Bring your Thanksgiving dessert to a new level with this naturally sweetened pumpkin pie. The secret? Buckwheat honey.
I’ve been using this buckwheat honey in lots of my cooking lately. It’s amazingly dynamic with a rich flavor reminiscent of molasses. I’ve used it in scones, these chocolate zucchini muffins, and I even used it to make ricotta ice cream last summer!
In case you weren’t convinced on how delicious this pie is, I’ve made it 3 times (!) in the last month. Until now, we either ate it before I could take any photos, or I cooked it late at night because it’s that delicious and that easy.
Something I learned in this process: to know when pumpkin pie is finished cooking, the pie should be solid around the edges and still a bit jiggly in the center, but a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
I always feel better about using natural sugars like honey or agave instead of refined sugars. Now, you can feel free to consider the pumpkin pie covered while you’re planning the rest of your Thanksgiving menu.
Naturally Sweetened Pumpkin Pie
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- 1 15oz can solid pack 100% pumpkin
- 1/2 cup buckwheat honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix the puree, honey, vanilla, salt, and spice together.
- Mix in the cream, then gently beat in the eggs.
- Carefully pour the mixture into the pie shell.
- Cover the edges of the crust with a pie shield (or foil) and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 and bake for another 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean. If the crust begins to get too brown, cover the edges with foil.
- Cool and serve with a generous dollop of real whipped cream.
The buckwheat honey makes a big difference in flavor. I get mine at Wegmans, and it’s also available on Amazon. If you can’t get buckwheat honey, use 1/2 of another honey variety and 1/2 molasses.