Pumpkin – More than a Scary Face!

It’s notoriously famous for being called a Jack-O-Lantern but most people simply know it as a pumpkin. You can carve it, display it or eat it.  For some, it’s a seasonal ingredient to introduce to recipes such as Pumpkin Pie, but for children? For children, the appearance of pumpkins tells them that candy collecting is around the corner!

But the pumpkin has evolved. Centuries ago it was used to make lanterns – the hollowed piece was the perfect housing unit for candles keeping winds + weather at bay. It has also had its share of recipes having been boiled, baked, mashed or roasted. And more recently? It’s a scent + flavour that is now infused into coffee beverages, scented candles + more! Pumpkin is so easy to prepare why not introduce it to your favourite muffin, pie or soup recipe?

How to Prepare Pumpkin for your next recipe:

  1. Select a couple of small pumpkins. Cut the pumpkin in half. With a spoon or a scoop, scrape out the seeds and pulp from the center. Seeds can be kept for roasting.
  2. Place pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet + roast in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes, or until pumpkin is fork-tender. The pieces should be light golden brown when done.
  3. Peel the skin from the pumpkin pieces + place in a food processor or blender. Add a few tablespoons of water to create a smooth texture.
  4. Use the puree immediately or freeze in 1 cup measurements for easy additions to recipes. Freezer bags work well.

You can use the prepared pumpkin in your own recipes or visit us at Take Five to try one of our pumpkin treats – Pumpkin Cranberry Scone or Pumpkin Pear Muffin. Can’t get enough? Try a little Pumpkin Spice in your next latte recipe!

And you thought pumpkins were just for carving!

 

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