Put your Halloween leftovers to good use by making a pumpkin or winter squash purée, then use it in delicious seasonal suppers and bakes.
Whizz up a batch of homemade pumpkin purée (or use a can of this super seasonal ingredient) for our simple recipes. Turn this humble orange blend into a showstopping cake, a perfectly spiced pie or a batch of fluffy pancakes. This versatile veg is sure to satisfy both your sweet and savoury cravings.
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How to make pumpkin purée
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Different varieties of pumpkin make different textures and flavour of purée, so while you can use any pumpkin for purée, they'll give different results. You can also try using different varieties of winter squash: butternut squash have orange flesh, a very dense texture and a sweet flavour, while kabocha (Japanese squash) have yellow flesh, an earthier flavour and turn fudgy once cooked. The orange pumpkins you see everywhere at Halloween usually don’t have much flavour and can have watery flesh. To cook pumpkin, steam it over a pan of boiling water or cook in a microwave (see below).
Pumpkin purée recipe:
Prep: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20-30 mins
Ingredients: 750g pumpkin or butternut squash
1. To steam the pumpkin, peel and seed it, then cut into evenly sized cubes. Put the cubes in a steamer or colander set over a pan of simmering water and cook for 10 mins. Test with the point of a knife and cook for a further 5 mins if not cooked through. Mash and leave to cool. Alternatively, to microwave the pumpkin, cut it in half (there's no need to peel it or cut out the seeds) and sit cut-side up in the microwave. Cook for 20 mins, then check the flesh is soft by poking it with a fork. Keep cooking if you’d like it softer. Scoop the flesh into a bowl, then mash and leave to cool.
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Recipes ideas for pumpkin purée
1. Pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch
Get your brunch off to a brilliant start with our fat, fluffy pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch sauce. The thick batter creates luxurious pancakes you can stack to your heart's content. Once you've tried our sweet and salty pecan sauce with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you won't be able to go back to plain lemon and sugar. For the best possible results, purée your pumpkin the night before and leave in the fridge to chill.
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2. Butternut, maple & pecan lattice pie
Spiced and golden brown, this butternut, maple & pecan pie is a slice of autumn on a plate. Dust your pie with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche for the ideal end to a comforting seasonal feast. This picture-perfect lattice is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and plenty of ginger for an unbeatable spice combination.
3. Classic pumpkin pie
Deciding what to make for a crowd-pleasing dessert? It's as easy as pie. Turn any leftover pumpkin into an easy purée and whip up our American-inspired classic pumpkin pie. These hearty wedges of golden goodness are infinitely better than anything shop-bought and both kids and adults alike will love the mellow flavours.
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4. Pumpkin & caramel cake
Layer upon layer of pumpkin-spiced sponge, dulce de leche and cream cheese frosting? This glorious pumpkin & caramel cake is an instant win that uses clever shortcuts to make a towering treat everyone will want to try. Decorate with pumpkin-laced cream cheese icing and toasted pecans.
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5. Pumpkin pie s'mores
Combine two mouth-watering desserts to create the ultimate Bonfire Night nibble. Squidge pumpkin pie and melty marshmallow s'mores together and you get our pumpkin pie s'mores. Sandwich your purée and marshmallows between gingernut biscuits and you've got yourself a gooey masterpiece.
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