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Today (December 25, 2019) is National Pumpkin Pie Day as well as Christmas Day in the United States. The traditional American dessert has graced our tables in the fall and winter since the 17th century and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon.

Who invented the pumpkin pie?

Image Bank: There are several quotes from the inventor of the pumpkin pie, but one thing is for sure; it’s a traditional American dessert.

Did you know that the word “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word meaning “big melon”? According to What’s cooking America, the word – pepon – was changed by the French to “pompon” and the English pronounced it as “pumpion” or “pompion”.

There are many theories as to how pumpkin pie was invented or how it started to become a tradition. What’s cooking America writes that the Native Americans of New England would give pumpkins to new English settlers as a gift, which ultimately led to the pumpkin becoming a traditional Thanksgiving ingredient.

Later in the 17th century, a French chef called François Pierre la Varenne published a cookbook titled The True Cook François (The real French cook), which featured the first pumpkin pie recipe with the crust, according to the book The history of food.

This differed from the method used by American settlers at the turn of the century because they could not create a crust. They actually put ingredients, including fruit and milk, into a ripe pumpkin.

Another British cookbook, The accomplished cook, published in 1685, also featured an early version of the recipe. It was called “Pumpion pie”, depending on how things work.

Then, in 1796, an American cookbook was published by Amelia Simmons, featuring a recipe that would be the first recipe that matches today’s pumpkin pie.

According to What’s cooking America, the book, American cuisine, featured two “Pompkin Pudding” recipes that used cream, eggs, sugar, mace, nutmeg, ginger and other ingredients.

How to make a pumpkin pie?

Today’s pumpkin pie is available at many ready-made stores or bakeries, but making one at home has never been easier. Most recipes use sugar, cinnamon, ginger, eggs, pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, and cream (for serving).

For vegans who love Instagram, The minimalist baker, created a vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie using just 10 ingredients. The recipe is available on his blog or readers can watch the video below.

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