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How to deconstruct a pumpkin

In a fit of pumpkin-bread-craving I bought a pumpkin (labelled "for cooking" instead of "show"), only to realize I have no idea what to do with it. I already plan on scraping the seeds out and ...
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What method can I use to cook pumpkin seeds so that they turn out crunchy?

I've always enjoyed eating the pumpkin seeds when I buy them at vendor, but whenever I try to make them at home in the oven, they always seem to turn out either still soggy, or deflated and not ...
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Can I use any sort of pumpkin for pumpkin pie?

When I'm making a pumpkin pie, does it matter what sort of pumpkin I use? Are the specific varieties that are more suited to pies or can I just use any pumpkin?
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Replacement for pumpkin

I have a recipe that requires pumpkin, but I would like not to use it. Are there other vegetables, or combination of vegetables I could use? I would like to get the same consistency; if then the taste ...
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How can I make my pumpkin pie thicker?

My preferred recipe for pumpkin pie uses (approximately, to avoid going into recipe details) a pound of pumpkin, sugar (I use brown), an egg, a cup and a half (total) of evaporated milk and cream, ...
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When can't I use a squash in a recipe which calls for pumpkin?

I am not even sure what the difference between squash and pumpkin is - the botanists seem to not recognize it at all, and cooking sources on the Internet are contradictory. I tend to not pay attention ...
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Hulling pumpkin seeds - Possible? Easy?

I have a recipe I want to use that calls for "hulled pumpkin seeds (the green ones)". I have pumpkin seeds saved from carving pumpkins. Do I just... peel them? Any fast way to do this? Is there any ...
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Stuffed pumpkin on a burner

I have been asked to make a main for a potluck this Halloween and I thought I would be "clever" and bake a lamb stew in a pumpkin. I plan to hollow out the pumpkin and add meat, veg, spices, etc. and ...
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Is there a way to tell if a pumpkin is going to be good for cooking?

It's the season for pumpkins and I was wondering if there is a way to tell if a pumpkin was going to taste good enough to cook with. I guess this is a similar situation as with a watermelon - you ...
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How to make Pumpkin Fries

Sweet potato fries are one of my favorite sides. I also love the taste of pumpkin, and thought it would be good to replace the sweet potato in sweet potato fries with pumpkin. I am looking to make ...
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Is it safe to eat pumpkins grown specifically for carving?

As it is coming up to Halloween, there is an abundance of cheap pumpkins in the shops now. I quite like to eat pumpkin rather than carve them. Are the large round orange pumpkins good to eat are are ...
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How to modify a quick bread recipe to add spice / tea flavors?

I have a trusty pumpkin bread that I make countless loaves of every year. My wife and I love Chai Tea and I was curious how one could go about adapting the linked recipe above to include Chai spices ...
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Why is my pumpkin soup sour?

Whenever I make pumpkin soup I always find it to be way too sour and I end up adding a Tbsp of brown sugar to correct. Are Pumpkins naturally tart, or is there a reason why this is happening? Are ...
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Possible Pumpkin Flavors

I am hoping to try out cooking with pumpkin this year and only know a) not to buy jack-o-lantern varieties for cooking, and b) about making it into sweeter things like pies, cakes, cookies et cetera. ...
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How to keep pumpkin fresh for a long time?

I want to store some (about 10 kg.s) fresh pumpkin for a long time (3-6 months) to use in pumpkin pies mostly. What's the most useful way of doing it? Can I put them in freezer? Raw or cooked? And ...
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How to brown the sugar for pumpkin flan?

I've made pumpkin flan from the following recipe http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipes/mucho-gusto-latin-recipes/Pumpkin-Flan I follow the instructions to a tee: "In a ...
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Pumpkin rotting, need to process it now - any ideas with a long shelf life?

I bought 7 huge pumpkins from a gardener two weeks ago. The idea was to store them in the basement, and eat them as soup during the winter. However, sadly, they have started to rot. (I asked a ...
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Advice for adding pumpkin to pancakes?

free pancake recipe (see below) that requires applesauce and would like to know how I could best incorporate canned pumpkin, to make some really yummy pancakes for the holidays. Can I just replace the ...
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How do I substitute out canned pumpkin pie filling

I have a recipe for a pumpkin french toast bake (think pumpkin bread pudding) that calls for 30oz. canned pumpkin pie filing. I have all of the ingredients for making a pumpkin pie from scratch, ...
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steam vs. bake a sugar pumpkin

Which is the best way to cook a sugar pumpkin for pumpkin puree? I've read that you can either steam or bake it, but which way yields the best taste and texture for a pie or other pumpkin treats?
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Using fresh pumpkin as a substitute for canned

Several times I've seen recipes from the United States that call for canned pumpkin which isn't widely available in Australia. From research I see fresh butternut pumpkin / squash which is available ...
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How to avoid fluffy pumpkin pie [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make my pumpkin pie thicker? The pumpkin pie of my childhood was very dense, not like almost all pies I find today. I have tried a few recipes that claim to ...
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Pumpkin Roll Technique

How do you roll a pumpkin roll cake without it breaking mid-fold?
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Can I use sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk for pumpkin pie?

The recipe calls for evaporated milk, but I only have sweetened condensed. Can I use it instead?
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How to make pumpkin extract

How do I make an extract to get the flavor of a pumpkin? Should I use pumpkin seeds or fresh pumpkin or maybe even the pumpkin skin? If I use pumpkin, should I dry it out or dehydrate it?
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When is it necessary to put foil over a pie's crust?

In the past, when I have made pumpkin pie, I have never put foil around the edge of the crust of the pie. Yesterday, I baked a pie with someone else, and they insisted that the foil was necessary to ...
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Exceptional pumpkin variants

Five or six years ago, I happened upon a pumpkin in the bin at a Whole Foods in Cambridge, MA, that turned out to be substantially different from the others I've had. It was, I think, about eight ...
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Pumpkin pie filling way too thick

I am making pumpkin pie from scratch, the filling is way thicker than in the video recipe I followed. Will it still cook properly? I used 2 cups of fresh pumpkin, 2 eggs plus one yolk and one cup of ...
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Can I substitute store-bought puff pastry dough for phyllo in pumpkin pastry?

I want to make a pumpkin filled pastry for a potluck thanksgiving. I found a great recipe for pumpkin & feta pastries, but it calls for filo/phyllo dough. Can I use puff pastry dough instead, to ...
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Too much heavy cream in my pumpkin pie?

I followed the recipe below but I'm concerned that it seems like a lot of cream - it's very runny. I've already mixed it up, poured one pie, and have a ton of mixture left - probably enough for 6 more ...
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Reducing Canned Pumpkin (as per America's Test Kitchen)

I have a request from a friend for a Libby's Pumpkin Roll. I don't have any experience working with pumpkin because I don't like pumpkin. That particular recipe was a holiday family tradition for him, ...
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Pumpkin Baby Food

Is there a way to tell if my pumpkin is ripe enough to make baby food with? It's very hard when I cut into it and the inside is a little like spaghetti squash after I've cleaned it out. I have never ...