We have to admit, the idea of putting pumpkin into a sweet pie was a little foreign to us when we first arrived in the States. In Australia, pumpkin is more often used for savory cooking (get some ideas over at taste.com.au). So we were more than a bit skeptical when we experienced our first autumn in this country and saw the overwhelming number of pumpkin-based sweet treats. Of course, being gluten-free, we had a pretty good excuse not to try most of them. But eventually curiosity got the best of us, so Rita dug out an old copy of Woman’s Day Magazine in search of a classic all-American pumpkin pie. She then set out to recreate that pie in an allergy-friendly way: totally free of gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and nuts. After some tweaking, taste-testing, and much input from our American friends, we think we’ve got a pie that would make any grandma proud. And we’re finally sharing the recipe, just in time for Thanksgiving!
This recipe makes enough filling for one 9″ pie
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup caster sugar
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (buy it here or make it yourself with this recipe)
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3 large eggs (Or egg replacer. We like this one)
- 2 cups pumpkin puree (learn to make it yourself here or buy it here)
- 1 gluten free pie crust (get the recipe here or buy one here)
- Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
- Beat the eggs. A stand mixer works best (we love this one), but it can also be done by hand.
- Into the bowl with the eggs, add the dry ingredients and blend with the pumpkin and vanilla until smooth.
- Carefully fold in the coconut milk.
- Pour the filling into the unbaked pie crust and wrap the edges with foil.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 425º F.
- Lower the oven to 350º F and bake for 50 to 60 minutes more, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. The pie may still seem a little “wobbly,” but it will set up more as it cools. Don’t overcook or you could burn the edges!
- Remove the pie from oven and allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
- Serve and enjoy!