Worth Repeating: Pie Pumpkin Pumpkin “Pie”

I posted this recipe some other time, but I wanted to post it again because kewl.

This adapted recipe comes from THE ART OF AMERICAN INDIAN COOKING by Yeffe Kimball and Jean Anderson, in the chapter on The Woodsmen of the East. This is one of the ways the English settlers learned to cook “pompions”, although they baked them in hot ashes rather than in an oven:

Baked Pumpkin

Cut off top of pumpkin and scoop out strings and seeds (save for the recipe linked below). Mix remaining ingredients and pour into hollow, brushing up onto sides. Put top back on. Put pumpkin on pie pan and bake at 350 F for 2 hours or so, basting with honey/cider mixture every 30 minutes or so. After 2 hours, poke flesh with fork to test tenderness. Continue cooking until done.

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about what to do with those seeds you scooped out.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about someone encountering a new food.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Worth Repeating: Pie Pumpkin Pumpkin “Pie”

  1. pm laberge

    November 20, 2018 at 7:14am

    I had never tried Pickled Herring. Now Noella liked it, and Mikael (My adopted Swedish brother.) had urged it. So I tried it. It was not bad, with a beer. So I overindulged. (Well, I DO have a reputation as a glutton, so this was needed.) Everything went fine … until I went to bed. Now, Pickled Herring, is very salty. And had considerable strong vinegar in it. What a miserable night! Vinegar heartburn, RAGING THIRST! And peeing rivers of salt. I did not sleep at all. Tt takes me a long time to fall asleep. And I was up every hour. A lesson learned, no?

    Imagine if some evil female spy had hidden pickled herring in say, an innocent meat pie. And some poor busterd ate it. A fate worse than death, but ah, Revenge is a dish best served cold. But none of us know anyone like that. So for tonight, Bond is safe.

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      Marian Allen

      November 20, 2018 at 7:54am

      LOL! I kinda suspect that pickled herring would announce itself at the first whiff of that meat pie. Oh! Maybe it was The Spy Who Came In With A Cold! And no, we don’t know any evil female spy. Surely you don’t mean to suggest that dear Steffie is EVIL, do you? She only uses her powers for good. Or, you know, whatever. heh

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      • pm laberge

        November 20, 2018 at 10:54am

        Well, if a spy did come in from the cold, said spy might have the sniffles. And after a brandy or 2, might not care. After a good helping of herring pork pie, he would have a “really good night”…. And in the morning, reveal all his secrets to Steffie, who would them use them only for good. Or Whatever, eh?

        I suggest lots of onions and spices too. A special recipe. With fresh Maple Syrup on the side. The Herring would go un-noticed, having been minced. Who ME, evil? Said Knievel!

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      Marian Allen

      November 20, 2018 at 3:54pm

      I made it once, and it WAS good, but I missed the pastry. Regular pie for me, thanks!

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