Do you remember my pumpkins? Well, I carved one for Halloween. I saved the seeds and roasted them with spices and really enjoyed them. When I was carving, I noted how meaty the pumpkin was and I thought I might try baking one. The variety is 'Howden' and all my online searches indicate it is mainly grown for carving. I decided to process one anyhow.
I cut it into chunks, placed it in a pyrex dish and baked it at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or so. I had to bake two batches to get it all cooked.
When it cooled, I removed the skin and pureed it in the blender. I then let it drain in cheesecloth. The pumpkin is very moist...too moist to use in baking.
Meanwhile I toasted the seeds. I tossed them with some olive oil, salt, chili powder, cumin and cayenne. I baked them at 325 degrees for 35 minutes.
The big pumpkin made 3.5 pints of puree that I will freeze.
I saved 2 cups to use right away.
Here is a link to the Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe I used. The consistency is nice, but next time I will use less nutmeg and a bit more cloves. But don't worry, I will be enjoying this pie (right now with a cup of Chamomile tea)!