Meme’s Pumpkin Pie



I am very excited to share my cooking experiences with you!

The first time I made an entire recipe by myself was when I was 9 years old. My birthday is in mid-October, and I have always loved to embrace the season in my birthday treats. Every year I was so excited to inject a little bit of fall into the dessert my mom would make for me to bring in and share with my class. I brought everything from orange rice crispy treats, to pumpkin cupcakes and pecan pie.

When I was 9, I moved to Colorado, and being the new kid, I really wanted to impress my friends at school. I told my mom I wanted to make my favorite dessert, pumpkin pie. My grandma was visiting and said that she would help me make it. She has a fantastic recipe that I swear is the best in the world. When we started she told me that she thought that I was old enough to try to make it myself, but she would watch.

That’s when my true passion for cooking began. I felt like a chemist mixing all of the ingredients, and like a magician when it turned out perfectly. Making your first recipe can be daunting, but I promise it’s not as hard as you think it will be. I think baking was a great way to start, because you don’t have to watch as closely, and everything has easily measurable ingredients. Plus, who doesn’t like a sweet treat!

Meme's Pumpkin Pie


  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup Crisco
  • ½ of one egg, beaten
  • Cold water
  • 1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 2 well beaten eggs
  • 1½ tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon dark molasses
  • ¾ cups of evaporated milk and water (1/2 of each)


  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Stir together flour, salt, baking powder. Cut in Crisco. Beat an egg, and use one half of the mixture. Add cold water to the egg until it measures ¼ cup. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Add more flour if necessary. Roll out and place into pie dish. Mix all the ingredients for the pumpkin filling together, and pour in pie shell. Bake for 50-55 minutes.

About Author

Living in Denver, Colorado, with family in Jackson Hole, Izzy Haggar is a 16 year old with a passion for cooking and food. After learning how to cook from her grandmother, Izzy took notes about food on her recent travels, including living six months abroad in Ireland. She cooks dinner for her family almost every night, and hopes to continue to travel the world in pursuit of good eating.

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