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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”

  1. Cut open and scoop out the seeds and pulp from a small pie pumpkin
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together: -3/4 cup sugar -3 eggs plus 4 egg yolks -1/2 TBSP of vanilla extract
  3. -Whisk until smooth, then add: -2 cups heavy cream – 1tsp corn starch -pinch of salt.
  4. Whisk until smooth
  5. Pour into hollowed out pumpkin, leaving about one inch of room at the top
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then place tin foil loosely over the top of pumpkin, and bake for another 15 minutes
  7. Turn heat down to 375, place top of pumpkin on baking sheet, and bake for another 15 minutes
  8. Remove tin foil, and bake for 30 additional minutes
  9. Turn oven off, let custard/pumpkin cool for about an hour, then place in fridge for at least 6 hours, so custard can set
  10. Scoop custard out of pumpkin, and enjoy!