Wanda's pumpkin pie



15 min


2 pies, for 8 wedges each

* PLUS Standing Time: 10 minutes, Baking Time: 55 minutes


  • 2 store-bought frozen deep-dish pie shells , or 9-in. homemade pie shells
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 796-mL can pure pumpkin , not pie filling
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup 35% cream
  • 1/2 cup 35% cream
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • peanut brittle pieces , or crushed gingersnap cookies (optional)


  • Position rack on bottom shelf in oven. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Remove store-bought frozen pie shells from freezer and place on a baking sheet. Thaw at room temperature about 10 minutes. Or place homemade shells on a baking sheet.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in brown and granulated sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt. Whisk in pumpkin until blended, then whisk in milk and 1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream until thoroughly mixed. Pour into pie shells, then smooth tops. Bake on bottom rack of preheated 350F (180C) oven until filling is just set in centre when jiggled, 55 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven to a rack. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Delicious warm or at room temperature. If making ahead, leave on racks until cooled to room temperature, about 1 hour. Then loosely cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Pies will keep well overnight.
  • For topping, just before serving, pour 1/2 cup (125 mL) whipping cream into a medium-size bowl. Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) sugar and vanilla. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Spoon dollops of cream over pie. Top with pieces of peanut brittle or crushed gingersnap cookies.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 280,
  • Protein
  • 4.5 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.8 g,
  • Fat
  • 16.4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.7 g,
  • Sodium
  • 236 mg.

One thing I’ve learned from years of dishing up Thanksgiving dinner: don’t mess with the pumpkin pie! Toronto’s pie queen, Wanda Beaver, creates the ultimate classic in her book Wanda’s Pie in the Sky: Pies, Cakes, Cookies, Squares, and More (Whitecap). If you want to get fancy, top it off with shards of peanut brittle or crumbled gingersnap cookies.