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Pumpkin Slab Pie (Feeds a Crowd)

Perfectly creamy and spiced pumpkin slab pie to feed a crowd! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

My heart pours out to all of you affected by the hurricane over the weekend. Hope you are all safe, warm, and picking up the pieces as the week goes on. Hugs and prayers to anyone who lost a loved one or a home in the massive storm. ♥

With a new week comes a new pumpkin recipe and I’ve been holding onto this one for about a week. I made it for all our friends who visited this weekend and while the pumpkin filling received glowing reviews, everyone commented on the thick, buttery, flaky pie crust. And the pie crust leaves too! Always pie crust leaves.

Perfectly creamy and spiced pumpkin slab pie to feed a crowd! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Please excuse the hideous dollops of whipped cream. Does anyone know how to make pretty dollops?! Is there a way? Tell me your secrets!!

But seriously. We’ve all faced the problem before– not the weird dollop problem– but the “I need to feed an actual army of people dessert on Thanksgiving and don’t feel like making 1200 pies” problem. Or even just the “I’m totally in the fall spirit and want to bring pumpkin pie into work but don’t feel like making 1200 pies” problem. I know this is exactly how you think.

Today = problem S-O-L-V-E-D. A pumpkin pie for an actual army of people.

Because #piegoals.

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Channeling the great pumpkin pie recipe, I pretty much doubled each ingredient to make a much larger pie. I kept the egg count to only 4, as my 1st test pie tasted egg-y. The last thing we want with pure & creamy pumpkin pie. Want to know what makes this pumpkin pie extra creamy? Actual cream. Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream create the most luxurious pumpkin pie you’ll ever taste!

Now let’s jump right into the sugar situation. I only sweeten this pumpkin slab pie with brown sugar. I used a mix of light brown sugar (1 cup) and dark brown sugar (1 cup) for a layered flavor, though you can use either. My friends loved that little extra flavor and couldn’t quite put their fingers on what it was. It was the slight molasses in the dark brown sugar. Perfect in pumpkin pie.

How about one more layer of flavor? Glad we agree on that. Remember the secret ingredient from the great pumpkin pie recipe? Black pepper, my friends. BLACK PEPPER. It’s bizarre, but I’ve gotten a lot wonderful feedback from readers on this! No one will know it’s in there except for you. But all your pumpkin pie eaters will fall in love with the sweet spiced flavor.

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You can use canned pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin puree, but I always have the best luck with canned pumpkin in pie recipes. I recommend it over fresh.

For the crust, you know we’re making that from scratch. Remember the all-butter crust we used in the apple slab pie this summer? Consider today its sequel! I love this all-butter pie crust. It’s enough to be the foundation for this pumpkin slab pie and you’ll have enough leftover to make these adorable leaves. Make sure your pie crust ingredients are extra extra cold and you can even begin the crust the night before to save time. I always let my pie crust chill over night before rolling/shaping and highly recommend you do the same.

Here are the cookie cutters I used for the leaves if you want to decorate your pie this way. Bake the leaves separately. I like how the leaves look placed on top of the baked pie rather than baking them directly on the pie. They sort of move around and end up looking a little funky if they’re baked on the pumpkin pie filling.

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Perfectly creamy and spiced pumpkin slab pie to feed a crowd! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The pie takes about 35-45 minutes to bake through– and there’s no need to pre-bake this crust. I found it to be a waste of time and not at all necessary. The crust baked through without taking this extra step.

The most important part! Use the correct size pan. Any larger and you won’t have quite enough dough. Any smaller and you’ll have some overflow. You’ll need a 10×15 inch jelly roll baking pan/sheet pan. I own and love both this one and this one.

Perfectly creamy and spiced pumpkin slab pie to feed a crowd! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Perfectly creamy and spiced pumpkin slab pie to feed a crowd! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s creamy, spiced, sweet, brown-sugared, and accompanied by the most buttery pie crust ever. There’s enough to go around!

Pumpkin Slab Pie

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cup (3.5 sticks; 400g) unsalted butter, very cold and cubed
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) very cold ice water
  • egg wash: 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk

Filling

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pure pumpkin (about 4 cups total; 900g)1
  • 2 cups (400g) light or dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper2
  • optional: whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Make the pie crust: Mix the flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the butter. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal (pea-sized bits with a few larger bits of fat is OK). A pastry cutter makes this step very easy and quick. Drizzle the cold water in, 1 Tablespoon (15ml) at a time, and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon after every Tablespoon (15ml) added. Do not add any more water than you need. Stop adding water when the dough begins to form large clumps. I always use about 3/4 cup (180ml) water. Transfer the pie dough to a floured work surface. Using floured hands, fold the dough into itself until the flour is fully incorporated into the butter pieces. The dough should come together easily and should not feel overly sticky. Form dough into a ball. Cut off about 1/4 of the dough; this will be for the pie crust leaves and the rest will be for the actual pie. Flatten both into a 1-inch thick disc using your hands. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (and up to 5 days) or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before using. *If not making pie crust leaves, just wrap all the dough up, chill, and use it all for the bottom crust.
  2. Make the filling: Whisk all of the filling ingredients together in a large bowl. It will be a little thick. Cover and refrigerate until you need it; or refrigerate up to 3 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Roll out the chilled pie crust: Remove larger disc of pie dough from the refrigerator. Keep the other in the refrigerator as you work. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out into (roughly) an 18x13-inch rectangle. Make sure to turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls. Carefully place the dough into a 10x15 inch jelly roll pan (I like this one too); there will be overhang on the sides. Smooth the crust out so it fits nicely into all the corners of the pan. Crimp the edges with your fingers, if desired. Brush edges lightly with the egg wash. Reserve remaining egg wash for step 6.
  5. Spread filling evenly into the crust. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the filling is only slightly jiggly in the very center. Remove from the oven, set on a wire rack, and allow to cool completely.
  6. Pie crust leaves: As the pie cools, roll out remaining dough. Roll out into any shape you really want (doesn't matter) and 1/8 inch thickness. Using leaf cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Brush each lightly with egg wash. Cut leaf veins into leaves using a sharp knife or toothpick, if desired. Place onto a parchment paper or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F (177°C) for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and set aside to cool before decorating pie.
  7. Decorate pie with pie crust leaves and/or whipped cream. Leftovers keep well covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Make ahead tip: The pie crust in step 1 can be made ahead of time, chilled for up to 5 days (see step 1) or frozen up to 3 months (see step 1). The filling can also be made, covered, and refrigerated for up to 3 days. See step 2. Baked pie freezes well up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes:

  1. I prefer canned pumpkin, not fresh pumpkin puree in this recipe. I like to use Libby's brand.
  2. I like to use a heaping 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper in this slab pie. If you like spice flavor, increase to 1/4 teaspoon.

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Perfectly creamy and spiced pumpkin slab pie to feed a crowd! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

112 comments

  1. This is brilliant! If we can make bar cookies, why not try a slab pie??? That pie looks AH-MAZ-ING! We are so trying this 🙂

  2. Hi Sally,

    This looks so yummy! I’m a devotee of your Great Pumpkin Pie recipe already. For those who haven’t made it-do NOT skip the black pepper. It really does take the pie to the next level! As for the whipped cream, I love a rustic, casual dollop. It feels so authentic and home-y. However, I found a video about stabilizing the whipped cream with unflavored gelatin…here’s the link:

    http://ourbestbites.com/2015/11/how-to-make-stabilized-whipped-cream/

    I may give this a whirl to see if it changes my views on the dollop. Have a fantastical evening!!

    • A lot of readers have suggested stabilizing the cream! I do like a quick dollop though without taking that step. I guess I have no choice! I’ll try it next time– or just pipe it.

  3. Perfect for the upcoming Halloween. Looks so delicious! (:

  4. Although I prefer my pies to be round shaped (something about them that way makes them more festive and special to me, I know, I’m weird ;-p ), the little pie crust leaves made this one so cute I would love to eat a slice or two! (who am I kidding I wouldn’t stop until I’ve inhaled at least 2 pieces ;-D ) And it’s thanks to you and your recipe that I bought little leaf cookie cutters, because I wanted to decorate my pies to make them even more fall-themed 😉 Gorgeous pie, can’t wait to try it (I’m especially curious to see how the secret ingredient works).

  5. I think I’ll have to save this for Thanksgiving! I don’t have any time to bake this month since I’m working at a haunted attraction every night (if you’re still near Philly, you should come out to Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in Glen Mills!). My future mother-in-law always enlists me to help to feed my fiance’s enormous family at Thanksgiving, so a great big pie is fantastic!

  6. Was just thinking about baking a pumpkin pie for the weekend.
    Will defiantly give this recipe a try!

  7. Slab Pumpkin Pie FTW, Sally! Yeasss to the leaves.. extra points for holiday flair and that gorgeous color! I’ll have a corner piece please.. all the crust. What a great way for everyone to enjoy pumpkin pie! No running out here! Gorgeous work, Sally! (I love that secret ingredient!)

  8. Holy amazing. Gorgeous, delicious and festive… love everything about this!!!

  9. Sally – i just love that you use an all butter crust. I do too. I’m always semi appalled when folks recommend vinegar, vodka, shortening or whatever else they say to add into my crust. I know folks can make a miracle pie crust with those things but for me – an all butter crust is just plain the way to go.

    Never thought about making a Slab Pie. This would have been a bajillion times easier than the 30 or so tart pies I made for my wedding a few weeks ago! lol

    • All butter crust certainly is tasty!! I love to make crust with a little shortening, the way my grandma did– but I appreciate 100% butter too. It’s so good!

  10. I would definitely fill this pie with whipped cream! Oh boy, it’s so delicious!

    God Bless!
    Jan Limark |Brotherly Creative

  11. If I wanted to half the recipe would a 9×9 pan work?

  12. I adore a good pumpkin pie and a slab pie is even better!

  13. Hideous dollops, hahaha. You’re a goof. I just photographed my pumpkin pie and used a piping bag to do my dollops. Works like a charm for the homemade stuff!

  14. Thanks for following up the slab apple pie recipe with this one for pumpkin pie. I just made the apple version for a neighborhood get together today and it was a huge hit; the size worked perfectly for our crowd. So easy to slice and serve. I was hoping to find a pumpkin version in my inbox and you didn’t disappoint! The apple pie is delicious. Thank you for so many great recipes!!

  15. I just made the pumpkin slab pie- it is divine!  The filling is so silky smooth from the heavy cream. I tweaked the spices to personal preference but otherwise made it as is- this will be on my Thanksgiving table for sure!

  16. Yes! Love this Sally. Might need to make it for work after I do your pumpkin cheesecake bars for a party this week. Will I get sick of pumpkin with all these pumpkin-flavored baked goods? Never.

  17. Sally I learned this trick from Stella at Bravetart…to make the thickest whipped cream use a food processor! I’m telling you it makes all the difference in the World! Could you try it and see what you think?

  18. Gorgeous pie, of course! I am not exaggerating when I say I’m amazed by every recipe you post. 🙂

    But, to make pretty dollops of whipped cream! Try whipping the cream just to soft peaks, you want it pretty soft. Then just spoon it on with a little spoon. It should plop nicely into a round dollop. And if you happen to over-whip your whipped cream, just stir in a little (liquid) whipping cream and that should save it. 🙂

  19. Could you possibly just make 2 9″ pies from this recipe so I could keep one (small family for
    Thanksgiving Dinner and give the other one to a neighbor????

  20. Could this filling be used with a cookie crust?

  21. Would a 13 x 9 glass pan work? Would I have to double the recipe or would it all fit? I plan on making this one for thanksgiving. It looks so good.

  22. Can you substitute Pumpkin spice for the spices and then add black pepper? If so, please tell me how much pumpkin spice to use.

  23. Would using a store bought dough for the crust effect the bake time?!

  24. I have this pie in the oven right now! Making it for an office thanksgiving lunch. I followed your directions exactly, but I am concerned that you said the filing would be kinda thick, but mine was not at all. Hope it’s ok.

  25. Hi I was wondering if you left off the ground cloves on purpose? I saw it was on the Great Pumpkin Pie Recipe.
    And some spices are doubled but others arent. But it will taste the same?

  26. If I use your homemade buttery flaky pie crust for the pie (I’m a little short on butter for the all butter pie crust but I have shortening), do you think it will be too little? Should I double it?

  27. I just read your recipe. I am amazed that you use black pepper. I have made my pumpkin pies with black pepper since the early seventies. No one else in my family did this but me. So happy to see you do too.

  28. Dear Sally,
    I really want to bake this in a muffin tin but with pre-made pie crust around the edges. Are there any specific instructions you could give me to bake the crust and then the pie insides? Should I keep it at the same temperature and for the same time? How do I know when it is cooked through?
    Thanks so much!
    Gaby L.

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