It shrunk maybe 2 inches all around. Still, an amazing dessert!
Nov 15, 2013
This recipe is a keeper—quick to put together, the ingredients are readily available, and the finished product make’s a beautiful presentation. This recipe was easy to put together. I used pre-made (gasp!) pie crust, which didn’t detract too much from the finished product. I also veered from the recipe by using an unlined baking sheet. The pie had to bake for 55 minutes to produce a firm filling. The meringue actually took longer to prepare, 10 to 12 minutes, but the final taste was worth it. I browned the meringue with a torch, which was quicker than the oven method. The pie was quite tasty and the meringue added a nice finish.
Pumpkin Meringue Pie Recipe © 2013 Michele Stuart. Photo © 2013 Ben Fink. All rights reserved.