First, always follow the recipe exactly the first time you're making it. This is true for any baking, but it's especially true for pumpkin pies, where a few minutes of refrigeration time here, a few minutes of cooling time there and checking on the pie at the right time can make the difference between a memorable pumpkin pie and an average one.
Second, never use time as an indicator of doneness for a pumpkin pie. Always check on the pie two-thirds of the way through baking. When pumpkin pies are still a little jiggly in the center, they are done. The eggs in the pumpkin pie custard will continue to cook as the pie cools. But if you overcook a pumpkin pie, it will crack.
Finally, bake your pie on a sheet pan. This will catch any spills if the pie is too full. And cool your pie on a wire rack. Now let's check out those pumpkin pie recipes.
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