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Roasting Pumpkins To Make Purée

First thing’s first: I need some pumpkin purée if I’m going to succeed at Pumpkin-palooza bake-athon! I’ve steamed fresh pumpkin before but everyone raves about roasting it, which I’m clueless about. I jumped on the fantastical inter-web and found simple and foolproof instructions at The District Domestic‘s blog …plus an adorable doggy/pumpkin photo to boot! Check out her original post HERE.

Ok, with The District Domestic‘s guidance, I will now roast not just one BUT TWO sugar pumpkins and make purée out of them…

“Start by washing the pie pumpkin (a great variety for pies is Baby Pam)…”


I used a Sugar variety of pumpkin and I have to admit, it was my first time washing a pumpkin. I used dish soap (not sure if that was correct to do, but it worked!), rinsed thoroughly then dried.

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“…then break off the stem and hack it in half…”


Snapping a stem off a pumpkin was surprisingly easy! So much so, my husband was impressed and antsy to try it on the second pumpkin.

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“…Then scoop out the seeds…”


So far, so good!

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“…Fill a 13×9″ pan with 1/4″ water. Place pumpkins skin side up…”


I used a cookie sheet with a rim so I could fit both pumpkins into my tiny oven at one time. It worked, but I had to be VERY steady sliding it in and out of the oven.

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“…roast at 400 degrees until very tender… This usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour…”


45 minutes was perfect in my oven!

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A stab with a fork confirmed that the pumpkin meat was soft and squishy under the now-dark-orange skin:

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“…Scoop the soft flesh from the skins…”


I just used a big metal spoon but it was like cutting into butter.

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“…puree in a food
processor…”


I ran the food processor on the “dough” setting for about two minutes, stopping halfway through to scrape the sides with a silicone spatula. The end result was much lighter than canned pumpkin but had an incredibly sweet, fresh and delicious smell. My three-year-old actually begged to lick the spatula… so I let him, without guilt! …and after cleaning it spotless, he BEGGED to dip it back in the purée for more!

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Oh my God! I actually did it!! The District Domestic is a genius!

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Now, let’s get cooking…

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