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Recipes with Fresh Pumpkin Puree

We found a 16 pound pumpkin here a few days after Halloween and it only cost us 50 cents! I had a lot of pumpkin puree to use so here are some of the recipes I used:

Pumpkin Muffins with cream cheese frosting
1 cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1-½ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoons Ground Ginger
½ teaspoons Nutmeg
½ teaspoons Salt
4 Tablespoons Butter – Cut Into Pieces
1 cup (heaping) Pumpkin Puree
½ cups Evaporated Milk
1 whole Egg
1-½ teaspoon Vanilla

Cream Cheese Frosting:
¼ cups Softened Butter
4 ounces, Cream Cheese (half a bar)
2 cups Powdered Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla

These were very good, but i think you can put cream cheese frosting on anything and it is good!

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease 12 muffin tins.
~Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until it is fully incorporated.
~In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla.
~Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture.
~Fold gently until mixture is just combined.
~Pour into a greased muffin pan.
~Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool before you ice them with cream cheese frosting.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup (Like on a Carnival Cruise!)

Servings: 10
1 medium or large onion, quartered
1 leek, white part only, cut in chunks (4 oz)
6 cloves garlic
2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
7 cups chicken stock
1 (16-oz) can pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon chicken base, not bouillon (I did not use this and it was still good)
1 1/4 cups heavy cream, plus 3 tablespoons heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

~Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
~Toss onions, leeks and garlic with oil in a bowl, then spread in a shallow roasting pan. Roast in the oven 45 to 60 minutes, until fragrant and browned. Puree in blender.
~Bring stock, pumpkin, pureed vegetables and chicken base to boil. Simmer 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
~In separate pan, warm heavy cream, but do not boil. Remove soup from heat, and stir in heavy cream.

I will add the pumpkin bread recipe later. It was still baking when I was writing this post.

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Tuesday 10th of November 2009

Yay. I am so glad you posted this. I bought the cutest sugar pumpkin and finally roasted it. I couldn't think of what to do with the pumpkin, but now I have some ideas. I might try a pumpkin bread or cake. I might even try to trick Scott into tasting it. Can't wait!

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