Sometimes it seems like time passes by more quickly than others. I made this recipe last year around this time, but never managed to get it all written up and edited to share with you before autumn was over, so here I am sharing it when it’s seasonally appropriate once again. It is pumpkin season, after all, and there’s no better way to soak up all it’s glory than in pie-form with this creamy pumpkin meringue pie, and a buttery crisp graham cracker crust.

Pumpkin Meringue Pie with a Graham Cracker CrustThis summer felt especially long and hot with all the fires and smoke, so I’ve been particularly enamored with the autumnal turn the weather and garden have taken. The path on my morning run is blanketed with a lattice of gold and red leaves, the air is cold and crisp, and the squash at the market are in full-form in every shape, size, and color imaginable. I’ve been slowing down to soak up and enjoy every moment of it, but there’s lots of projects on the horizon due to the upcoming holiday season, so I’m going to have to get back up to full speed pretty soon, unfortunately.

Pumpkin Meringue Pie with a Graham Cracker CrustI feel like this happens every fall, where the start of it feels so wonderfully slow and relaxed, and then work starts up again the closer the holidays get. I guess you just have to appreciate those slow moments when you can. Working in the food realm means that the late fall is the busiest time of year, since that’s when everyone is cooking and a lot of companies need photos + recipes developed, so I’ll probably always have a busy fall towards the middle and end. But at least I got to slow down and enjoy the beginning 🙂 And heaven knows I’ll be slowly down and savoring this pumpkin meringue pie again when Thanksgiving comes ’round. And if you’ve got pumpkin pie on the brain, I have another, more caramel-y, pumpkin pie recipe for you, too.

Pumpkin Meringue Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

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Pumpkin Meringue Pie with a Hazelnut Graham Cracker Crust

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin pie
Servings 12 servings


Hazelnut and Graham Cracker Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup hazelnut meal
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and hard
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon flake sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup creme fraiche at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Italian Meringue

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Hazelnut and Graham Cracker Pie Crust

  1. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, flour, hazelnut meal, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Cut the butter into small pea-sized pieces above the bowl, stopping to stir and coat the butter bits in the flour mixture every few minutes.
  2. Pinch the mixture together with your fingertips until it resembles the texture of damp sand. Add the egg and stir, and add the water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing it with a fork, until the dough just holds together when you squeeze a fistful of it in your hand. Press the dough into a greased deep-dish 10-inch wide and 1.75-inch deep tart shell or a greased 9-inch wide 2-inch deep pie pan to form the crust. Poke the bottom with a fork and place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the interior of the tart crust with foil, place the pan on a lipped baking sheet, and par-bake for 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and creme fraiche at medium-low speed until smooth. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined, then add the maple syrup, butter, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, add the dry ingredients, and mix until combined, stopping to scrape down the inside of the bowl as needed.
  3. After par-baking the crust, remove the foil from the crust and pour in the filling. Place the pan on the lipped baking sheet in the lowest rack of the oven and bake until the edges are set but the center is still a bit wobbly, about 35 to 45 minutes. Do not over-bake or the pumpkin custard will crack. Remove the pie from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature (the center of the pie will continue to cook as it cools).

Italian Meringue

  1. Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium low heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and wait until the syrup reaches 235 degrees Fahrenheit, making sure to NOT stir the mixture.
  2. While the syrup is boiling, beat the egg whites in the very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment at medium high speed until there's little bubbles at the top of the egg white mixture. Add the cream of tartar, then continue beating at medium high speed until soft peaks form. Stop the mixer until the syrup has reached the right temperature.
  3. When the syrup is ready, turn the mixer on medium high speed and begin adding the syrup to the egg white mixture in a thin steady stream. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until the meringue is glossy and holds a stiff peak.


  1. Spread the meringue on top of the pumpkin pie, and use a kitchen torch to brown the meringue. Or you can turn the oven on the broil setting, then place the pan in the oven and toast until the meringue is lightly golden, just a few minutes, keeping a **very** close eye so as not to burn them.

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