Real Pumpkin Pie

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Real Pumpkin Pie Recipe, this delicious pumpkin pie made with real pumpkins and meringue ghosts on top. Just delicious. This will become a fall favorite and will not just be your go to dessert for Thanksgiving.

There is definitely no Thanksgiving party that does not have pumpkin pie and I am sure over the years I have tried every type you can image, as I suspect you have too, but this is one of my favorites and the meringue ghosts just add that little bit of Halloween but they are optional.

Pumpkin Pie with meringue ghosts

This recipe which is below is quite simple and easy to follow. If you do not want to make your own pie pastry base that is totally fine as I know time can be an issues for lots of people this time of year. Feel free to buy it or if you have a family favorite then use it too.

Pumpkin pie ingredients

Fresh ingredients make such a lovely homemade pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie ingredients
Pumpkin pie ingredients
Pumpkin pie ingredients

Dough/Pastry Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cold water
Pumpkin Pie Dough
Pumpkin Pie Dough in pan

Remember you do not have to make the dough/pastry yourself if you are pushed for time or maybe make your own favorite pastry.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 350 g of baked pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1tbsp flour
  • a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger, cloves and all spice
Pumpkin Pie ready for oven

Ready to go in to oven

Cooked Pumpkin Pie

Yum, can you smell how delicious that smells. Oh my mouth is watering

Ghost Meringues


  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tbsp of white sugar

Make sure they have peaked beautifully

meringue ghosts in oven tray

Delicious homemade pumpkin pie using real pumpkins and top with fun ghost meringues.

Pumpkin Pie with Meringue Ghosts
Pumpkin Pie with Meringue ghosts

Real Pumpkin Pie with Meringue Ghosts

Real Pumpkin Pie with Meringue Ghosts


  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 Cup butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cold water
  • For the filling:
  • 350 g of baked pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • A pinch of: cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger, cloves, allspice.
  • For Meringue:
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tbsp of white sugar


Preheat your over to 390°F - 200°C

Mix flour and sugar and cold butter to make crumbs.

Add the yolk and 1 tbsp of cold water, assemble the dough into a ball and put it in the refrigerator for an hour.

Cut the pumpkin into pieces and bake for 30 minutes under foil at a temperature of 200°C- 390°F, cool and Mash or blend pumpkin till smooth. Using a fork is a great way of doing it. You could buy canned pumpkin puree if you prefer but the traditional baked pumpkin is the best.

Mix the pumpkin puree with eggs and sugar, add condensed milk, flour and spices, beat with a mixer.

Roll out the dough with a thickness of 3-4 mm. Place in pie dish and fill with Pumpkin mix 

Bake for 15 minutes at a temperature of 200°C- 390°F, then reduce the temperature to 180°C - 356°F and bake for another 45-50 minutes.

If you want to decorate with meringue ghosts then to make the meringue, then beat egg white and gradually add the white sugar and beat with a mixer until forms stable peaks.

Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely, after that it is better to put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours (at least).

Spoon meringue mixture out into little 'blobs' onto a baking paper covered tray. Bake in a low 110°C - 120°C (230°F - 248°F oven for 45 minutes.

Once out and cooled add googly eyes. Add to the top of the Pumpkin Pie


If you don't want to make meringue ghosts you can decorate the top of the pie with meringue or a dusting of icing sugar.

Making Ahead of time and Freezing

Pumpkin pie freezes really well for up to 3 month. When ready to have remove from freezer and thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

The pastry also freezes really well for up to 3 months.

Kitchen utensils and tools needed: (affiliate Links)

Glass Mixing Bowls, White Mixing Bowls, Kitchen Mixer, Pie Dish, Parchment Paper,

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