Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Recipes


Last Thursday, Kansas Dad and I baked a pumpkin. Well, I asked him to cut it in half for me because I was a little nervous to handle the knife myself. Then I baked and purred it. It made a lot! You can read a nice post on baking and processing your own pumpkin here. I mainly followed these instructions. I just baked them cut side down (no water or anything) in the oven for an hour at 350. The ice cream scoop mentioned on the Money Saving Mom post was much easier than a spoon, but I didn't bother cutting off the stem. It pulls right off after baking if it seems to be in the way. (All based on my vast experience with one pumpkin on Thursday and one today.)

I think Kansas Dad said we grew Connecticut Field pumpkins. They may not be the best for baking, but we've been enjoying everything so far. We've made:

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and Muffins from Whole Grain Baking (I modified the recipe and didn't like it as well as I remember. I'm going to try it again without modifications.)

Pumpkin Muffins which were light and fluffy. I topped them with turbinado cane sugar instead of the brown sugar mixture and they were delicious. (I keep it on hand for our sour cream blueberry muffins so it was easier than mixing something up for a topping.)

And the Ultimate Pumpkin Waffles, which really are tremendous. Mmm...

Of course we saved the seeds. I made the Fiery Pumpkin Seeds from How To Cook Everything and the Savory Seeds mentioned here.

First Son wouldn't try one, but here's First Daughter enjoying a pumpkin waffle:


There are lot of other recipes I want to try here and maybe this one, too. Oh, and these and this! I may also try out Money Saving Mom's pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

I've got pumpkins on the counter and on the floor and about twenty cups of puree in the freezer, so there will be lots of pumpkin for experimentation.

6 comments:

  1. Mmmmm .... that ALL sounds good!!

    In the last 3wks, I've bought 3 pumpkins. One just for pumpkin soup (recipe from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle book) ... and I ended up freezing 2 1/2qrts of that. The other two I pureed. I've got 7qrts in the freezer right now.

    Yesterday I made some Oatmeal Raisin Pumpkin cookies (with some adjustments to make it a bit healthier). HUGE hit.

    Anyway, thanks for those links ... besides pumpkin pie, I've never made much of anything with pumpkin so I've been on the lookout for recipes. I'm hoping to catch another good deal and get at least one more pumpkin to puree this season.

    Blessings!

    Brandy
    http://ladypilgrim.blogspot.com

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  2. I have a great recipe for a pumpkin chocolate marble cake that is moist and delicious. It does make a whole bundt cake, though, so you need guests for it unless you want to be eating tons of cake for a week! If you're interested, I can email you the recipe.

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  3. Mmmm. I love all things pumpkin. I printed out a couple of those recipes in the MSM post to try soon. I have a great muffin recipe that I think came from a link on MSM during one of her baking days - they're called Fall Comfort Muffins, and they use banana and pumpkin and chocolate chips.

    We often have pumpkin pancakes, but I don't think I've ever tried pumpkin waffles. I have an oatmeal waffle recipe that we like so much that I don't often try new ones.

    I also have a pumpkin cornbread muffin recipe that I like to make for dinner.

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  4. Brandy, thanks for stopping by! I copied down your cookie recipe to try, though I'll be leaving out the raisins because my husband is not a fan. (He always jokes that it's a cruel trick to put raisins in cookies because he expects chocolate chips.)

    Hilary, I'd love a recipe for pumpkin chocolate marble cake, even though I'm not sure when I'll use it. (We have tons of company coming for Thanksgiving, but also will have three pies already...)

    Tiffany, you should really give the pumpkin waffles a try. They were that good. But I'd still love to have your oatmeal waffle recipe. I love oatmeal in just about everything. I have about ten waffle recipes I'd like to try. They take a while to get through since we make them so rarely. (Kansas Dad and the kids prefer pancakes.) I haven't printed the MSM recipes, but I thought I might before I tackle more of those pumpkins.

    I told Kansas Dad we can grow more pumpkins next year. There are so many things you can make with them! (I even found a pumpkin lasagne recipe, but Kansas Dad wasn't feeling that brave.)

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  5. Yum! will give several of these a try :)

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  6. Okay, I needed to read this so I will get motivated to bake and puree a few pumpkins. Though we only have about 4 left I can bake. We gave a lot away and carved a few.

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