Posted by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch / Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Roasted Pumpkin Puree To Replace Canned Pumpkin
Homemade pumpkin pie puree with roasted pumpkins! There is nothing to compare. My Aunt Sonya for as long as I can remember makes all of her pumpkin pies and cheesecake with homemade puree, she uses a particular type of squash she prefers but I always forget the name so I just use good ole sugar pie pumpkins. I will have to email her and ask again and see if I can tell a difference.. She's always been such a foodie and an amazing inspiration! Homemade puree is so much more creamy and will work cup for cup for canned pumpkin! I like to make extra and freeze it for later when the pumpkins are on sale. This is a pre op for pumpkin pie and hopefully my hubby's favorite no bake pumpkin cheese cake! I can't wait to share my favorites!
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!
Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy :)