Editor's note: Last fall, NPR's Maanvi Singh embarked on a months-long quest to find her ideal pumpkin pie recipe. As she discovered, there's a lot of science involved in getting the crust and filling just the way you like it. To celebrate Pi Day, we reprise this story, first published last December.
It was the best of pies, it was the worst of pies. I have baked many, many, many pies.
And when I first began making pumpkin pies this autumn, my results were at best inconsistent and, at worst, disastrous.