Is your pumpkin pie done cooking?

Pumpkin pie is a staple of Americana. Thanksgiving feasts, potlucks, and family get-togethers are not complete without this iconic dessert. However, it can be challenging to cook this pie correctly without cutting into it. There are some easy steps to follow to get your pie just right!

Pay attention to the color

Pumpkin pies are unique because the color does not drastically change as it cooks. Look through the glass window of your stove, and pay attention to the filling starting to puff. Also, you’ll notice that the crust is beginning to brown, and it should be ready to take out. One tip is to take a picture of the pie before it goes into the oven so you can compare.

Give it a nudge

Pumpkin pie should firm on the edges when it’s cooked. Also, the center of the pie should jiggle, but not be wobbly. Grab an oven glove, and gently shake it back and forth on the oven rack to give it a test. If the filling is too runny, let it bake for a few more minutes.

The toothpick test

A toothpick is one of the tried and true methods to see if your pie is finished. The toothpick should be moist and clean when you pull it out from the center. Since the pie is still cooking as it cools, don’t panic if a little bit of filling is on the toothpick. You can also insert a thermometer into the center, and the temperature should be around 180°F. Any unsightly holes can be covered with whip cream before you eat it.


Grandma probably went a little overboard with the pumpkin pies at your last family gathering. What should you do with all of the leftover goodness? If you’re going to crash on the couch and watch football for the rest of the day, pumpkin pie can sit on your table for a few hours. Your Black Friday breakfast plans of pumpkin pie and beer will not be squandered because the pie will keep in the fridge for about five days. Freezing is also an option for cravings that come later in the year.

Desserts are one of the most challenging foods to get right. With a little bit of patience and practice, you can be the star of your next family gathering with a perfectly cooked pumpkin pie.