Close to Thanksgiving, there are pumpkins in everyone’s shopping cart, generally in a can. If you want a real treat, that will allow you to skip the canned aisle in the grocery store, try roasting pumpkins at home. You’ll be shocked at how easy it is.
Baking pumpkins caramelizes the sugars and makes for a sweeter puree than boiling. You’ll want to start with a “pie” or “sugar” variety and avoid the BIG Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins which are great for carving but are too watery to eat. Once you have roasted pumpkin you can use it in a simple Pumpkin Bread Recipe, the rest is for your pies and other favorite pumpkin recipes.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Split the pumpkin in half starting at the stem.
2. Place the cut end down on a piece of parchment paper or silpat.
3. Bake for 45 minutes, until the flesh is soft to the touch.
4. Cool and scoop out the seeds.
5. Scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin and puree it in a food processor.
6. Use the for a great pie or double the bread recipe.