Pumpkin Treats

A few weeks ago we harvested our only pumpkin ready for Halloween, we were planning on carving it, but unlike most years we decided not to use the pumpkin to hold a tea light and instead thought we’d use it to make some autumnal treats.

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Many pumpkin recipes required the flesh to be puréed, so I started off with making myself a fresh batch with half of my pumpkin. Some to use straight away and the rest to go into the freezer for another time. 

To make purée –

  • Scrape out the seeds, put to one side for roasting or seed saving.
  • Peel (Careful with this bit, the pumpkin can be slippery and no one wants to loose a finger!)
  • Cut into 3 cm chunks
  • Place in a pan and cover with cold water, put the lid on
  • Bring to the boil, turn down the heat to a gentle simmer
  • Simmer for around 20 minutes, until soft, but not falling apart
  • Drain
  • Mash with a potato masher
  • Leave to cool down

I used half of a medium sized pumpkin, which gave me 4 servings of 175g. I’ll be using one portion for a pumpkin loaf and popping the remaining 3 portions into the freezer for another time. These will keep for around 3-6 months, although I’m likely to use them sooner than that!

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For our first pumpkin treat, I made a spiced pumpkin loaf, which filled the kitchen with the smell of Christmas!

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Ingredients –

  • 1 batch of pumpkin purée (175 g)
  • 75 g soft brown sugar
  • 75 g self raising flour
  • 75 g wholemeal self raising flour
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of Salt

To Make –

  • Preheat the oven to 160 fan
  • Grease and line a 22cm loaf tin with baking parchment (I like to make sure I have the paper slightly overhanging to lift the loaf out)
  • Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon
  • Pour mixture into tin
  • Bake for 35 minutes (insert a skewer to make sure centre is cooked)
  • Cool on a wire rack

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I’m already looking forward to a slice with a cup of tea, whilst I think of even more delicious recipes to try out.

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