I believe in ghosts. Ghosts are as much a part of Halloween as are pumpkins. On Trick or Treat night it’s easy. I just grab an old sheet, cut out two eye holes, drape the sheet over me, put my glasses back on and bingo! I’m a ghost. It is important to use a plain white sheet. No plaids or colored sheets or Spiderman sheets. They just make you look like an idiot on the prowl for free candy.
Ghosts can be friendly or ghosts can haunt. It just depends on their level of rank in the social universe of ghostliness. No one knows how these levels of rank are achieved because you must be dead first. So I’ll get back to you on that when I find out.
There have been many famous ghosts throughout the ages. Casper the Friendly Ghost, Jacob Marley and Bloody Mary are a few. There have also been some famous pumpkins in history. The Great Pumpkin, Pumpkinhead from the movie of the same name and the Pumpkin Patch kids come to mind.
Jack o’ Lanterns are as much a part of Halloween as ghosts. They’re fun to carve, even more fun to smash with a blunt instrument and they are good to eat in several concoctions.
So when it’s all over and the candy has been devoured, get a jump start on Thanksgiving and make the family a pumpkin pie.
Happy Halloween everybody.
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
2 Cups Pumpkin Pulp Purée from a Sugar Pumpkin
1 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Sugar
Pinch of Salt
2 Eggs plus the Yolk of an Egg
2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Ginger
1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp. Cloves, Ground
1/4 Tsp. Cardamom
1/2 Tsp. Lemon Zest
1 Good Crust
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Mix sugars, salt, and spices, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Stir in cream. Whisk all together until well incorporated.
Pour into pie shell and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes reduce the temperature to 350°F. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Note that the pumpkin pie will come out of the oven all puffed up (from the leavening of the eggs), and will deflate as it cools.
Serve with whipped cream.