How to Tell If Your Pumpkin Pie Is Done (Without Cutting It)
Pumpkin pie can be a bit of a challenge to cook perfectly. Underdone and you've got raw crust and gooey filling; overdone and you've got a cracked top and a rubbery texture. While it's pretty straight forward to know how long pumpkin pie is good for, sadly, it's not so simple to tell when it's done. Pumpkin pie doesn't darken as drastically as, say, a banana custard pie would, so the color only helps so much. And pumpkin pie doesn't like to be poked and prodded too much, either.
The Short Answer
So how can you tell if your pumpkin pie is done? "You can tell it is done when the edges are set and the center has a little jiggle to it," says Valerie Luck, founding partner and chief executive pie officer at Honeypie Cafe in Milwaukee, Wis. "Remember when you remove it from the oven it will continue cooking as it rests and cools down."
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How to Tell When Pumpkin Pie Is Done
How Long to Bake Pumpkin Pie
We suggest 60 to 70 minutes as seen in our (delicious) recipe for Maple Pumpkin Pie. To avoid a soggy crust or overdone pumpkin custard, blind baking is your friend, says Luck. "I recommend baking pumpkin pies on a lower setting than most recipes call for and for a little longer—so 300 to 325 degrees for maybe an hour or more," she says. "It will keep the pie from cracking down the center and make for a more luscious custard filling.
If you want to make sure your crust is crispy on the bottom, always blind bake your crust first at a higher temp—like 400—before pouring in your unbaked filling and finishing your pie bake."
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How Long Is Pumpkin Pie Good For?
Here's the summary, though: Homemade pumpkin pie can sit on the counter for two hours at room temperature; it lasts for three to four days in the fridge; and pumpkin pie can be frozen for a month and still maintain its quality. Technically, pumpkin pie will last for a year or more in the freezer, but the taste starts to go downhill after about a month. See how to freeze and defrost a pumpkin pie.