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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Pumpkin Puree & Cookies

I used our longest knife to cut my two pie pumpkins. Then, scraped out the seeds & guts with an ice cream scoop into a colander -- where I could later wash the seeds for roasting.

Preheat the oven to 350* & place the pumpkin, cut side down, on a lightly oiled pan with an inch of water. Tent with foil and cook for about an hour - until very tender.





Let the pumpkin cool a bit before scooping out the flesh into the food processor. Puree the pumpkin with just enough water to keep it moving.


This was the first time I've roasted a pumpkin, and was inspired to do so by Melissa because of this post at Cooking Delights. It was much easier than I thought -- the toughest part was cracking the pumpkin. Next time, I may just drop it on the sidewalk & wash him up before cooking....








I'm so glad I did this because you just can't beat the taste of fresh pumpkin in recipes. Sure, a can of pumpkin is fine in a pinch -- but why not make it fresh and freeze it so that you can have it all year long?


My 2 small pumpkins yielded: a half jar pumpkin seeds, two 1 cup baggies of puree in the freezer, plus enough puree to make a batch of 'Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies' from VwaV, pg. 198.


For these, I skipped the walnuts & flaxseeds, and added extra oatmeal to compensate. They were really good, and I'm planning to make them again for our next road trip because they don't fall apart & are chewy, aren't too sweet, and compared to other cookies - are healthful.

We are looking forward to Art's parents visiting us this week, and I'll have my camera and cookbooks out, but I'll be away from my computer until Saturday. Have a great week, and I look forward to checking in with you!

31 Comments:

Blogger Village Mama said...

hi Vicki!

what a great 'spotlight' on pumpkin squash! Those bundle-like cookies look sooo full of baked goodness, and ideal for road trips.

Enjoy your family visit and all the good food shared at your table :-)

12:50 PM  
Anonymous bazu said...

Those cookies look great. Must-make-pumpkin!
Have a great visit from your in-laws, and I can't wait to see photos of your creations!

3:51 PM  
Blogger raising_kahne said...

mmm..these sound heavenly. I love seasonal treats! haha. I admit I did try and zoom the picture in and see if my eyes were strong enough to make out the recipe, unfortunately, they arent that strong. : ( Ive been looking for VWAV for a looong time, but havent found it yet. And the ones Ive seen online are too big for my(small) budget. lol Oh well. They still look yummy!

4:02 PM  
Anonymous dreena said...

funny how most of us use pumpkins just to decorate our homes for Halloween, and then when we go to make pumpkin pie, we buy it canned (myself included)! You are making "from scratch" look fun and much, much better!

Enjoy your visit with family and the wee blog break. :)

4:50 PM  
Blogger Mum the Weekend Warrior said...

Wow - you can buy tinned pumpkin?? They do not sell that in Australia. That is the wierdest thing I have ever heard. It sounds slimy. We can;t buy hemp seeds either. Behind the times hey!!

7:17 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Apple, pumpkins ~ YUM! It ALL looks great as usual!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

Your daughter is becoming quite a force in the kitchen I see. I especially love the last shot of her pinching a cookie. I do the pinkie in the air all the time too. I don't even realize it. Enjoy your time with family. Can't wait to see your photos!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how you did it all from scratch! I bet the roasted pumpkin was worth the fuss though!! I would love to roast my own...in fact...I will! I may use your sidewalk suggestion though. Lol!

Your daugther is so darn cute in those photos! :)

Hope you have a great trip!!!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Gaia said...

Those cookies look sooooo good and healthy !
You made me LOL with your comment about dropping your pumpkin on the sidewalk :D

Have a great trip ! Stay safe !

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vicki, I'm going to email you a question about your pumpkin muffin recipe . . . watch for it!!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Gavrielah said...

What an awesome blog! My mouth is watering for your pumpkin cookies!

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmm, pumpkin... I have to admit that I've never roasted pumpkin either, but I have one waiting on me! The cookies look great--little hands can't keep away!

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Emmy said...

The cookies look good. I'm with you on using fresh pumpkin over canned. I've been roasting up several pie pumpkins this week. I've been getting a lot of seeds from the pie pumpkins too.

3:01 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I started to experiment with pumpkin this year too. I agree, cutting it up is the hardest part. Ever since I sliced my finger a week or so ago I'm exrtremely cautious with knives. I must get over this phobia and get back to adventurous cooking!
:)

Looks like you did an excellent job


Teddy

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how your cookies turned out. They spread very nicely. Mine were more bumpy.

Hope you have a great week. Look forward to new posts next week!

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks so fun! Good for you for not taking the easy (canend) way out. ;)
Cherie

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have yet to roast my own pumpkins but your post makes it seem so easy! I just might pick up a few pumpkins to roast & freeze for later.

Great review on the pumpkin oatmeal cookies. I'll definitely add these to my list to try!

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since there's just the two of us, a little puree goes a long way. I JUST used up the last of last year's pumpkin puree. (I freeze it 2-cup incremements in ziplock baggies)

Love your spokesmodel. ;)

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Tania said...

Hey.. how did you get those cookies to be so circular shaped?

Mine are all misshapen.. >.<

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have finally been able to catch up on vegetarian family life. This is my favorite post, I love pumpkin! Cookies, kids and carvings, yum! Your trip to San Francisco looks fabulous too, love your couple of day get away choice... the food, the sites, reading about it is no where as good as being there, but I'm sure glad you shared it.

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Little hands in the sweet treats, so adorable!

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