For those of you who don’t carve your pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for what ever reason…ran out of time, bought too many pumpkins, kids got bored or you simply used the Mr. Potato head like sticky things to decorate your pumpkin, here are a few recipes that I have found to be quite delicious and you won’t have to waste your beautiful pumpkins. If you don’t feel like doing it right away, don’t worry! Pumpkins store quite well if their skin is not broken. Keep them cool and dry and they will last for months or, you could cook your pumpkin now and throw it in the freezer for use at a later date. Did I mention that pumpkins are full of good stuff. Check out this article on the health benefits.
I can’t take full credit for any of the following recipes however, I have tested and tweaked a few.
This first recipe, I made just last night and this is all that’s left:
I may or may not be eating that last piece while I write this post….
Anyway, this is the BEST pumpkin pie I’ve made to date. (no, I’m not just saying that) In my opinion, it takes the perfect mix of spice. PLEASE, don’t resort to the pre-mixed “pumpkin pie spice” or even worse the “pumpkin pie in a can filling” you CAN do it on your own. Did I mention how in-expensive it is to make your own pumpkin filling. The folks over at Taunton’s Fine Cooking magazine got this one perfect. Here is the link to the recipe. I should mention that I used 1 1/3 cups of whip cream instead of half and half.
The second recipe came after a flurry or trying to copy a certain chain’s “pumpkin spice” muffins with cream cheese filling that I have been slightly addicted to for the past month. I can say that getting the cream cheese filling into the muffins is a challenge. I have found that the best way is to use a piping bag and insert it after you have baked your muffins. My kids loved that fact that I actually baked pumpkin seeds on top of the muffins. Here is the recipe.
Lastly, our household favourite, roasted pumpkin seeds. If you follow the farm on Facebook or Twitter, you will have seen this one before.
Sorry I didn’t take more pictures along the way…these things don’t last long around our house!
Enjoy your pumpkins!