Thursday, September 16, 2010

Roasting a Pie Pumpkin

Here is the final product from my surprise plant that our neighborhood squirrel hid in our front flower bed. Hey, the squirrel may have destroyed my son's favorite little pumpkin in 2009, but he definitely made up for it in 2010!

Since our pumpkin ripened a little bit early, I decided to go ahead and bake it, rather than parking it on the porch for another squirrel to devour! Plus I have always wanted to try to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (miniature, of course) and I've heard that the pumpkin shortage of 2009 is lingering into 2010- so what better time to try my hand at pumpkin roasting!

First I washed our pumpkin and cut it in half.

Next, I scooped out the seeds and inner membranes- just like caring for ol' Jack!

And since I'm already aware that growing pumpkins are fun and rewarding, I saved a few seeds to drop into my garden next year!

I removed the stem, and placed the flesh sides down on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake at 375* for 1.5 hours.

The scent is amazing! This is what the pumpkin looked like coming out of the oven!

Beautifully baked!

The pumpkin flesh scoops from the pumpkin skin so easily!!!

Seriously, every last bit of pumpkin flesh is yours for the baking!!!

Lastly, I pureed the pumpkin,

and packed it (pre-measured for my muffin recipe, of course) in freezable portions for ready to bake goodness!

Note: My average sized pumpkin yielded 4 cups of pumpkin puree, about 1/2 a cup more than a traditional sized can of pumpkin puree.

I also picked up a couple of pie pumpkins at the local farmer's market for $1 each. I have also seen them at the local grocery store for $2 each!

Whatd'ya think? Will YOU roast your own pie pumpkin this year?



I did this last year, Laura - and then had to give the frozen pumpkin away when we moved! :(

But... if you want to get adventurous with your pie pumpkins from the FM, roast them on a lower temp (250F) for much longer (about 3 hours). They're ready when you can pierce the shell/skin with your fingernail or other semi-sharp object.

Allow them to cool and cut them up in to chunks (shell/skin, too!). Drop in your blender with enough water to make your blender work and not burn out the motor, then pour out and freeze.

You up the betacarotene factor in your pumpkin by about a gazillion, b/c the shells/skin is where the majority of that nutrient is kept. And it's closer to the pumpkin you buy in the stores - b/c Libby's and the rest of the manufacturers use the shell as well as the flesh of the gourd(s).


Laura Webber

Thanks Sue!!! It sure pays to have friends who are more wise than Google!!! I'll be trying it your way next!!!

Becky C

Thanks Laura (and Sue)! I will definitely try this. I was so glad to see your post today, Laura. I've missed you. :-) Hope you are feeling well.

Laura Webber

Hi Becky,
I do feel kind of badly about my scarce postings, but I've got to choose to either spend my energy on my son or online... he wins!

Lisa M.

Laura - I'm definitely going to try this as I LOVE pumpkin. Any chance you would be able to post your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe online? I make muffins for my kids every saturday and I'd love to spice it up a bit with a new & proven recipe :)


I've cooked a couple of pie pumpkins in the past but the pies never seem to taste any better than ones baked with canned puree. Perhaps I need a new recipe?? I seond the request for the muffin recipe Laura, please share :)

Becky C

Laura, don't feel badly about scarce posting. Your priorities are in exactly the right place.


Thats awesome. I have noticed canned pumpkin is not available anywhere around here so I will have to try this. Do you think the taste is comparable?


Wow, that was an "accidental" pumpkin?? I've tried two years to grow a pumpkin in my garden and neither year have I gotten one...darn! I'm not giving up, though, we'll try again next year. Maybe I need to borrow your squirrel? lol


Laura Webber

I'll post the recipe today... as soon as I relocate it... wink!

Pam, I've tried growing them myself too, with no luck! I think they need a TON of sun? Good luck next year!!


Thanks for showing this. It's nice to see all of the pictures! A photo really is worth 1,000 words... Katy


After craving pumpkin muffins twom onths ago and having to buy organic canned pumpkin online, I am totally making my own. :) We live on those muffins in the Fall and Winter. Thanks for posting this!!


You have the best recipe/baking tutorials. This will definately get bookmarked. My local fruit stand on the corner has pumpkins. My questions is what is a "Pie Pumpkin" Do I assume the little ones on the stand are the pie pumpkins?

Laura Webber

Hi Catherine,
Yep, the little ones should be pie pumpkins, but I'd be sure to ask- to be on the safe side!!! Enjoy!

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