Whole Baked Pumpkin
Serves 4-5 generously
1 pumpkin (5-7 pounds), cleaned out and the top saved
2 cups whipping cream
½ cup brown sugar
1 T. molasses
½ t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
¼ t. powdered ginger
2 T. butter
Remove all but the bottom rack in your over. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all the ingredients with the exception of the butter. Fill the pumpkin with the mixture and top with butter.
Place pumpkin on a baking sheet and replace its top. Bake for 1 ½ hours or until firm like a custard.* If the top gets too dark, cover with tin foil.
To serve, spoon the custard and a bit of the meat of the baked pumpkin into a bowl.
This supposedly was the very first version of pumpkin pie.
*This really varies with your oven. It can take up to two hours.