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Straight on shot of a slice of pumpkin meringue pie with pecan graham crust on a white plate next to a fork on a grey textured surface.

Pumpkin Meringue Pie with Pecan Graham Crust

  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1, 9 inch pie (10 servings) 1x


This maple-bourbon pumpkin pie goes so well with the salty, sweet pecan-graham crust. To put it over the top, add meringue and toast it up.




  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 6 full graham cracker sheets (~1 cup crumbs)
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • 115oz can pumpkin puree (or equivalent fresh puree)
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp bourbon, dark rum or brandy (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt


  1. Toast nuts: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pecans on a parchment lined baking sheet. Toast for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Cool. Leave oven on.
  2. Prebake crust: Add cooled pecans, graham crackers, sugars and salt to a food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs form. Drizzle in butter and pulse to combine. Pat graham mix along the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate. Prebake the crust for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool on wire rack. Reduce oven to 325°F.
  3. Reduce maple: Add maple syrup to a small pot. Bring to a simmer and cook about 3 minutes to thicken slightly. You should have about 2/3 of a cup of syrup remaining.
  4. Mix filling: In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sour cream, ginger, salt and spices. Whisk in cooled maple syrup. Whisk in eggs. Add cream, bourbon and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
  5. Bake: Carefully pour filling into cooled crusted. Gently knock on counter to pop any air bubbles. Bake on center rack of oven for 60-70 minutes or until mostly set with a very slight jiggle in the center. Start checking at 50 minutes, as all ovens are different. Cool on wire rack for several hours until room temperature.
  6. Make meringue: When pie is completely cooled, add egg whites, sugar and salt to the bowl of a standing mixer. Place on stove top over a pot filled with 2-3 inches of boiling water (this is a double boiler). Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk over heat until sugar is dissolved in egg whites, about 3 minutes. Transfer bowl to stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Increase to high and beat until glossy, about 6 more minutes.
  7. Top the pie: Spoon meringue over top of pie. Using the back of a spoon, press bottom layer slightly into pie to help meringue adhere. Top with remaining meringue. Decorate using an offset spatula or tool of choice. You may also apply the meringue using a piping bag.
  8. Torch it: Using a culinary torch, hold on a 90° angle 3-4 inches from pie and move back and forth until all of meringue is lightly browned.* Slice and enjoy!


The meringue was adapted from Martha Stewart.

The pumpkin filling was adapted from Bon Appetit.

As an alternative to torching the meringue, place pie under your broiler for a few minutes to brown, rotating if needed.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/10 of pie
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 41g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 7g

Keywords: pie, pumpkin, meringue, pecans, graham cracker