I went pumpkin Crazy this weekend, buying far more pie pumpkins than I should have. I love baking bread, but baking sweet treats can be quite hit and miss. I am a cook who loves to experiment and baking is all about chemistry and rules. This basically means that it is a toss up when it comes to the results of my baking. They are either really awesome or horrible. Rarely a middle ground
I found a few interesting pumpkin recipes and decided to give them a try. One medium sized pie pumpkin provided enough puree, to create four recipes plus some cream cheese (with pumpkin) icing.
For the puree, I simply cut the pumpkin in half, scooped out the “guts” (washing and saving the seeds for roasting) and baked it on a cookie tray face down for 20 minutes with a little water in the bottom of the tray) then I scoop out the pulp into the blender and blend until smooth.
Pumpkin Brownies sugar and flour free! The main ingredients are; pumpkin puree, honey, dates and almonds! The verdict is in from the family – they taste just like a brownie. I got the recipe from my cousin who found it here. I substituted with pumpkin and forgot the almonds. The almonds are essential so the consistency was not right at all – but the taste was good. If you are looking for a healthy way to make brownies this might be the ticket.
Vintage Roasted Pumpkin Spice Cake and pumpkin cream cheese frosting. I followed this recipe .. more or less. This is a delicious cake. High in calories and not as healthy as those brownies but …yum!
Salted roasted pumpkin seeds – Simply toss the washed and dried seeds in a bowl with olive oil & sea salt (or whatever spices you prefer) and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Slow roast them, flipping them once in a while until they are lightly golden brown.
Peanut butter, pumpkin, hemp heart dog biscuits ~ no recipe followed, just mixed the ingredients until it formed something that could be baked. I added a few table spoons of red fife wheat as well just so it would hold together. The dogs LOVE their biscuits.
We have five more pumpkins to make use of so some cookies and freezable items are up next and maybe some bread (and soup).