eat :: a slice of this pie


When I (Callie) was growing up, family gatherings on my Dad's side meant fantastic homemade pies. My Grandma would make at least six pies for dessert! Six! There was apple, cherry, lemon meringue... and more that I can't remember because I only had eyes for the pumpkin pie.

Did I mention yet, that she used a real pumpkin? Cutting, scooping, roasting, pureeing the yummy gourd until the perfect consistency. And like most grandma's made her crust from scratch too.

Last year, I made my first attempt- it was quite the experience! Not only had I never made pie before, I had also never cut a pumpkin myself nor cooked with one! But I was determined to follow the recipe to a tee and more importantly, feel that I'd have made my Grandma proud.

This recipe tastes good every time, and as someone who often likes to take shortcuts in cooking, I can report that canned works well too.

But if you have any pumpkins that you didn't carve for tonight, making your own puree can be very rewarding! (Here's a great tutorial for creating fresh puree.)

Grandma Derksen's Pumpkin Pie


  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin (fresh or canned)
  • 1 "dessert spoon" of flour*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the pie filling.
  2. Pour into unbaked pie crust, which I unfortunately don't have the recipe for. If you don't have one either, store-bought is fine.
  3. Bake at 400 C for 15 min, then lower temperature to 350 C and bake for another 35 minutes.


*Did your Grandmother make vague measurements like this? Or say things like "mix until it feels like this" rather than write down direct instructions?