Every now and then I get a crazy idea to do things like they used to do in the good old days.
I got that romantic notion when I saw pumpkins labeled "for pumpkin pies". I thought it would be great to make a pie right from the pumpkin.
I washed the pumpkin in soapy water first(because I have Howard Hughes syndrome--I'm a bit of a germaphobe).
Then I grabbed my best knife and sought to stab the pumpkin right in the center. Holy schomley, the knive just bounced right off. I tried again and again. I tried another knife. I tried a cleaver. No luck. It was obvious that I was going to lose a digit before I ever punctured that gourd.
I called DH to the rescue.
After a bit of creative whacking he found a way to get inside.
Cleaning all those seeds was a pain, too. You can't just take a spoon and scoop them out in one motion. Oh, no. They are encased in stringy stuff that required a paring knive to slide all around (numerous times) to remove it from the pulp.
It was a big mess, requiring all these knives, and then I had to wash the whole counter as well as the floor area where seeds and stringy stuff landed.
I put the big hunks on a 1/2 sheet pan and covered it with foil. It is baking in the oven. I imagine it will take at least 1.5 hours.
Is it all worth it?
Well, by the time the pumpkin gets baked, I will be way too pooped to make anything with it.
Let's just say I have a new respect for this.
I take it all back.
I cooked it for 1.5 - 2 hrs. at 350 degrees. I just covered it with foil and let it cook.
I scooped out one little section and added some brown sugar, butter and pepper. Oh, my, this was the most delicious squash I have ever eaten!
Forget about pie. It's worth all the effort even you just eat it as a veggie.
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3 years ago