While we associate pumpkin pie with American cuisine, recipes for pumpkin pie appeared as early as the 17th century. Originally they were called “pompion”, the French word for “pumpkin”, which suggests that the French created the first pumpkin pie recipes.
Non fat evaporated milk is the key to lowering the fat, but not comprising flavour. In 1899, EA Stuart, founder of Carnation, came up with a new process for canned, sterilized, evaporated milk. Long term storage of evaporated and condensed milk came in handy in times of war and the impoverished.