Pumpkin Pie

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Canon of Vegetables

A Canon of Vegetables

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2007

  • About

This is the canonical dessert at Thanksgiving dinners, even though pie baking would have been beyond the technical possibilities of the Pilgrims in their first harvest season. Really a custard pie, it has a dense, throaty gravity to it.


  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (


  1. Combine the flour, the salt, and the lard, shortening, or butter in a large bowl. Cut the fat into the flour with a pastry blender or two dinner forks. Keep blending until the dough is well blended but not perfectly blended. The ideal is often said to look like oatmeal, little flecks of flour-covered fat.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the vinegar, water, and