Pumpkins were first introduced to the Old World by the Conquistadores who brought the crop from North America. Pumpkins are native to North America. The Pilgrims brought the pumpkin pie to New England. Yet the English had different ways of preparing their pumpkin pies; Some English cooks made their pumpkin pies with apples, honey and spices. They took a hollowed pumpkin, cut a lid out and filled it with the honey and spices and cooked the whole pumpkin on hot ashes. This was the origins of the humble pumpkin pie. The word pumpkin originates from the French word pompian.
A famous poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, an American Poet, who was an advocate for obolition of Slavery, made pumpkin pie famous in the 1800's:
Ah! on Thanksday, when from East and from West, From North and from South comes the pilgrim and guest;
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored;
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before;
What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye,
What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?
By John Greenleaf Whittier
Pumpkin Pie is one of the foods traditionally eaten on Thanksgiving and is quissentially all- American.
1 short crust pie pastry
1 cup sugar (200 grams
1 tsp each:
Pinch of salt
Nutmeg or mace
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Evaporated milk 1- 12oz can
3 cups pumpkin puree
45 to 60 minutes
1 hour 10 minutes
1. Preheat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit (200 Centigrade) for 15 minutes, then turn down to 350 Fahrenheit or 175 Centigrade and cook the pie for an additional 45 minutes.
2. Into a large bowl mix pumpkin, evaporated milk spices. Break in eggs and mix the ingredients together thoroughly.
3. Pour into pie crust.
4. Bake in preheated oven as indicated above. Filling should be firm.
Serve with dollops of whipped cream.
*It is recommended that you blind bake the pie crust in a 350 Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes before adding filling. This will prevent a soggy crust.