Halloween is almost here!!! Of course I'm still loving all things pumpkin, but here in Germany it's a bit less convienent to make pumpkin flavored treats since it's nearly impossible to find canned pumpkin! So for those of you also living here in Germany, or if you're just interested in a more homemade and fresh version of the store bought stuff.... this post is for you!
First of all, you need to find the type of pumpkin you want to use. I use Orange Hokkaido pumpkins because they're very easy to find here in Germany AND you don't have to peel the skin off!! If you use a different kind of pumpkin you may need to remember to remove the skin before being able to use the pumpkin in any way.
After you've picked out your pumpkin, roast it in the oven until cooked through! I wash off my pumpkin since I'll be using the skin, stab it all over with a fork so that it doesn't explode in the oven, then roast t for about 45 minutes to an hour. Once your pumpkin in roasted, remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool you can cut your pumpkin in half to remove the goop and seeds. You'll also have to remove the skin at this point if you're using a pumpkin other than an Orange Hokkaido.
Once your pumpkin is roasted and cleaned out, you will want to cut it up into cubes and throw in your blender or food processor. I had to do mine in a few batches because i have a mini food processor :-) It blends up great on its own without any added liquid. Make sure to blend it completely to make sure all of the skin is blended up nicely as well. I think I left my food processor going for about a minute.
And there you have it! Enough pumpkin puree to make all the pies, cookies, and whatever other pumpkin treat Pinterest has inspired you to make! Like these delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I made with my puree!
I threw the rest of my unused pumpkin puree in a couple glass jars with lids to be stored in the refrigerator until needed. We're attending a fun Halloween party on Saturday and I already have plans for all the rest of the puree! MAKE ALL THE PUMPKIN THINGS! Enjoy your fresh and healthy pumpkin puree my friends! And happy Halloween!!