Fairytale Pumpkin Puree

pumpkin one slice outpumpkin chunkschunkspureeThis spring, I planted several Fairytale Pumpkin seeds (true name: Musque De Provence). It is an heirloom pumpkin that originated in France. I fell in love with it the moment I set eyes on the bronze, deeply ribbed lobes pictured on the seed packet. I knew I had to purchase these seeds and hope for the best! Not only does this pumpkin have a stunning exterior, but its flesh is perfect for pies, baked goods, sauces, and soups.

Only two of approximately fifty tiny pumpkin babies made it to maturity. My chickens free range during the day and gobbled up most of the tiny pumpkins, which is probably just as well. The flesh on these pumpkins is extremely thick, so one large pumpkin makes a lot of pumpkin puree. Last week, I cut up the larger of the two pumpkins. It weighed 34pumpkin bread.5 pounds and produced thirty-eight (38!) cups of puree. That’s a lot of pumpkin bread, folks!

With a pumpkin this large, where does one begin? First, I scrubbed the exterior of the pumpkin. Then, I cut it into wedges and scooped out the seeds and pulp. The wedges were too large to microwave, so I cut them into smaller, more manageable pieces and put them in a microwaveable bowl. I added about 1” of water and covered the bowl. Next, I microwaved the pumpkin until the flesh easily scooped out of the shell, which was about 15-20 minutes. I dropped the scooped out pumpkin flesh into a blender and pureed until the mixture was smooth and formed a nice swirling vortex of pumpkin-y goodness. Since many recipes call for two cups of pumpkin puree, I poured two cups of puree into a freezer bag, squeezed out the extra air, sealed it, and put it in the freezer. Then, I repeated this eighteen more times! The flattened freezer bags stacked nicely and will be easy to use the next time I have a recipe that calls for pumpkin.

Immediately after processing the pumpkin, I made two loaves of pumpkin bread. Delicious! Baking with fresh pumpkin is well worth the effort. Had it not been, I wouldn’t have saved the seeds for planting next year.

Fairytale Pumpkin/Musque De Provence… eye AND mouth candy!

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