Scoop out seeds and strands if using a new pumpkin. Stand pumpkin
upright and cut down the middle. Halves should be able to fit on a
baking sheet. Place one half pumpkin, or two if they fit, cut side
down on the baking sheet. You may sprinkle a little water on the
sheet first. Bake at 350F for 30-60 minutes, depending on the size.
When done, the skin darkens and the pumpkin begins to collapse. Check
for softness with a fork or knife. It will go in easily if done.
Remove from oven, cool about 20 minutes. Scoop pumpkin flesh away
from skin. Discard skin then puree in food processor.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons melted butter or oil salt to taste
Options To Taste
garlic powder cayenne pepper seasoning salt Cajun seasoning blend
Preheat oven to 300F. While it’s fine to leave some strings and pulp
on your seeds (it adds flavor), clean off any major chunks. Toss
pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings
of your choice. Purist will want only salt as a seasoning, but, if
you’re feeling adventurous, experiment and have fun with seasoning
blends. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet and
bake for about 45 minutes, until golden brown, stirring occasionally.