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How can tell if pumpkin pie is done cooking?

asked by ivysmushbowl almost 2 years ago
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added almost 2 years ago

It shouldn't be jiggly anymore, and the top may be brown or speckled.

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added almost 2 years ago

You'll want your filling to appear "set" and firm.

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added almost 2 years ago

Pumpkin pie is one of those odd participants in the custard heading. The classic definition of a custard is "that which is set by the coagulation of egg protein." Most custards are baked in a water bath (discussion for another day), with the exception of pumpkin pie. The crust takes the place of the water bath. The doneness test for ANY custard, including a pumpkin pie, is when you bump the edge of the container (pie plate, ramekin, etc) and the contents "jiggle like jello but don't wiggle like a wave." A cracked custard is an overbaked custard 100% of the time. The moral of the story is not to second guess yourself. If you think it looks done, it likely is. If you give it 5 more minutes and the surface cracks in the oven, you were wrong. On the other hand, whipped cream was invented for a reason!

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added almost 2 years ago

I still go by the old simple rule of inserting a toothpick so that it comes out clean...maybe I like my pie firmer than others, but this technique works great for me.