Winchester Sun Pumpkin Pie (Not Just for Thanksgiving!)

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 5, 2012

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In my life, pumpkin pie is allowed to be a 12-month opportunity. We don’t just keep it in Thanksgiving jail; we set it free to frolic anytime we need a comforting dessert.

Southern Pies by Nancie McDermottOr breakfast.

One of the pleasures of baking your own pie is having a slice staring at you from the fridge the next morning, beckoning you with sweet goodness.

This comes from the excellent book, “Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes, from Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan,” by Nancie McDermott, a North Carolina cookbook author who has gathered up 60+ recipes for every type of Southern pie you can imagine.

Any book sporting the phrase, “a gracious plenty” automatically wins the competition for my eyeballs.

I can’t wait for summer to make her Strawberry Icebox Pie.

But for now, we’re swooning over her expertly spiced pumpkin. My slight modifications, done to use ingredients I had on hand, are noted in blue.

Happy New Year!

Winchester Sun Pumpkin Pie

Recipe: Winchester Sun Pumpkin Pie

Summary: A creamy, expertly spiced classic pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner, breakfast the next morning, or any day, really! From “Southern Pies,” by Nancie McDermott. This one is a keeper!


  • Pastry for a 9-inch single-crust pie (store-bought or homemade)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (I used 1 15-ounce can, which is slightly less than 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk (I used ½ cup cream + ¼ cup half and half)
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 1/4 cup sorghum, pure cane syrup or honey (I used Lyle’ Golden Syrup)


  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a 9-inch pie pan with crust and then crimp the edges decoratively.
  2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir everything together well into a thick, smooth filling.
  3. Pour the filling into the pie crust, and place it on the bottom shelf of the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees. Bake until the edges puff up and the center is fairly firm, wiggling only a little when you gently nudge the pan, 30-40 minutes (my pie took 40 minutes). Place the pie on a cooling rack or a folded kitchen towel, and let cool to room temperature.

Quick notes

Recipe adapted from “Southern Pies” by Nancie McDermott; Chronicle Books, 2010

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 50 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Valentina November 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

This was superb!


Dorothy Reinhold November 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm



Valentina November 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

making this for Thanksgiving! who else would I go to for pie recipes!? 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold November 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

This is one of my faves!


Miz Helen January 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hi Dorothy,
I just love that book and your pie looks delicious. I use Pumpkin year round, we just love it here at the cottage. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen


sippitysup January 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

This book has my childhood written all over it. GREG


Amrita January 6, 2012 at 3:35 am

I was watching Waitress with all its pies when I chanced upon this post! Lovely!


Dorothy January 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

Waitress…LOVED that movie!


Valentina January 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Dorothy, this is a beautiful pie! I want some!


Dorothy January 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

Thanks! I wasn’t so careful when cutting, so it looks a bit rustic, but that’s part of the appeal, right? It’s very custardy, well spiced and comforting. I’m having it for breakfast!


Bizzy January 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

This is one attractive pumpkin pie. It looks like the taste is strong and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us at Bake with Bizzy.


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