OK, I finally tried George Washington's Baked Whole Pumpkin. It was really easy to make (after cleaning the pumpkin) - just mix most everything up and pour it in.
But I had a hard time figuring out when it was ready to come out of the oven, as it wasn't really getting a custard-like texture (too wet).
Finally I did take it out, when it seemed like it had firmed up enough not to be soupy. BUT - when I dug into the filling with a spoon, I discovered that it had separated into two distinct layers (about 1/2 and 1/2 of the pumkin, volume-wise).
The bottom layer was almost jello-like in texture, but opaque off-white (I guess from the cream and egg). The upper layer was brown and spicy, with the sugar and spices in it - but not jello-like.
I did think I mixed up the ingredients well enough, using a hand-mixer.
Any thoughts on what could have gone wrong? It really seems like it will be delicious and have a great presentation, if I can get it right.
(Thanks so much!) <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />