My great grandma was the BEST cook.
Every holiday at our family gatherings, our countertops are FULL of food. I’m talking all the works; turkey, ham, potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, and about 3 desserts on average, and it’s all homemade. When my great grandma (Grandaddy’s mom) was alive and able to cook, she made sure that was the case at every family meal. When grandma used to cook for us, I was too young to recognize and appreciate it. When I finally got to the age where I wanted to learn to cook like her, it was too late. My grandma died at 93 years old when I was 16. I miss her so much, and I would love to have just one more chance to be in the kitchen with her during the holidays to watch and help her do what she loved.
Every single year, without fail, my grandma would make me one of her famous pumpkin pies for my birthday. Even when she was sick or tired, she always made sure I had a pumpkin pie for my birthday because she knew it was my favorite. I looked forward to that every single birthday. When she went into the nursing home about 3 and a half years ago, I eventually had to let go of those pumpkin pies I would get every year. Now I only get them at Christmas and thanksgiving (made by my Grandaddy or aunt), and they are still delicious. But not being able to get one from grandma every year hurts my heart!
I came across a box of old index cards FULL of recipes when we were cleaning out my Grandaddy’s house. At first, I thought it was just something my Granny had collected as a gift from one of her church members (she doesn’t cook much), but when I looked at a recipe I recognized my grandmas handwriting. I immediately stopped what I was doing, sat down, and looked through every single one of those index cards. It was like grandma was saying hi to me through those recipes! In that box, I found her pumpkin pie recipes and told myself this is the year I would make one of her pies.
The recipe makes two 9″ pies, and it’s so easy to make! All I did was mix up all the ingredients, stuck them in frozen pie crusts and baked them for 40 minutes. Of course you could always make your own pie crust and I’m sure it would make it 10 times better. I’d like to try that some day!
I hope you guys enjoy this as much as my family does! Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!
Grandma's Pumpkin Pie
Author: Madison Weaver
Recipe type: Dessert
- 2 (9 inch) frozen or refrigerated pie crusts
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 15 oz can pure pumpkin (not the filling)
- 1 small box of instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 tall can evaporated milk or 1⅔ cup
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all above ingredients. Spread in pie crusts. Bake for 40-45 minutes.