It’s time for another episode of Harvest History! In this episode, we are going to look at that most glorious symbol of fall in America, the pumpkin! We’ll go through a brief history of this crop’s dominance in the Americas, and then show you how to make a pumpkin pie the way early American settlers would- by baking a custard right there in the pumpkin! Give it a try with your family at home- trust us, it’s delicious!
Recipe for “Pie in a Pumpkin”
- Cut open and scoop out the seeds and pulp from a small pie pumpkin
- In a mixing bowl, mix together: -3/4 cup sugar -3 eggs plus 4 egg yolks -1/2 TBSP of vanilla extract
- -Whisk until smooth, then add: -2 cups heavy cream – 1tsp corn starch -pinch of salt.
- Whisk until smooth
- Pour into hollowed out pumpkin, leaving about one inch of room at the top
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then place tin foil loosely over the top of pumpkin, and bake for another 15 minutes
- Turn heat down to 375, place top of pumpkin on baking sheet, and bake for another 15 minutes
- Remove tin foil, and bake for 30 additional minutes
- Turn oven off, let custard/pumpkin cool for about an hour, then place in fridge for at least 6 hours, so custard can set
- Scoop custard out of pumpkin, and enjoy!