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King Arthur’s Secret Ingredient For Making The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Nov 22, 2021 11:59AM ● By Virginia Dean
What is Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie? It's definitely one of the things I look forward to most each year! This year, when you make your pie try it with an ingredient that may puzzle you! 

King Arthur Baking Company says this ingredient makes the perfect pumpkin pie: black pepper.

Even though it can’t be tasted, it nonetheless helps to bring out the perfect spice blend.

For one serving, preparation time is 15 minutes with a cooking time of 70 minutes.

The filling ingredients include:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups (or one 15-ounce can) pumpkin
  • 1 1/4 cups light cream or evaporated milk

The crust is a traditional American pie crust made from 3 cups of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, one and a half teaspoons salt, ½ cup shortening or cold lard, ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, and 6-9 tablespoons ice water.

For best results, King Arthur Flour’s advice is to make the filling a day ahead of time so that the spices have a chance to blend and be sure to remove the pie from the oven while the center is still wobbly, as overcooking it will cause the filling to crack.

For the full recipe, click here.

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