…but not a bite to eat (to badly misquote somebody)
We have 2 weeks of pumpkin recipes leading up to Halloween, firstly a savoury pumpkin scone and then next week some pumpkin cakes!
I have never cooked a pumpkin so thought I would blog about my first experience.
The pumpkin I bought was a regular jack-o-lantern pumpkin from my local supermarket costing £3 for 2.
From research I have done I know that these do not give the best flavour, but they are the most abundant so it is a good starting point.
Instead of faffing about trying to peel it, I split it into quarters, removed the string and the seeds and popped it into the oven (preheated to 180 degrees fan) peel side down and baked for 90 minutes. Oh my word they have a lot of water in them. Next time I do it I will do them peel side up so that the water doesn’t pool on top of the slices.
I then scooped out the flesh and mashed it. It gave out more water so I tipped this away.
The scone recipe is very simple.
Add 2tsps baking powder to 2.5 ozs of plain flour and rub in 1oz of butter. Add a dessertspoon of brown sugar and2ozs mashed pumpkins,and mix together. At this point I added more flour to make a nice dough.
I rolled it out to the thickness of my little finger and cut out the scones using a 1″ cutter.
Into the oven for 10 minutes.
While they were cooking I turned my attention to the seeds.
I took all the seeds out of the skin and washed them in cold water. I tossed them in an oz of melted butter and a sprinkle of salt (not necessary if using salted butter) and popped them on a baking tray in the oven for 15 minutes on 140degrees fan. They are delicious!
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