Winter is finally upon us and it’s a good time to indulge in some winter comfort food.

One of my favourites has always been pumpkin pie, not something I’ve been able to find much of in NZ, but something you find everywhere in the US around fall/winter.

Here’s a basic pumpkin pie recipe to try, but feel free to search one up; there are no end of options to choose from based on your own diet and preferences. I’d definitely recommend using a butternut pumpkin, or another smaller pumpkin instead of a big one, as they are less stringy and naturally sweeter, meaning you don’t have to use as much sweetener. Enjoy!

– André



  • 1 ½ cups of pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust


  1. Preheat your oven to 220°C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  3. Beat the eggs lightly in a separate bowl, then add them to the pumpkin mixture. Stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Gradually add the evaporated milk to the pumpkin mixture, stirring continuously until smooth.
  5. Pour the pumpkin filling into the unbaked pie crust, spreading it evenly.
  6. Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 175°C and continue baking for an additional 45-50 minutes, or until the filling is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Once baked, remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. For best results, refrigerate the pie for at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  10. Serve slices of pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgent treat.

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