Fall has officially arrived! Or at least that's what the calendar says, anyway. We're still waiting for it to feel like fall, but I'm already thinking about fall cooking - soups, pumpkin bread, pecan pie. One of our favorite fall treats is pumpkin bread. Up until last fall, I'd always used canned pumpkin, but I happened to come across some sugar pumpkins on sale one day, so I figured I'd give homemade pumpkin a try. I was surprised at how much better the bread tasted when I used my homemade pureed pumpkin as opposed to the canned variety. It also ended up being cheaper than buying canned pumpkin. I must apologize that I don't have the price breakdown, since it was a year ago. If I make pumpkin again this year, I'll be sure to measure my yield and post the price differences.
1 sugar pumpkin
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Wash outside of pumpkin and pat dry. Cut pumpkin in half from top to bottom; clean out seeds and membrane.
|Don't throw out the seeds!!! They make delicious snacks!|
Place pumpkin in oven and roast for 60 - 90 minutes, or until the flesh is tender. When pumpkin is cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh out of the skin. To get a smooth texture, puree in a food processor.
|The pumpkin should be tender enough that the spoon just slides right through it.|
|Nothing left but the skin!|
Pureed pumpkin can be used immediately or frozen for later use. Unfortunately, the USDA does not recommend canning pumpkin puree. If you would like to can pumpkin, it should be canned in cubed form, not pureed form. Instructions for canning cubed pumpkin can be found here.