Pumpkins make beautiful Fall decorations.
What is October without a trip to the pumpkin patch to choose the best of the harvest?
We use Pumpkins inside and outside the house for Seasonal Spirit.
Until a few years ago I just threw those beautiful orange globes away or fed them to the squirrels. Then a head desk moment had me running to the internet to find the best way to cook them.
How to Roast a Pumpkin
Wash the pumpkin then cut it in half. Scoop out all the strings and seeds. Save the seeds.
Place the pumpkin cut edges down on a baking sheet. You will want to have an edge on it as these things get juicy. Cover the sheet with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours. Large pumpkins will take longer. You can tell they are done when a toothpick can easily go through the skin.
Let the pumpkin cool, then scoop the soft pulp from the skin with a spoon.
I like my pumpkin as a coarse mix so just use an old fashioned potato masher. If you prefer a finer texture you can press the mix through a ricer or use a food processor.
Freeze in 1 1/2 cup portions for pies and 3/4 cup portions for muffins.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
While your pumpkin is roasting wash the seeds and separate them from the strings. Lay them out on a tea towel to dry.
Once dry put the seeds in a bowl add a tablespoon of olive oil and your favorite seasonings.
Roast in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
These make excellent salad toppers.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup egg beaters or 2 eggs or 3 egg whites
- 3/4 cup pumpkin mash
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup white flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
Stir together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir until just combined. Spoon into muffin cups. This recipe will make 12 standard or 6 Texas size muffins.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes
I hope that you enjoy fresh roasted pumpkin as much as I do. This Pumpkin Cookie Recipe was published in a prior post.
Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe?
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