The perfect pumpkin pie is a delicate balance of flavors, textures, and temperatures. So, how do you know if your pumpkin pie is done? No, not like “done-done.” More like is it cooked through so the custard will set, and little chance of you getting sick from raw pie filling?
Most Americans prefer their pumpkin pies with a slightly soft center. To check for doneness, the crust should be golden brown, while the center will still have a little give when jiggled. If the internal temperature is 180°F and everything looks good, take your pie out of the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before serving.
How Do You Know When Pumpkin Pie Is Done?
Here are five signs that your pumpkin pie is done:
- The pie looks evenly cooked across the entire surface.
- The filling is still slightly jiggly in the center when nudged.
- The edges of the crust are golden brown.
- The filling should reach an internal temperature of 180°F (82°C) when tested with a food thermometer.
- You should be able to insert a knife into the center and have it come out clean.
What Temp Is Pumpkin Pie Done?
According to the FDA, “Requirement The pumpkin pie product must be baked to achieve an internal temperature of at least 180°F (82°C) at the coolest point in the product.”
The coolest point would be in the center of your pumpkin pie, so that is the best place to check its temperature.
How To Test Pumpkin Pie Doneness
The best way to check your pumpkin pie for doneness is by inserting a food thermometer in the center of the pie. When the temperature reads 180°F, it’s time to take your pie out of the oven.
But, if you don’t have a thermometer, there is a test that home cooks have been using for generations. The knife test!
Insert a knife into the center of your pie. If it pulls out mostly clean, your pumpkin pie should be done. If it’s completely clean, your pie has already been in too long, and you may end up with cracking or a watery pie as it sets.
While there is an element of risk that your pie isn’t completely baked with the knife test, it is pretty accurate, and I use it often for pies and cakes.
When To Take Pumpkin Pie Out Of Oven
You should take your pumpkin pie out of the oven when it reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that the custard is set and there’s no chance of getting sick from raw ingredients.
Don’t make the mistake of baking your pie longer if your temperature reading hits 180°F. If you do, you’ll most likely end up with an overbaked pumpkin pie.
It can be tempting if it looks too jiggly, but trust that it will finish cooking and set. If it doesn’t set, then there may be a problem with your recipe or ingredients.
What To Do Next
Once you’ve taken your pumpkin pie out of the oven, it’s best to place it on a wire rack to cool. This will help prevent the bottom crust from getting soggy.
We have a complete guide on how long to cool a pumpkin pie that will help you decide the timing and what to watch out for.
Once it’s cooled, you can then refrigerate your pumpkin pie or serve it immediately.
Pumpkin Pie Doneness FAQs
Is Pumpkin Pie Jiggly When Done?
Pumpkin pie should be slightly jiggly in the center and appear more firm towards the inner edges. This is because it will continue to cook and set as it cools.
Can You Overbake Pumpkin Pie?
Yes, you can overbake pumpkin pie. If it’s overcooked, the filling will be dry and crumbly. The best way to prevent this is to use a thermometer to check for doneness.
Why Did My Pumpkin Pie Crack?
Your pumpkin pie cracked because the filling was overcooked. This can happen if the oven temperature is too high or if the pie is left in the oven for too long. But don’t worry! Simply cover it with whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar, and no one will notice.
Why Didn’t My Pumpkin Pie Set?
Your pumpkin pie didn’t set because the filling wasn’t cooked long enough. Make sure to cook it until the internal temperature reaches at least 180°F (82°C).
Why Is My Pumpkin Pie Watery?
A freshly baked pumpkin pie is watery because the filling wasn’t cooked long enough. This can also happen if the ingredients weren’t properly measured or if too much liquid was used before adding it to the crust.