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QUESTION: How can I keep my pumpkin pie from cracking?

Every time I bake pumpkin pies, they crack in the center. How do you keep them from cracking? Am I leaving them in the oven too long?

ANSWER:

According to Libby's® Pure Pumpkin, the reason pumpkin pie cracks on top (or why the filling pulls away from the crust) is the oven rack may be too close to the top heating element in the oven. This can cause filling to 'skin' and crack as it bakes and to settle slightly when cooling and pull away from the crust. Another possible reason is over-baking. Try reducing cooking time by 5 to 10 minutes. Also, for best results, bake the pie on the middle oven rack position or in the lower third of the oven.

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