Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin pie in the pumpkin

We all have family traditions. Some we don't do conscsiously but do repeat them every year. Some are intentional.
When children come into the family through adoption as older kids this can be tough for them. It is like when you go out to eat with a group of friends who know each other better than you do. They all do the "remember when" thing, make inside jokes and you sit there feeling a little awkward.

I think it is important to begin new traditions when we adopt and I still add others when I find them. Here is a good one. A friend gave me this on Facebook. Thanks Juanita!! Cut the recipe in half if the pumpkin is 5-8 lb. Make sure you put it on a cookie sheet. We ate the first half as a desert and I've been adding some of it in pancakes and such too.YUM

1 5-8 lb. pumpkin (make sure it is a baking pumpkin which is a little darker shade)

6 eggs

2 1/2 C whipping cream (I used sweetened condensed milk)

3/4 C brown sugar

2 tbsp. molasses

1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. unsalted butter

Cut the lid from pumpkin as you would for making a jack-o-lantern. Remove pulp and seeds from pumpkin, scraping quite clean. Save seeds for toasting later, if desired. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and add the cream, sugar, molasses, and spices. Beat smooth and pour into the pumpkin shell. Dot with butter and replace lid. Set pumpkin on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 2 hours oruntil the mixture has set up like a custard pie. Time will vary with size of pumpkin.Serve directly from the pumpkin and instruct diners to be sure to take a bit of the shell with each scoop. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.Serves 6-12, depending on size of pumpkin.


peggysue said...

That's a really great idea, and so true too. When we adopted our daughter she had no traditions to bring with her, so has grown into ours, but when I remarried and my new husband was with us for our first Christmas, all of our traditions made him feel left out. Even hanging the ornaments on the tree! Because each one was accompanied by a memory of where and when we acquired it . . . so for a child this would be big time feeling left out.

marythemom said...

Yummy! You say use a 5-8lb pumpkin, but then say cut the recipe in half if you use a 5-8lb pumpkin. I'm confused.

We came up with some new traditions for holidays too, but kept some of the old ones that all the kids really like. When we were little, my parents always let us open 2 gifts on Christmas Eve. One was a present (because we couldn't wait - this stopped as we got older), and one was from "Nana" whom I had never met (I think she was my great Aunt). "Nana's gift" was always a pair of PJs to be worn Christmas Eve. I love this tradition and now include a book too. None of my kids, bio or otherwise know who Nana is, but this is a tradition they don't want to stop.

Great post!

Mary in TX

Mike and Christie said...

That sounds DELICIOUS!
I feel a link coming on. :)