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2 Easy Steps To Fix Undercooked Pumpkin Pie (+Recipe)

by Gina Elizabeth
How to tell when pumpkin pie is done

Undercooked pumpkin pie?

You’ve come to the right place.

Here’s are 5 ways to easily fix undercooked pumpkin pie.


2 Steps to Fix Undercooked Pumpkin Pie

Can you rebake a pie that is undercooked?

If your pie is undercooked: Cover it with aluminum foil, pop it back in the oven, and bake at 425 F for about 15 minutes (or until done). Remember to do the doneness test before cooling. Then top with whipped cream.

Easy as pie!

Step #1. Place It Back In The Oven

  • Use an oven thermometer to ensure the right oven temperature (if your dial isn’t accurate).
  • Cover the pie with aluminum foil, place it back in the oven and bake it at 350 F for about 20 minutes.

Can you blame your oven for an undercooked pumpkin pie? Some ovens don’t heat evenly and/or display the wrong temperature. Bad oven, bad! 

Step #2. Top with Whipped Cream Once Cooled

A little whipped cream, and all is forgiven.

It can be hard to achieve the perfect level of doneness for pumpkin pie. If your pumpkin filling cracks, it’s probably overcooked.

Once the pie is done, wait for the pie to cool. Then top with whipped cream.

Is it safe to eat undercooked pumpkin pie?

No. Undercooked pumpkin pie contains raw eggs and can make you sick. Raw eggs may contain a type of pathogenic bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. However, the risk of an egg being contaminated is quite low.

When in doubt, bake the pie a little longer rather then risk an under-baked pie.

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How To Tell If Pumpkin Pie Is Done

The best way to tell if your pumpkin pie is done is to insert a knife near the center of the pie. Your pie is done if the knife comes out clean. The center will also jiggle a little when you shake it—it should not wobble. If you have an instant-read thermometer, it should read 175°F degrees.

Pumpkin pie doneness is hard gauge because of its dark filling. Pumpkin pie is a custard pie and often under- or over-baked.

Method #1: Use the Knife Test

Insert a knife about an inch away from the center of your pumpkin pie. When the knife comes out clean, it’s an indicator that it’s done. It doesn’t need to be bone dry fresh out of the oven. The pumpkin filling will continue to cook and fully set as the pie cools.

The reason you don’t want to test the filling in the center of the pie is so you don’t overbake it. The pumpkin pie filling will still continue to cook as the pie cools and you’ll have a perfectly textured pie.

Tip: Use the amount of filling that your recipe calls for. Overfilling may cause undercooked and cracked pie (due to over baking).

Method #2: Shake It

Give it a little shake back and forth. It should jiggle a little in the middle. A wobble means it’s not done yet. The pumpkin filling will continue to cook while cooling and will no longer jiggle.

Method #3: Use a Thermometer

If you have an instant-read thermometer, it should read about 175 degrees.

Tip #1: Don’t use the brownness of pie crust to judge doneness. Use aluminum foil to prevent over-browning the crust (add foil to the crust, halfway through baking). Do not shorten cooking time or lower oven temperature to avoid over-browning your crust.

Tip #2: If you’ve over-browned your crust, you can slice the top crust off once it’s cooled and cover your mistake with some whipped cream!

Always have whipped cream or ice cream on hand any case of any holiday pumpkin pie emergencies.

Will pumpkin pie thicken as it cools?

As pumpkin pie cools, the center will firm up. Do not bake your pie until the middle is stiff. It should jiggle a bit when tested with a knife. Overcooking your pumpkin pie filling can lead to cracking. If you pumpkin pie cracks, simple let it cool; then top with whipped cream.

How do you fix a burnt pumpkin pie?

Simply remove the burnt parts with a grater and cover with whipped cream. You can also repurpose the good parts in a sundae or pumpkin pie shake.

How To Cool Your Pumpkin Pie

Always cool your pie before slicing to avoid a filling landslide. Pumpkin pie filling also contains milk and egg products. Cool at room temperature no longer than 2 hours. Then refrigerate. It is okay to place a warm pie in the fridge.

If you enjoy serving your pie warm, zap it quickly in the microwave before serving.

3 Fast Pumpkin Pie Dessert Ideas

Or … re-purpose your fully baked pumpkin pie and make a sundae, parfait, or shake instead.

Make a Pumpkin Pie Sundae


  1. Scoop ice cream and baked pumpkin pie into individual serving bowls or glasses.
  2. Top with whipped cream.
  3. Garnish with maraschino cherries or nuts.


Make a Pumpkin Pie Parfait


*A parfait is similar to an ice cream sundae, only it’s layered instead.

Make An Pumpkin Pie Shake

Easy. Boozy. Beautiful.

This is the one time you’ll want to make a baking mistake.

You’ve got a festive & easy holiday shake or smoothie and your guests are none the wiser.

It’s totally healthy, its got has pumpkin AND milk! ????

Here’s the recipe:


Serves: 1 thirsty person

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pumpkin pie


  1. In a blender, combine vanilla ice cream, milk, and chopped pumpkin pie.
  2. Blend until desired consistency. (Add ice cream if too thin, or more milk if too thick)
  3. Pour into a tall glass or shake glass.
  4. Garnish with crumbled pecan pie and whipped cream.

Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe

You can’t beat the Classics. Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe:


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk, (Or substitute with equal amount Lactose-Free or Almond Cooking Milk)
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell


  1. Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  2. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Pumpkin Pie Baking FAQs

How do I cut pumpkin pie?

Wait for the pie to cool/set. Use a serrated knife to cut into your pumpkin pie. Cut slowly, then push down to slice the crust.

How do I serve pumpkin pie?

  • Serve chilled, warmed, or at room temperature. Do not serve hot.
  • Plate with a fork.
  • Top with whipped cream, ice cream or hard sauce. Wikipedia

What is hard sauce?

It’s a dessert sauce made with creamed butter, sugar with rum, brandy, sherry, whiskey, vanilla or other flavorings. It is served cold.

Do I need to refrigerate pumpkin pie?

Yes! Refrigerate within two hours of baking to prevent food borne illness. Allow your pumpkin pie to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. If refrigerated, you can enjoy your pumpkin pie for up to four days after you made it.

How can I avoid soggy pumpkin pie crust?

Here are some things that can do to keep your crust crispy.

  • Blind Bake. Pre-bake the crust so that it sets and crisps up before you add any wet filling.
  • Or Hot Baking Sheet. Place a baking sheet in the oven while it preheats. Then place your pie directly on the heated baking sheet. The extra heat will get the crust to cook and set quickly.

Why is my pumpkin pie watery?

Overcooking the eggs in the custard base can cause excess water as moisture separates from toughened egg protein.

How do you fix a burnt pumpkin pie?

Here’s how to rescue burnt pumpkin pie:

Stop The Cooking

First, stop the heat. Take the pie out of the oven as soon as you smell burning. Then plunge the pie pan into cool water. It’s like shocking vegetables in iced water. It stops the cooking.

Quickly assess the damage: does the char go beyond the surface of the pie crust? If so, skip to step number five. But if the burn is only skin deep, so to speak, your pie could still be saved.

Absorb The Burnt Flavors

  • Next, remove the burnt top crust and spoon out the pumpkin pie filling into a bowl.
  • Place the bowl in a large container and pop a slice of white bread in. Keep the lid on for 5-10 mins. This should  absorb the burnt flavors.
  • Then throw out the bread.

Get Rid Of Burnt Odors

The smell of burned food lingers. If people smell the burn they will subliminally taste it too!

So, you will have to still get rid of the lingering odors in your home.

Here’s how:

Freshly baked smell

  • Microwave an oatmeal, peanut butter, or your favorite cookie for about 3 minutes. Essentially you are pretending to bake yummy cookies.
  • If you don’t have cookies handy, put some foil or parchment paper on your baking tray and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon. Put a tablespoon of butter in the middle and bake slowly for a few hours. This is trick estate agents use to make a house feel nice and inviting for potential buyers!

Fresh coffee smell

Also a trick that real estate agents use. Put the coffee on! Percolate coffee to create that fresh coffee smell.

How do I prevent burnt pumpkin pie?

Use An Oven Thermometer

Pre-heat your oven and verify the baking temperature with an oven thermometer (don’t trust your dial). If your oven bakes unevenly you may want to rotate your pie half-way through baking.

Use A Glass Pie Dish To Bake

Don’t use an aluminum pie pan. Bake in glass pie baking dish in order to monitor the doneness.

Although metal pans conduct heat better, glass lets radiant energy pass through the pan and help the crust bake.

Choose A Reliable Recipe

Pumpkin pies can be finicky & unforgiving. Make sure to use the best recipe and follow it exactly, for the perfect pie every time.

Tip: Read the whole recipe once or twice before getting started. You’ll be much more likely to get it right the first time!

Measure Ingredients Accurately

Baking is more science than art. Eyeballing ingredients isn’t good practice for baking!

Keep Pie Crust From Browning Too Much

Make a pie crust shield with aluminum foil.

Unfold the foil and curl the corners to make a rounded ring shape. Fit it over the pie crust edge. Put the foil ring loosely over the pie before baking and remove near the end of baking time or put it on the pie when the crust edge is golden brown.

You can also buy a silicone pie crust shield online.

Use Aluminum Foil To Cover The Pie

When the pumpkin pie starts to brown while it bakes, but the inside of the pie is still not done, cover the entire pie with foil. The aluminum foil will protect the cake from burning and blackening.

Set A Timer

This is a common and known method to keep any foods from over-cooking or baking when making them. If you know you’ll be away or get distracted, set a timer for the amount prescribed by the recipe. Make sure the timer is loud enough to hear if you’re far away from the kitchen.

Check Your Oven

Make sure your oven settings are working properly. It’s possible your oven’s settings could have been switched which causes it to not produce the correct heat level. 

Tip: Try a toaster oven if your gas oven has hot spots, fluctuating temperatures, or the dial isn’t accurate. Gas ovens also release moisture which can cause baking issues. Toaster ovens use less electricity than electric ovens and don’t heat up your kitchen as much.

Check The Pie Every Now And Then

While the pie bakes, check it every 10-15 minutes to ensure it isn’t burning and that it is baking correctly. But it’s best not keep opening the oven door, since the heat leaves every time you open it. Instead, use the oven light that’s placed in your oven so you can watch the cake, but also avoid it from under-baking.

How do I serve pumpkin pie?

  • Serve chilled, warmed, or at room temperature. Do not serve hot.
  • Plate with a fork.
  • Top with whipped cream, ice cream or hard sauce for a traditional American flair.

What is hard sauce? It’s a dessert sauce made with creamed butter, sugar with rum, brandy, sherry, whiskey, vanilla or other flavorings. It is served cold.

Do I need to refrigerate pumpkin pie?

Yes! Refrigerate within 30 minutes of baking to prevent food borne illness. A warm pie is okay to place in the fridge.

Can I warm up pumpkin pie?

Warm in a 200 degree oven for approx 10 minutes.

Can I make pumpkin pie without eggs or sugar?

Yes, there are a lot of vegan pumpkin pie and keto-friendly pumpkin pie recipes online. And they are just as delicious.

What causes pumpkin pie to crack?

Pecan pie filling will crack if the pie is over-baked or cools too quickly.

How do I partially blind-bake a crust for pumpkin pie?

To partially blind bake, pierce the pie dough in the pie plate with a fork. Chill for an hour. Then line with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake at a moderate temperature (350 degrees F) for about 5 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned, removing the pie weights halfway through.

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