Mamie Eisenhower’s Pumpkin Pie

Mamie Eisenhower’s Pumpkin Pie

Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (November 14, 1896 to November 1, 1979) was born in Boone, Iowa, but grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Denver, Colorado along with spending time at the family’s winter home in San Antonio, Texas.  Soon after completing her education at Miss Wolcott’s finishing school she met Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower.  On Valentine’s Day 1916, five months after the two met, he gave her a miniature of his West Point class ring to seal a formal engagement.

Mrs. Eisenhower was a gracious hostess and entertained an unprecedented number of heads of state and leaders of foreign governments.  She was noted for her outgoing manner, but guarded her privacy carefully as she suffered from Ménière's disease which is an inner ear disorder that affects one’s equilibrium. 

The First Lady was known as quite the penny pincher who clipped coupons for the White House Staff.  Her recipe for “Mamie’s Million Dollar Fudge” was reproduced by housewives all over the country after it was printed in many publications.  Here is Mrs. Eisenhower’s recipe for pumpkin pie, however. 


1 Baked Pie Shell

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Envelope Gelatin

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1 1/2 Cups Cooked Pumpkin

3/4 Cup Milk

3 Egg Yolks

3 Egg Whites

1/4 Cup Sugar

Mix the brown sugar, gelatin, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in top of a double boiler.  Stir in the pumpkin and egg yolks.  Add the milk.  Heat over boiling water until thick.  Cool until cold.  Beat the egg whites with granulated sugar until firm peaks form.  Fold into the pumpkin.  Pour into the baked pie shell.  Chill.  Top with whipped cream to serve.  Serves 8


    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a a young girl. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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