Monday, November 7, 2011

What can you make from a pumpkin Part 2 (Recipes)

Now that all of these:
 Have been made into these:
I thought I would share our favorite pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Bread
I made 4 loaves this weekend, and had nothing left to photograph they were gone so fast.

1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup cooked, pureed pumpkin
1/3 cup milk

Optional mix-ins:
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 chocolate chips

Mix together dry ingredients in bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl beat butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in pumpkin. Add dry ingredients in three parts alternating with milk, beat until well mixed. Fold in your chosen optional mix-ins.
Pour batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 about 1 hour.

Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Seeds
I told you not to throw these away!
Toasted pumpkin seeds are a favorite in my house, this is a nice variation to the seriously salty ones we usually make.

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (rinsed and dried)
1/3 cup sugar (divided)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbs butter

1. Place seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet, toast in 250 degree oven for 30 min or so stirring occasionally until toasted to a light brown.
2. While seeds are toasting, mix together 3 tbs sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice and set aside.
3. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat add seeds and remaining sugar. Stir with a spoon until the sugar melts and seeds are well coated (around 1 minute).
4. Pour seeds in to a bowl and sprinkle with sugar/spice mixture. Toss until coated.

Pumpkin Smoothie
This is a new recipe that Elle Bean and I came up with.

1 cup frozen puree
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp sugar (brown or white)
6 to 9 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.

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