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Cracked Caramel Pumpkin Pie

A thick coating of thick, amber colored caramel, which will harden when cooled, covers our Cracked Caramel Pumpkin Pie. Tap it with a spoon to shatter into pieces before cutting slices.


  • 1/2 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.
  2. Cook milk in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in pumpkin.
  4. Stir in 1 cup whipping cream and next 4 ingredients until smooth. Pour into crust.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F on bottom oven rack for 40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Chill 8 hours.
  6. Cook 3 tablespoons water, corn syrup, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 300 degrees F (hard-crack stage).
  7. Pour immediately over pie, and quickly spread mixture with a metal spatula. Let stand 2 hours before serving.
  8. Tap hard sugar topping with back of a spoon to crack.
  9. Beat remaining 1 cup whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Serve with pie.

Source: Southern Living magazine