Late in the season the farmer's brought in lots of fall goods: colorful mums, gourds, pumpkins, indian corn -- I just LOVE the colors of fall! I bought butternut squash, acorn squash, and even a grey-colored squash that I'd not seen before. And they were all delicious!! I plan to grow lots of winter squashes this next year.
And while the large pumpkins for jack o' lanterns were impressive -- I was intrigued by the little pumpkins that were smaller than soccer balls. These were 'pie' pumpkins. They have thicker, sweeter flesh that those large 'jack' guys. So I had to buy a couple of them and try them out.
I had never baked pumpkins before, but hey, it's no different than baking an acorn squash. The worst part for me is cutting the little boogers open! I use a large sharp knife to cut it in half. Then I scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp. I place them face down in a baking pan and add a little water. Then they go in the oven at 350 degrees and bake until they are tender.
|Here are the lovely pumpkins that I baked.|
|Here is my mashed pumpkin. It's a little lighter in color than canned pumpkin. The color will vary depending on the variety of pumpkin you buy. There are many varieties of pumpkins.|
I plan to plant some pumpkins this year and would like to try a few varieties of pumpkins. I'll be scouting the seed catalogs soon to decide which ones I want to try. I hope to bring some to the Farmer's Markets this coming year and share with you all how rewarding it is to grow your own food, or at least buy from local growers. I also plan to bake up some of those pumpkins and can the pumpkin pulp. I may not be a pie-maker, but I make a mean pumpkin bread! And maybe by this time next year, I'll be a pie maker too!
Later.........baking gingerbread men!