Baked Whole Pumpkin Recipe -

Baked Whole Pumpkin

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"This is one of our family's Thanksgiving dinner favorites, a custard-filled pumpkin that looks quite impressive on the holiday table (From Breaking Bread: A Family History Preserved By Seven Sisters)."

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Original recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cut the lid off the pumpkin and remove the seeds.
  3. Combine the eggs, whipping cream, brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Pour mixture into the pumpkin shell and top with the butter. Replace lid on pumpkin and place in a baking pan.
  4. Bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until mixture has set like a custard. Allow to cool and serve right from the pumpkin at the table, scraping some of the meat from the pumpkin wall with each serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 05, 2003

This dish tasted a lot like flan, and the pumpkin added a real nice touch. It took a little longer to bake and set than the recipe called for. I recommend taking off the pumpkin lid, my custard didn't set until I did.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2003

I had a lot of trouble with this recipe. Although I followed the directions to the letter, the custard never solidified at all. As a matter of fact, I even cooked the pumpkin as long as possible (without it disentegrating) and still the custard did not form! The pumpkin seemed to make an excellent insulator against the heat of the oven. I had to end up pouring the custard mixture into a saucepan, and cooking it that way. Then I returned it to the pumpkin. It did make a lovely centerpiece on the dinner table, and I enjoyed it very much. However, some friends were turned off when I scooped some of the pumpkin onto their plate and they would only eat the actual pumpkin. All the kids loved it though! Overall: Yummy but too much work. I will try thinning the pumpkin more next time, in hopes of improving the cooking time. Yes, I will try it again! If still no luck, I will stick to pumpkin pie.


14 Ratings

Dec 06, 2005

Gorgeous! Finished cooking in microwave as pumpkin was cooked but custard not set! It was however gorgeous, the custard did not look grey as I grated my nutmeg myself instead of using ready grinded one which may be responsible for the grey custard some had. Pumpkin started to slpit as it had to cook so much more for custard to set so I presented it with a pretty sash tied round it an no one noticed the problem. I will in future start cooking the custard in a pan and put semi-set in pumpkin. Also I recommand cooking the lid separately, upside down on the baking sheet as it seems partly responsible for custard taking so long to set. On the whole I strongly recommand this recipe, it was a hit here in France and dinners ate the whole lot!

Nov 26, 2004

It LOOKED impressive, but that's all you can say about this recipe. It took an hour longer to bake than recipe calls for and custard was an unappetizing gray. Find a better use for your pumpkin!

Feb 24, 2006

Be careful to lift the top off from the flesh, not the stem; it's easy to break it off and it's so pretty served with that stem on! Friends fought to take home the leftovers. I baked it an extra 20 minutes; leave yourself ample time! Very egg-y but we loved it as dessert!!

Oct 04, 2004

This was very good. I actually give it 4-4.5 stars for taste, but the presentation is so nice that I had to give it 5 stars. The custard looked a just little greyish to me, and it took longer to cook than expected. I wonder if anyone has used 1/2 milk and 1/2 cream? I'll make it again, it's too pretty not to.

Oct 18, 2003

Fast, easy, fun and delicious! The kids loved it, but not quite as much as I did! Thanks for making one of your family traditions one of ours. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Oct 29, 2003

I was worried about the custard not solidifing but it did, was tasty and pretty


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  • Calories
  • 426 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 257 mg
  • 86%
  • Fat
  • 31.3 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 8.5 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 641 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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