Preheat your oven to 425°F.
Add the sugars, salt, spices and lemon zest into a bowl and mix.
Beat the eggs and add them to the bowl.
Now add your homemade pumpkin puree! Mix well.
Add the can of evaporated milk to the rest of the ingredients and mix well again.
Roll out your favorite homemade pie crust and line your pie plate with the dough. Fill with pumpkin pie filling.
Bake the pie at 425°F for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 350°F and bake an additional 40 – 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out fairly clean. (If you wait until the knife comes out perfectly clean, the pie will be overdone.)
Cool the pie on a wire rack for a couple of hours to allow it to set completely. (Or at least until it’s mostly set and no longer hot enough to burn your mouth.)
Want to make this pumpkin pie even better? Top it with whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. Yeah, I know — it just keeps getting better and better.
Karen Bertelsen is a Gemini Award nominated television host who has appeared on some of Canada's major networks including HGTV, W Network, Slice and MuchMoreMusic. She started the blog The Art of Doing Stuff (www.theartofdoingstuff.com) as a creative outlet for her writing and endless home projects. The Art of Doing Stuff now receives over half a million views per month and has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Style at Home and Canadian Gardening magazines.