Indulgent Thanksgiving Treat: Milk Bar’s Caramel Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Indulgent Thanksgiving Treat: Milk Bar's Caramel Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This caramel pumpkin pie recipe should be the only dessert you make for Thanksgiving.

  • Pumpkin pie can be boring
  • Milk Bar’s Hilly’s Pumpkin Caramel Pie
  • Homemade caramel and white chocolate pumpkin ganache
  • Traditional whipped cream

This caramel pumpkin pie recipe should be the only dessert you make for Thanksgiving

There is only one dessert that is appropriate for Thanksgiving, and it’s pumpkin pie. Your traditional pumpkin pie recipe is normally pretty classic, and doesn’t have anything that is too special. It consists of pumpkin puree (Libby’s is the only brand I’ll use), eggs, dairy and an assortment of warm spices, like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove. I’ve even made a pumpkin pie one year that had caramelized honey, which was a nice addition to the normal recipe.

Milk Bar’s Hilly’s Pumpkin Caramel Pie

The recipe comes from Milk Bar, and if you know anything about the Milk Bar bakeries across the United States, you know it’s going to be a decadent recipe. They always elevate simples bakes into something that is out of this world. It’s called Hilly’s Pumpkin Caramel Pie, and it tastes exactly like it sounds.

Homemade caramel and white chocolate pumpkin ganache

The next step is making homemade caramel, which is the bottom layer of this pie. I was a little nervous making caramel without a candy thermometer, but the instructions in the recipe do a good job of explaining when you’re good to turn off the heat and add the butter and heavy cream. The salted caramel was so delicious, and I can’t believe how easy it was to make. I saved a little bit for myself so I could top ice cream with it!

The second layer is the white chocolate pumpkin ganache. I was a little hesitant about making a white chocolate ganache and mixing it with pumpkin, but the combination is really quite nice! You roast the pumpkin puree on a sheet pan for about 30 minutes (I’ve never seen this done before, but it was very easy), then mix the pumpkin with the white chocolate ganache, which was very easy to make.

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