The Pilgrims' Idea Of Pumpkin Pie Was Startlingly Different

It was more of a pie IN a pumpkin.
11/18/2016 06:02am ET | Updated October 12, 2017

We love us some pumpkin pie. It’s one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. The pilgrims ― the original trendsetters ― were also fans of this custardy pie, but the pie they likely enjoyed looks very little like the one we bake up today.

For one, there was no crust ― it was baked inside the shell of the gourd. Two, there was a whole lot more pumpkin in it. And three, it took a lot longer to bake. But we have to admit, it looks delicious.

The folks behind the educational series How Does It Grow found an original pumpkin pie recipe and modernized it in the video above. Watch it ― and consider going with the real classic this holiday.

Or, stick to what you know with one of the recipes below.

1
Classic Pumpkin Pie
Lovely Little Kitchen
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2
Festive Pumpkin Pie
Sally's Baking Addiction
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3
Amaretti Pumpkin Pie
Love & Olive Oil
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4
S'Mores Pumpkin Pie
Love & Olive Oil
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5
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Averie Cooks
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6
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
Gimme Some Oven
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7
Streusel Pumpkin Pie
Cooking Classy
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8
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie
Averie Cooks
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9
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
Simply Recipes
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10
Mascarpone Pumpkin Pie
A Beautiful Mess
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11
Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Pie
Sally's Baking Addiction
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12
Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
Minimalist Baker
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13
Pumpkin S'mores Tart
How Sweet It Is
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14
Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Big Flavors Tiny Kitchen
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15
Pumpkin Spice Nutella Ice Cream Pie
Life, Love & Sugar
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16
Coconut Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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17
Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie
Something Swanky
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18
Pumpkin Pie Shortbread Bars With Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Willowbird Baking
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Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie With Honey Sweetened Meringue
Bakeaholic Mama
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