Tarte à la Citrouille Sainte-Marthe

Pumpkin Pie St. Martha

Pumpkin Pie St. Martha

July 29: Feast Day of St. Martha

St. Martha is the patron saint of cooks! She tried her best to be the “hostess with the mostess” and hospitable to the holiest of house guests, Jesus, and was upset that her sister, Mary, didn’t offer much help with the preparations (Luke 10:38-42). St. Martha appears again in Scriptures serving dinner in the Lord’s honor just two days before His Last Supper (John 12:2).

We can relate to the ever-dutiful St. Martha wanting to make sure our family and guests are well fed. But we need to be reminded that we should be nourished not only physically but spiritually as well—as we do not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deuternomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4).

Now taste and see the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 34:8) and make some mini pumpkin pies for the Feast Day of St. Martha.


(Adapted from Cooking with the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf)


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin purée, unsweetened
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 ½ envelopes) gelatin/gélatine
  • pie crust, pre-baked (we used Keebler brand graham cracker Ready Crust minis)


Remove the pie crust from its packaging and bake according to the manufacturer’s directions. For the mini-pie crusts we used for this recipe, we brushed egg whites on them and baked in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for five minutes to seal in the graham cracker crumbs and give it a little shine. Let the crusts cool while preparing the pumpkin pie filling. Whip the egg whites until peaks form and then add 1/3 cup of sugar until stiff and shiny. Set aside.

Pumpkin Pie St. Martha

In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with 1/3 cup of sugar. Blend in the pumpkin purée, milk, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger and  nutmeg, mixing until smooth. Pour the mixture into a double boiler and cook for about five minutes or until the mixture thickens. In a cup, dissolve the gelatin into the cold water and stir. Add this to the pumpkin mixture and mix until smooth.

Pumpkin Pie St. Martha

Let the pumpkin mixture cool to room temperature. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites. Pour the mixture into the pie crusts. Refrigerate for at least four hours or until the pies are firm. Yield: Approximately one pie or a dozen mini pies.

Pumpkin Pie St. Martha


  • This recipe originates from Québec, Canada. See the French language recipe here.