Should Pumpkin Pie Be Jiggly in the Middle?

(Last Updated On: November 21, 2014)

Alton Brown's Pumpkin Pie

In order to develop a successful blog, you need to know what is bringing your readers to your site to begin with. Once a month I like to see what has been bringing people in. I do this using Google Analytics – one of the best tools available for anyone that runs a website. I was researching what key words or phrases brought readers to the site around Thanksgiving. One of the things someone typed into a search engine last season was the question “Should Pumpkin Pie Be Jiggly”. I thought that would be a great question to fully address this year.

Should Pumpkin Pie Be Jiggly?
So you pull your pie out of the oven, because you think it’s done. Your heart is then struck with terror, the center is still somewhat jiggly. Your fear over serving a raw pie to your guests, start to overcome you. You reach to put that pie back into the oven. Then hopefully after reading this post you hear my voice inside your head telling you to stop! Instead of being fearful you should be rejoicing. If your pumpkin pie is set on the edge, yet the center is still just a bit jiggly, then you have cooked your pie to perfection. If there is a best pumpkin pie contest you can enter into, you might want to start clearing off your trophy case.

As your pie cools, the center will firm up. You will avoid a dry overcooked filling that may crack on you – nobody wants to bring a cracked pie to Thanksgiving dinner. You have to treat your pie like you would if you were baking cookies. If a cookie looks completely done in the oven, it will be burnt when it’s cool enough to eat. This is because things don’t immediately stop cooking when you remove them from an oven. There is carry over heat. This is especially true with large chunks of meat (prime rib, turkey, etc). Smaller things still do have a carry over effect, just for a short period, enough to burn cookies or overcook a pie.

My Favorite Pumpkin Pie
As a little added bonus I will share with you my favorite pumpkin pie recipe. It has got to be Alton Brown’s Pumpkin Pie. I love it with it’s ginger snap crust. The texture is spot on and with a little additional spice (cinnamon and clove), the flavor is exactly what I want.