The First Pumpkin Pie (Sort Of)
1 medium pie pumpkin (about 5-7 pounds)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the top off the pumpkin and hollow it out, removing the seeds and stringy insides.
Stir together the salt and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Rub that mixture all along the cavity of the pumpkin. Put the pumpkin on baking sheet and roast it in the oven for 2 hours.
While the pumpkin bakes, whisk together the remaining ingredients. I like to keep the cinnamon stick, star anise and orange zest whole. It’s fun to find them in the finished custard and I like the way they perfume the pie.
Bring the pumpkin out of the oven and pour the uncooked custard inside its cavity. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake another hour. The custard should be set and the top should be brown. Let the pie cool for 30 minutes before serving in slices.