Wash those babies well! I use organic pumpkin since I roast them with the skin on. I usually watch for the pumpkins to go on sale and stock up. I prefer to avoid pesticides at all cost. I feel if it kills off a bug it couldn't possibly be healthy. 2 small sugar pie pumpkins makes about 2 cups of puree.
Preheat oven to 400 degree's. Cut in half and scoop out all the seeds.
If you have
cheap child labor like at our house feel free to put them to work sorting pumpkin seeds to roast for a snack for later or to sprinkle on top of salads and other dish's.
Oven ready add 1/2 cup water and place on the middle rack of the oven cut side down for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes rotate to cut side up. Continue baking for 20-30 minutes until fork tender.
It will look something like this. Cool until touchable. I really prefer you not to burn your fingers!
Scrape with a spoon all the meaty goodness off of the shell and into a food processor. If you don't have a food processor you can also use the blender, you might need to add a tablespoon of water if needed to puree. I used a blender for year's. I only finally splurged on a food processor this last year!
Mmmmm....Pulse until smooth it takes less then a minute, usually.
You now have true pumpkin pie puree to make the best pumpkin tasting goodies you've ever had! Enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes to an hour
Makes about 2 cups puree
- 2 whole Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Small Size
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut Pumpkins in half and remove seeds. Roast the seeds if you would like :).
Place on a cookie sheet with sides, cut side down. Add 1/2 cup water to pan. Bake for 20 minutes and then turn cut side up. Continue to bake until soft and tender when poked with a fork. About another 20-30 minutes. Set pumpkins aside to cool.
When cool to the touch scrape all of the meat off of the shell and into a food processor or blender. Process until completely smooth and no lumps remain. If blending you might have to add a tablespoon of water or two.
Use cup for cup for canned pumpkin.
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