Recipes - Cakes

William Sonoma Kids Pumpkin Pie Baking Class

My daughter, Miya (6 yrs) loves to bake. I saw that William Sonoma had a kids baking class offered for Pumpkin Pie. I thought this would be a fun event we could do together and then bake a pumpkin pie for our Thanksgiving Dinner.

It was a terrible rainy day, but we made it there. We were the only ones signed up. I have never taken a cooking class there, but I imagined there was a small kitchen in the back that they held their cooking classes. Well that was not the case. The stove top and oven is in the middle of the store next to the cash registers. I am glad we were the only ones in the class because if there were anymore there would not be enough space. Throughout the demonstration there were customers also watching. I also imagined that each student would be making their own pie, but this was not the case. It was more of a demonstration then a class. Since Miya was the only one the instructor did let her help put some ingredients in.  Miya love cutting the shapes out with cutters that were later put on top of the pie. We made mini pies instead of  a big pie. I thought this was a fun idea to make individual ones for each family member at our Thanksgiving dinner. The instructor had baked a pie the night before and cut a two pieces for us to take home.  I don’t know why I thought we would get to take our pie home. They did not have any boxes for us to take the pieces of pie home. . They used paper plates and tin foil. It would be nice for them to have some boxes for the take homes. We were given a pie crust cutter set which included 5 fall shaped cutters. These are cute and can also be used for cookies. It retails for $22 in their store. If it were not for this freebie I would have been very disappointed in paying $30 for this “demonstration”. I do not really consider it baking class. But Miya had fun and it was another great memory created for us. The pie was delicious and we are going to make it this week for Thanksgiving. The recipe is below.

Pumpkin Pie

William Sonoma Pumpkin Pie


Prep Time: 30 minutes 

Cook Time: 105 minutes
Servings: 10

The traditional finale for a Thanksgiving dinner, pumpkin pie is the iconic fall dessert. Use decorative piecrust cutters to create leaves, acorns or other autumn shapes to top the pie for a dramatic finale to your Thanksgiving meal.


  • 2 rolled-out rounds basic pie dough
  • 4 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups (18 oz./560 g) pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup (3 fl. oz./80 ml) milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs. brandy
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream for serving


Transfer 1 of the dough rounds to a 9-inch (23-cm) deep-dish pie dish. Trim the edges, leaving a 1/2-inch (12-mm) overhang. Fold under the excess dough and, using your thumb, decoratively flute the edges. Using a fork, gently prick holes in several places on the bottom of the crust.

Using decorative piecrust cutters or a sharp paring knife, cut out leaves or desired shapes from the remaining dough round.

In a small bowl, beat 1 of the eggs. Brush the edges of the piecrust with the beaten egg, then arrange some of the cutouts on the edges, pressing them gently so they adhere. (Save the remaining egg wash.) Refrigerate the baking sheet with the remaining cutouts until ready to bake.

Freeze the pie shell for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, position a rack in the lower third of an oven. Place a baking sheet on rack and preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Line the piecrust with parchment paper or aluminum foil and fill with pie weights. Place the pie dish on the preheated baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the parchment and weights and bake until the crust is light golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Transfer the piecrust to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 30 minutes. (Leave the baking sheet in the oven.) Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).

Meanwhile, make the filling: In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add the flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves and whisk until smooth. Add the remaining 3 eggs and egg yolks and whisk until combined. Add the cream, milk, vanilla and brandy and whisk until smooth. Pour the filling into the cooled piecrust.

Place the pie dish on the preheated baking sheet. Bake until the filling is set, about 1 hour and 15 minutes, covering the edges of the crust with foil if they get too brown. Transfer the pie dish to the wire rack and let the pie cool completely, about 4 hours, before serving.

While the pie cools, bake the decorative cutouts: Brush the cutouts lightly with some of the remaining beaten egg. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to the wire rack and let cool.

To serve, decorate the top of the pie with the decorative cutouts as desired. Cut into slices and serve each with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Serves 10.


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