Traditional South African Pumpkin Pie

Traditional South African Pumpkin Pie

My Traditional South African Pumpkin Pie

Today I want to share with you one of my most famous recipes. Traditional South African Pumpkin Pie.

This is not your traditional Pumpkin Pie which the US usually eat to celebrate 4th of July Thanks Giving but my traditional South African version of Pumpkin Pie.

It is super easy to prepare and it uses very few ingredients. This dish goes well with most meals although in South Africa my family and friends always request my pumpkin pie for a good old Braai. Or as the rest of the world would say a BBQ. You can eat this served hot or cold.

This recipe is a keeper in the fridge for 2 days covered, although there won’t be any left. Yes, that’s right it lands up in those tummies really fast.

My South African Traditional Pumpkin Pie also freezes well. I would advise to use it within 1 month of freezing though. You can reheat it in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes.

There are two ways to enjoy this pie.

  1. With any dinner, chicken, turkey, meat, pork etc.
  2. As a DESSERT (yes you heard right as a dessert) everyone reckons it would go great served with cream and vanilla ice cream. It has a light fluffy texture almost like a cake and best of all it is super easy to make. You can use butter, oil or half butter and half oil. I personally think it comes out best when made with butter. Gotta love dishes made with butter!!!

So easy to make that the kids can do it. Better yet they will eat that pumpkin and want more.  I guarantee it. Even those picky adults who don’t like to eat pumpkin will go crazy for another piece.

So, are you ready to make a super easy flop proof Traditional South African Pumpkin Pie? I bet you are… go on WOW your family and friends with this recipe. Don’t forget to let us know if you’ve tried it. We love to hear back from you.


½ cup sugar (I don’t like it too sweet)

150g melted butter or ½ cup oil

3 eggs

5ml salt

1 cup of self-raising flour sifted

3 cups of grated pumpkin (I like to use the grater attachment for my food processor


Preheat oven to 180 deg. Mix together sugar and butter or oil, mix together eggs and salt and then add it to butter-sugar mixture. Add flour and grated pumpkin and mix well. Place mixture in a rectangular greased oven bake pyrex dish Bake for 45min. Do not over brown. Once out the oven sprinkle with cinnamon.  Serve hot or cold. As is with cream or ice-cream.

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  1. I am excited to give this recipe a try. I do not like traditional pumpkin pie, but my family does. It is not that I do not like pumpkin because I like pumpkin bread. So, I think this could be a good compromise for the holidays. I can not wait to read the rest of the recipes. I have added this site to my favorites. Thank you for taking the time to share. Have a great day.

    • I am so excited you are going to try this recipe I look forward to hearing what you think about it.

  2. Hi Kay, that sounds like it would be easy to make, and it also sounds like it is delicious too. I may have to have a go at this one. Pumpkin pie is not seen much here in the UK or if it is I have never seen it or tasted it.

    Thanks for the idea,

    • Hi Frank, when I was in the UK I made it for my family and they were blown away. My cousin just could not get enough of it. When he came to South Africa to visit me he insisted that I make it, again and again, he even left here with the recipe so he could make it himself. I hope you enjoy it.

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