Fall is finally here in the northern part of the Mid-Atlantic Coast. And for me, fall means pumpkins ?. And pumpkins mean pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin soup.
Now, one can always bake pumpkin goodies using canned pumpkin, but I look forward buying my pie pumpkins at the grocery store or a roadside stand in WV, and roasting my pumpkin and pureeing it myself.
To roast your own pumpkin, buy pie pumpkins (the small ones; sometimes called sugar pumpkins), remove the stem if it is still attached, and cut in half. You will need 2-3 pumpkins depending on the size you have. You cannot use jack o’lantern pumpkins because they have a high water content and little taste – i.e., they’re not good eating. Next, scoop the seeds out of the halves. You can roast those later like regular pumpkin seeds.