One Little Pie Pumpkin & four recipes

by Charlotte Walker

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.

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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.

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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.

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We have five more pumpkins to make use of so some cookies and freezable items are up next and maybe some bread (and soup).

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Anonymous October 1, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Yummmmmm

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