And it’s so easy! All you need is a Pie Pumpkin! What exactly is a pie pumpkin you ask? Definitely not the Jack-O-Lantern size pumpkin you want to carve for Halloween. These little babies are a darker shade of orange or more vintage as I like to call them, and are a smaller size.
The flesh of these is a lot denser which makes it sweeter inside and ideal for use in baking. Meanwhile, a big jack-o-lantern is much more bitter and stringy so overall, even with it’s larger size you have less usable pumpkin (with the exception of seeds!).
So the first step is to take your pumpkin and carefully cut off a bit of the top, enough to give it a flat base to sit on so you can more easily make the rest of your slices! Be careful, pumpkins roll!
You can save the pumpkin seeds for later if you’d like to roast them! But for now, you just need to scrape them out. You can keep the stringy stuff in. Using a big spoon is the easiest way I’ve found to do this!
Once both halves are cleared of the seeds, cut your halves into quarters (4 pieces each – total of 8). Move your pieces flat side down onto a cookie sheet lined with some parchment paper for easy clean-up. Bake in the over for 45 Minutes at 350 Degrees. They’re ready when they get soft and kind of collapsing a little bit.
If you’re planning on roasting seeds, it’s a great idea to add them to the over while your pumpkin is baking.
- Clean the seeds of pumpkin membranes
- Line on a cookie sheet
- Dry off excess water
- Season with some olive oil, pepper, and salt (other seasonings such as chili pepper, cayenne pepper, or if you’d like something sweet, pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon).
- Now you can just add those right in with the pumpkin, cook about 10 minutes, stir them and cook for another 5 and they should be ready to eat!
Once the pumpkin is ready, it should look similar to this:
Mix for a bit until it’s creamy like this and you’re good to go! You’ll get a nicer consistency with a food processor, but for any recipe that calls for pumpkin puree, this is perfect.
And that’s all there is to it! You can check out some more pumpkin recipes and ideas on Hilah Cooking Here!
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