Discovering the Pumpkin Patch

With October comes a trip to the orchard to visit this year’s pumpkin patch.  We’re still in tank tops, shorts and flip flops here but Fall is definitely here!


We left with a pie pumpkin for me and a little tiny, child size pumpkin for her.  My husband and I are moving towards living more sustainably, so this year instead of buying pumpkins to decorate our porch then tossing them when the month is over, I thought I would actually use the pie pumpkin to bake with.  It is after all, fresh produce, is it not?  I want to thank blogger at Live.Learn.Eat.Love. for posting her instructions on how to make homemade pumpkin puree!

Out of the one pie pumpkin I got about 5 cups of pumpkin puree and about 1 cup of pumpkin seeds.  The seeds I soaked and then dried in a warm oven (150 degrees) for a few hours then stored in empty and clean jelly jar.  I’m thinking they will be great on salads, in granola or just to munch!  I used three cups of the pumpkin puree to make pumpkin casserole (see picture above).  I got the recipe from the book Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman and wanted to try it because it contains no flour and very little sugar.  The pumpkin puree combines with organic chopped apples, organic dried cranberries (or raisins), cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts (I used pecans) and two tablespoons of maple syrup then baked until hot.  It doesn’t hold together like a pumpkin bread, but I found it actually to be very good smeared on a piece of whole wheat toast, with a tiny drizzle of raw honey over the top.  I think “warm vegan pumpkin butter” is a more apt title!  I froze the rest of the pumpkin puree and can’t wait to make more goodies with it.  We loved going to the pumpkin patch this year!




7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tiffany
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 20:25:00

    The casserole looks yummy! We have been enjoying a lot of pumpkin recipes around here too! Have a good weekend! 🙂


  2. FortheLoveOf
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 00:38:09

    Lovely weather you have there, and beautiful pictures!


  3. Elizabeth
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 15:00:18

    Aw, adorable pictures! The pumpkin patch is always such fun. 🙂 And good idea to use them in pies after! You can also create your own pumpkin patch — we threw ours out into the garden (which was not being used at the time) once and the next year we had our own crop of pumpkins. 🙂


  4. Booksphotographsandartwork
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 03:18:31

    Oh that pumpkind casserole looks great! I have never heard of one before.


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