We've been having fun just slowing down, which means spending a bit of time with our pumpkins. Here's what we did with our sugar pie pumpkins.
How to Bake a Pumpkin
Work with a friend to scoop out the seeds. (Of course, save a few of the seeds for planting next year and the rest for roasting.)
Place the quartered pumpkin in an oven proof bowl. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Pour about 3 cups of water over the pumpkin. Cover and bake for about an hour (or until soft) in a 350 degree oven.
Scoop out pumpkin and purée in a blender.
And then, make whatever pumpkin goodies your little hearts desire.
Here's our pumpkin pie bars. So yummy!
Here's our recipe (made up that very day):
Pumpkin Pie Bars
2 cups flour (we used 1 cup of teff flour and 1 cup buckwheat)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup olive oil (or whatever oil you like to bake with)
puréed pumpkin from one average-sized sugar pie pumpkin
3 eggs (we used Ener-G egg replacer)
Mix a little powdered sugar with a bit of milk (we used soy)
Combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Drizzle topping and let cool. Cut into bars.