Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Crunch and Bourbon-Maple Whipped Cream

Ben Fink


For the cinnamon crunch

  • 1/2 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup  quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 Cup  light muscovado sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 7 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, cold

For the crust

  • 2 Cups  graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • large egg, lightly beaten

For the filling

  • large eggs
  • large egg yolks
  • 3/4 Cups  dark muscovado sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons  molasses
  • 1 1/2 Cup  canned pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon  ground cinnamon, plus more for the top
  • 1 Teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  ground cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  fine salt
  • 1 Cup  heavy cream
  • 1/2 Cup  whole milk
  • 1/2  vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted

For the bourbon-maple whipped cream

  • 1 1/4 Cup  heavy cream, very cold
  • 1/2  vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved
  • 2 Tablespoons  grade B maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tablespoon  bourbon

Bobby Flay is known for taking things to the next level, especially when he's competing in his throwndowns. This pumpkin pie has a cinnamon-flavored graham cracker crust and rich filling that with muscovado sugar that redfines the standards of a pumpkin pie. To top it all off (literally), he smears bourbon-maple whipped cream all over his pie and finishes it with a sprinkle of cinnamon-flavored oats. 


For the cinnamon crunch

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour, oats, muscovado sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor, and process a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until combined. Pat the mixture evenly into a 4-inch square on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove and let cool. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into small pieces. 

For the crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degress. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until combined. Press evenly onto the bottom and sides of a 10-inch pie plate. Brush with the beaten egg. Bake until light golden brown and firm, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. 

For the filling

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.

To make the filling, whisk the eggs, egg yolks, both sugars, and the molasses together in a medium bowl. Mix in the pumpkin purée, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Whisk in the heavy cream, milk, and vanilla seeds or extract. Strain the mixture through a coarse strainer into a bowl. Whisk in the butter.

Place the pie plate on a baking sheet, pour the pumpkin mixture into the shell, and sprinkle additional cinnamon over the top. Bake until the filling is set around edges but the center still jiggles slightly when shaken, 45 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. 

For the bourbon-maple whipped cream

Combine the cream, vanilla seeds, maple syrup, and bourbon, to taste, in a large chilled bowl, and whip until soft peaks form. Cut the pie into slices and top each with a large dollop of whipped cream and some of the cinnamon crunch. 


Reprinted with permission from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown! By Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Miriam Garron, copyright © 2010. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.


Calories per serving:

1,058 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 70g 108%
  • Carbs 96g 32%
  • Saturated 37g 184%
  • Fiber 4g 15%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 53g
  • Monounsaturated 19g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 12g 24%
  • Cholesterol 324mg 108%
  • Sodium 626mg 26%
  • Calcium 197mg 20%
  • Magnesium 54mg 14%
  • Potassium 400mg 11%
  • Iron 4mg 25%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 322mg 46%
  • Vitamin A 922µg 102%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 4%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 25%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 98µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 10%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin K 51µg 63%
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