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Making Homemade Pumpkin Puree

By stacy ling

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While you can easily make this recipe using store-bought pumpkin puree, if you are growing your own pumpkins, it’s pretty easy to make your own! Learn how to do it with these simple tips.

Cooking Tip Choose small to medium-sized pumpkins that are  specifically meant for cooking, such as sugar pumpkins or pie pumpkins.  These varieties have sweeter and smoother flesh compared to carving  pumpkins.

Preheat oven to 375°F and wash pumpkins thoroughly to remove any dirt.

Using a sharp knife, carefully cut off the top stem portion of each pumpkin, then cut the pumpkins in half from top to bottom.

Scoop out the pulp and seeds.  Place the cleaned pumpkin halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the pumpkin flesh is  fork-tender. The exact time may vary depending on the size and type of  pumpkin.

Remove from the oven and allow the pumpkins to cool until you can handle them comfortably. Using a spoon, scrape the cooked pumpkin flesh away from the skin. It should come away easily and be quite soft.

Transfer the pumpkin flesh to a blender or food processor. Blend until  smooth and creamy. If the puree seems a little thick, add a small amount  of water to thin it out.

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Follow along to learn more about making pumpkin puree and this easy pumpkin dump cake recipe.

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