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Best Pumpkin Pudding or Pie

Best Pumpkin Pudding or Pie

We’ve tried a lot of pumpkin pie recipes, but this one wins our Best Ever award, hands down.

It’s so easy—all the mixing happens in a blender with the push of a button, and the results are rich, sweet, and totally luscious. If you don’t want the extra carbs of a crust, the recipe adapts beautifully to being made in little individual pudding ramekins.

Either way, this is the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert, sure to fill your home with the true delightful spicy scents of the holiday. We offer it with gratitude for all of you, our loyal and enthusiastic readers.


1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Whipped cream (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425F. Dump all the ingredients (except the whipped cream) into a blender and pulse until thoroughly combined.

2. Pour the mixture into buttered individual ramekins or ovenproof soup bowls, or the unbaked pie shell of your choice. (Decorate the top with little leaves cut from pastry, if you like.)

3. Bake for 15 minutes at 425F, then reduce heat to 350F and bake for 45 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool for 1 hour before serving. Top each portion with whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 6-8.

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Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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3:13PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Yummy!! Thank you for the recipe!

2:42AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Thank you

1:43AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thanks for the article

9:23PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

~Yum, Yum!~I am anxious to try this recipe!!

4:19AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:41AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Fabulous recipe. Thanks for sharing.

8:49AM PST on Dec 25, 2008

If a recipe calls for ground ginger, I wonder how that would translate in quantity used, and taste results, if fresh ginger is used. I've tried it in the pecan pumpkin bread, with nice results, but I think next time, I'll use more.

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