Goodbye Jack-o-Lanterns, Hello Pumpkin Pies!

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Goodbye Jack-o-Lanterns, Hello Pumpkin Pies!
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Sat, 11-03-2012 - 2:48pm

I decided this year to use those pumpkins and make some pies. I haven't done this in YEARS. They look good...let's just hope they taste good.LOL

Sharon

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 11:29pm

I'm doing it that way next time. Boiling is just to time consuming.Undecided

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 4:55pm
I found the oven method allows you to scoop out the flesh from the skin so it's easier than peeling the skin before boiling it.
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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 3:43pm

You can peel the skin before or after cooking. If you boil it in chunks...I'd suggest "before"...if you cut one in half and bake in the oven..."after" will work ok. :)

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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 12:31pm
Thanks for the tips, I might have to try this! Do you just cut open the pumpkin and trim the skin off, I'm assuming like you would a watermelon? They look yummy.

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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 10:11am
The picture is making me hungry. Pumpkin pie is my favourite!!!! Yum, yum, Dee
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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 7:24am

It's easy. There are tons of recipes online, but I simply cook (boil or bake) enough of the raw pumpkin to make about 4 cups. Mash by hand like potatoes. It resembles cooked yams.LOL I just add a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk, half a tsp. of vanilla extract, one and a half cups of sugar (not carved in stone)...4 slightly beaten eggs and then at least a tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. As with the sugar the spices are adjustable to your taste. You can either make your own crusts or I bought 2 deep dish crusts. I filled them with the pumpkin mixture...baked on 425 for 15 minutes then 350 until a knife comes out clean.

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 7:55pm
I haven't made a pie from the jack-o-lantern pumpkin but i have used the small pie pumpkins years ago but must admit that I'm lazy & just buy canned now. Here is a link to boiling the pumpkin, however, I know that I baked mine in the oven & I saw something about using the microwave too. The idea is to soften the inside of the pumpkin & separate it from the skin to use. http://cookingequipment.about.com/od/eqipmenttutorials/ss/CookPumpkin.htm Dee
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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 5:32pm
So how do you make one out of a real pumpkin? I made a pie from canned pumpkin a week ago for my youngest, it's one of his favorite kinds. I'm a bit intimidated at the thought of using a real one!

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 4:40pm

LOL Judy. I think some folks believe you either can't or shouldn't use jackolantern pumpkins for pie, but they've always worked for me. They also taste better than canned. Sadly, I am lousy at piecrusts so those are always purchased. Embarassed

Sharon

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 1:51pm
I've never made pumpkin pies with my jack-o-lantern - but I love pumpkin pie! I bought an electric jack-o-lantern so I don't have a real one to use. My DH doesn't like pumpkin so if I made one I would totally eat it all myself!!! Now look what you have gone and done - I so want me some pumpkin pie! LOL

-Judy