October 5, 2020| By

Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Meringue

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Meringue is the pumpkin recipe you need! If you don't like pumpkin pie, this will absolutely change your mind!

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Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Meringue is a delicious way to celebrate Fall! This is not your traditional pumpkin pie. It's sweet and creamy with a hint of sage to really make your tastebuds say "WHOA"! What I love about this pie is that it combines everyone's beloved sage browned butter with a traditional pie that we all enjoy annually. Also, the spiced meringue on top is such a delightful addition. Needless to say, this pie will be a HUGE hit at your Thanksgiving table this year.

Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Meringue has a buttery crust that has hints of cinnamon and clove. The pumpkin center is buttery and creamy and filled with mascarpone and warm autumn spices. This pie is so decadent!

Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with plates and pumpkins in the background

I must say, developing this recipe was so much fun. I came up with this idea while making a sage browned butter chicken. The smell of sage browned butter is something that's out of this world. I thought to myself, "this could be both sweet and/or savory! Why not try this with pumpkin?". So, in the spirit of Fall, I did! And it worked out. Exceptionally well. Have you ever tried sage browned butter? If not, I totally recommend trying this recipe! But also, try sage browned butter with chicken or dip a piece of bread in it. 100% worth it.

Back to this pie and also this lovely pie dish. It's from Libbey! This dish is a part of a set of five dishes - a casserole dish with a lid, a 9x13 baking dish, aa glass mixing bowl, an 8x8 baking dish, and this pie dish. I LOVED baking this pie in the pie dish because the glass prevented the pie crust from sticking to the pan. Glass also conducts heat in a way that makes this line PERFECT for all of your baking needs! Glass allows heat to be distributed evenly allowing for your recipe to bake thoroughly across the dish. Have you ever made something and put it in the oven and it browned on one side and not the other? This is less likely to happen in these dishes! This set also retails at $34.99, which is an amazing price for such high quality dishes!

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sage browned butter pumpkin pie with spiced meringue

Did I mention how easy this recipe is? Everything from the pie crust to the custardy pumpkin filling are so simple to assemble! We start off by making the pie crust. Simply add flour, brown sugar, baking powder, spices, butter, salt, and water to a food processor. Roll the dough into a circle and press into a pie dish and freeze it until the custard is finished.

Then, in a skillet, brown the butter and the sage leaves. Let it cool for about ten minutes and then add vanilla extract, salt, more brown sugar, mascarpone (or cream cheese), egg yolks, cinnamon, and pumpkin with a pinch of ground sage. Mix the ingredients together and add to the pie crust. Bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour and ten minutes. Allow the pie to cool and then refrigerator overnight or freeze for 2 hours (either way works well).

Once the pie is set, all you have to do is make the spiced meringue which is easily one of my favorite parts! Use 5 egg whites for the meringue. Start by beating the egg whites until they are frothy and bubbly. Sloooowly add sugar and continue to whip. Whip until stiff peaks form and then add cream of tartar, cinnamon, all spice, and vanilla extract. It's SO good.

Simply add the meringue to the top of the pie and you're done! However, if you wanna take it to the next step, get a torch and flame the meringue for added drama. (Easily my favorite step of the entire process of developing this recipe!) And then eat it up! There's a few steps to this recipe but it's not difficult or technical at all.

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Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Meringue

Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Meringue is the pumpkin recipe you need! If you dont like pumpkin pie, this will change your mind!
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 300kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick salted butter, cold
  • 8 tbsp ice cold water
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 10 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground sage


  • Pie Crust: Add flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt to a food processor. Pulse for about 15 seconds. Add vanilla extract and butter, one tablespoon at a time. Then add ice cold water, one tablespoon at a time. Dough should form a ball.
  • Remove dough from food processor onto a well floured work surface. Use a rolling pin and roll dough into a circle. Gently press pie dough into pie dish and pinch the edges. Add to freezer.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Pumpkin Pie Filling: In a skillet over medium low heat, add butter and fresh sage leaves. Stir occasionally until butter becomes foamy and brown. Remove from heat and allow the butter to cool for ten minutes. Add vanilla extract, brown sugar, mascarpone, 15 oz can of pumpkin puree, egg yolks, cinnamon, sage, and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir in browned butter.
  • Remove pie crust from freezer and pour pumpkin filling into the crust. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Edges should be firm and the middle of the pie should be jiggly. Allow pie to cool and refrigerate overnight or freeze for 2 hours.
  • To make the spiced meringue, add 5 egg whites to a stand mixer and whip until eggs become bubbly and frothy. Add about ¼ cup to ½ cup of white sugar, one tablespoon at a time. As peaks become to form, add ½ tsp cream of tartar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp allspice, and a pinch of salt. Pour meringue onto the top of the pie and use a torch to singe the meringue and give it a crisp outer shell. (optional)
  • Eat!


Calories: 300kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    This pumpkin pie was amazing! The sage was the perfect addition. Was a huge hit with my family. Will be making this again! Thanks!!

  2. 5 stars
    That meringue was absolutely amazing! It took this pie to a whole different level l! Cannot wait to make it again.

  3. 5 stars
    The flavors of this pie are soo good and so complex! I love the sage browned butter and the spiced meringue! SOO good! I can eat this whole pie by myself

  4. 5 stars
    The sage was such a fantastic addition to this pumpkin pie! That, paired with the browned butter made it absolutely incredible!! I'm so glad I tried this early this year so that I can plan to make it again for the holidays!

  5. I can almost taste this recipe through my phone screen. I'm adding this to my Thanksgiving to make list. Can't wait to try it!

  6. 5 stars
    This was the magical slice of fall I never knew I needed. The merengue was an amazing addition to this, and sage gave it such a fragrant taste!

  7. 5 stars
    Incredible recipe. We made this last night and wow! I was skeptical because of the sage with the pumpkin but it was absolutely delicious. I couldn’t believe it honestly. Your recipes are always so different but so good in the best way. We will definitely be making this for our holiday parties!!!!!!

  8. 5 stars
    This pumpkin pie was not only beautiful, but so comforting and warm in flavor. Definitely a hit with my family.

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