Visual Cues Your Pumpkin Pie Is Done Baking

'Tis the season for all things pumpkin, and that includes pie. Is there anything cozier than watching the leaves fall while enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie, warm from the oven, paired with a hot cup of coffee? We don't think so. If you're a pumpkin pie fan too, you've likely got a tried-and-true family recipe that you whip out every autumn — and if you don't, we recommend trying this classic pumpkin pie recipe, which includes a fresh, zesty ingredient that may surprise you. 

However, the classic version is always a winner at any fall celebration. As a seasonal favorite, regular pumpkin pie is fairly easy for any novice home baker to prepare, as you can take shortcuts by using canned pumpkin and premade pie crust. Whether you're an expert baker or not, you can also use a few easy tips and tricks to tell when your pie is done baking to avoid overcooking it.

How to tell when your pie is done

While the knife test — inserting a knife into the center of your pie to see if it comes out clean — is perhaps the most well-known trick for determining whether or not your pie is done, try these tricks instead of slicing into your dessert. When your timer sounds, grab your oven mitts and gently shake the pie plate while it's still in the oven, as recommended by Southern Living. Does the pie appear firm around the edges, with a slight jiggle in the center? If so, it's done! Don't worry about a bit of movement in the middle, as the pie will firm up as it cools. If, however, the entirety of the pie still appears wobbly, it needs more time.

You can also use visual cues to know when your pie is done baking, as the filling will get a bit darker in color and the crust will appear browned when your pie is done baking, which is a good indicator it's time to take it out of the oven. If you're still unsure, you can also use your instant-read thermometer by inserting it into the filling, according to Better Homes & Gardens. The internal temperature of your pie should be at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit.