Friday, November 5, 2010

Nov 5. I heart Pumpkin

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Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin soup.  Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin roll. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Pumpkin cheese cake with a gingersnap crust.

I love that I can pretend it is healthy... and it would be if I didn't add all that sugar or cream to it... but it is so good with sugar or cream.  I even love it when I have to cut up a pumpkin, bake it and puree it. (Well, I did until our wedding present blender broke. When we get a job and an apartment, we are getting a bed for reuben and blender for the kitchen.)

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?  Which of these have you tried and suggest.
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talyn said...

This one really is healthy. Especially when you add bacon like I did. And, for those of us with lame blenders, I just didn't puree the beans. I actually used dried beans I had made the day before, and day old beans like that are mushy enough to just mash with a spoon if you really wanted to. I didn't really want to. I just had a chunkier soup.

Also, I found a dynamite pumpkin bread in my good houskeeping cookbook of all places, but at the moment I'm too lazy to go upstairs to get it for you. It has a crispy top crust that is heaven and Kevin couldn't stop eating it, which is saying something for a guy that usually is desserted out with half a slice of a bread like that.

Sandy M. said...

We love pumpkin soup - which you don't seem to have there much? but the Americans who come her love it. A lot of recipes add other ingredients, but our favourite is by far the easiest and the yummiest: saute a couple of large onions in a little margarine in the bottom of a large pot. Add one medium to large, peeled and pieced butternut pumpkin, with just enough water to lap the top of the pumpkin pieces, with at least two chicken stock cubes (I like more, for lots of flavour). Boil, then simmer, until pumpkin is tender, then cool and blend. Reheat and season as needed.
It should be very thick. Serve in a bowl with a swirl of cream (drip in a teaspoon of cream and swirl through very lightly with the end of the spoon) and some chopped en-shallots (do you call them spring onions?) sprinkled on top. Have some warm, freshly cooked wholemeal bread rolls on the side. Yum :)
Pumpkin scones are popular here too.