Monday, October 11, 2010

How to bake a Pie Pumpkin

First things first, did you buy a Pie Pumpkin?

They are usually small, about 2 pounds. Around the size of your hand.

Usually these pumpkins are labeled "Pie Pumpkin"

if not, then it will cook the same way (so long as its a similar size) the only difference will be the taste!

Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the stem if desired.
Scoop out seeds and flesh.
Save seeds if you wish to make my delicious Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.
Place pumpkin halves down on foil lined baking sheet
Cover each half with foil. (this makes sure the pumpkin stays moist!)
Bake at 450 F for 1 hour
(time may vary depending on size of pumpkin)

Remove from oven. skin should peel away easily, if not then cook for longer.
Place pumpkin in bowl and mix with egg beater/ kitchen mixer/ food processor.

a regular sized pie pumpkin should have made 2 cups of puree, which is exactly enough for one 9 inch pumpkin pie! (or two 8 inch)

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