For the first time in my life, I actually baked a pumpkin. The instructions were found in MAndrew’s Joy of Cooking book circa 1954! Of the hundreds of cookbooks that we possess, none of them had it! It’s not difficult by any means, but dammit! I needed include this on my bucket list! Sheesh!
Purchase Baking Pumpkin
(the small ones marked ‘baking’ -not the big ones marked ‘lobotomize your jack here’)
Cut it in half width wise
(that means set it up naturally and cut latitudinally [across], not longitudinally [vertical])
Turn your cut halfs upside down on foil that’s placed on a cookie sheet
Bake at 350* for 1 hour
Pull out of the oven and watch the foil crinkle around the pumpkins (too much fun!)
Scrap the pumpkin pulp from the rind like a melon
Puree in your favorite blender until it looks like babyfood.
Choose recipe to use your new pulp.
My next thoughts turned to the options for using the pulp. I was going to make a pumpkin pie, but decided to use it for something a little more fun -muffins!
I can only tell you how delicious they are since we’re still living in the dark ages without smell-o-vision. We found the recipe on Epicurious. Read the reviews, one might consider following them (extra pumpkin pulp, etc).
We’re taking a batch to our favorite inlaws to wow them.
Enjoy your day!