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Honey-Phyllo Pumpkin Pie

This dulcet, honeyed pumpkin filling is remarkably well suited to its brittle, buttery phyllo nest and candied walnut topping.

  • servings: 12


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 12 sheets phyllo, trimmed to 8 1/2-by-13 1/2-inch sheets, thawed if frozen
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • Walnut-Oatmeal Streusel
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey, plus more for serving
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves

Cook's Note

The pie should be eaten the day it is made; if it is refrigerated it will become soggy.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fold a piece of foil lengthwise to make a 2-inch-wide collar, and fit it around a 9.5- or 10-inch deep-dish pie dish, extending it 1/2 inch above dish. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Brush 1 sheet of phyllo with butter, and generously sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar and then with 2 tablespoons streusel over half the sheet. Fold in half from left to right. Brush top with butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Gently scrunch right side, and then fold back corners of left side to create a petal shape. Place phyllo in dish, pressing scrunched side into dish and tucking folded corners under (phyllo will not reach center). Repeat 13 times, overlapping sheets.

  3. Step 3

    Brush remaining phyllo sheets with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, and fold in quarters. Press into dish to cover bottom. Brush with butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.

  4. Step 4

    Bake until edges begin to turn gold, about 20-25 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Transfer dish to a rimmed baking sheet. Mix pumpkin, brown sugar, honey, eggs, milk, cornstarch, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and a pinch of cloves in a large bowl. Pour into crust. Tent edges with foil, and bake until center is set but still a bit wobbly, 60 to 65 minutes. Let cool in pie dish on a wire rack. Sprinkle with some streusel. Serve at room temperature with honey and remaining streusel.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2008

Reviews (3)

  • 20 Nov, 2013

    Delicious filling, but the crust instructions left me wondering. I made it up as I went along, but some pictures of the technique used in your test kitchen would've been helpful. I omitted the streusel in the interest of time, and just sprinkled a few pepitas on it instead. Honey and pumpkin are a delicious combination, and this recipe also lets the spices shine. Everyone loved it.

  • 12 Nov, 2013

    Larger picture please of how to do the phyllo crust-- I can't understand what the instructions are saying and can't see it in the tiny picture either.

  • 25 Nov, 2010

    Just made this for Thanksgiving, and it is the best pumpkin pie I've ever had! Phyllo dough is beyond aggravating to work with, but if you get past that, you will be very happy. Mmmm.