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WATCH: Johnson’s Bakery in Duluth makes hundreds of holiday pies

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 2:12 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - The holidays are here and that is often celebrated with food.

Pumpkin pie in particular is perhaps one of the most popular pies of the Thanksgiving season.

The KBJR 6 Today team got some tips and tricks on how to make a standout pumpkin pie from none other than the historic Johnson’s Bakery in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Johnson’s Bakery will celebrate its 76th year of business in January 2022.

Owner Scott Johnson shared his family’s baking secrets with KBJR 6′s Samantha Basirico, Kendall Jarboe, and Hunter McCullough.

“When we’re making a pumpkin pie, typically we need pumpkin first, so we’ll put pumpkin in the bucket first,” Johnson said.

Some important spices that go into Johnson’s pumpkin pies include salt, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

“To get the right blend of the flavors, you really need to be pretty precise,” Johnson said. “In the first stage, I just kind of blend, make sure that corn syrup and the spices and the pumpkin puree all get blended together really well.”

Each batch makes about nine pies and requires an entire gallon of milk.

Johnson’s Bakery also makes its own crust for all of the pies.

Johnson fills the pie shell half full before moving them to the oven.

Once inside, he tops off the rest so the mixture does not spill during transportation.

“The pumpkin is probably the one that’s kind of, to me, making it so it sets up and comes out right is maybe the most difficult,” Johnson said.

The pies cook in the industrial oven for about one hour and ten minutes.

While it is too late to pre-order a Thanksgiving pie from Johnson’s Bakery this year, there is still plenty of time to get your order in for a Christmas pie.

The best way to do that is by calling the store at 218-727-1889.

The store is located at 2230 West 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806.

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