Top 10 ways to use up leftover pumpkin
Discover our top 10 ways to use up leftover pumpkin after Halloween. Bake a delicious traybake, create a filling curry or a warming bowl of soup.
You've carved a fun design and displayed it with pride, now, what to do with your Halloween pumpkin? Turn your leftovers into something delicious with our spectacular sponges, snacks, sweets and family suppers.
1. Squidgy pumpkin & ginger loaf
A slice of our squidgy pumpkin & ginger loaf, with a warming cup of tea, is the perfect antidote to chilly evenings. This dense loaf, laced with black treacle, golden syrup and aromatic spices tastes even better having been left for a couple of days for the flavours to mature. Try a thick slice, smeared with butter.
2. Pumpkin hummus
Turn your carved out pumpkin into a spooky centrepiece with our creamy pumpkin hummus. The nutty tahini, roasted garlic and earthy pumpkin make for a moreish dip – everyone will be going back for seconds of this simple, healthy snack. Serve it in the pumpkin shell for an eye-catching display.
3. Creamy pumpkin & lentil soup
Use soft pumpkin flesh to make a creamy pumpkin & lentil soup, topped with crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds. This wholesome seasonal bowlful makes a great family-friendly dinner, served with hunks of crusty bread or buttery garlic bread. Blitz your ingredients in a blender with crème fraîche for a silky smooth soup that packs plenty of flavour.
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4. Pumpkin pancakes
Believe it or not, you can turn chunks of pumpkin into a mouth-watering brunch treat. Our pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch are a seriously impressive stack. Soft, fluffy pancakes, salty, sweet sauce, crunchy pecans and a dollop of vanilla ice cream make for a truly decadent start to the day. Or, try our healthy pumpkin pancakes with fresh fruit and crème fraîche.
5. Pumpkin curry with chickpeas
No one could turn down a bowl of our pumpkin curry with chickpeas and fluffy naan. Soft chunks of pumpkin make a great base for this veggie main, it also makes a delicious side dish paired with roast meat or fish. It tastes even better the next day after the flavours have had a change to intensify.
6. Classic pumpkin pie
Fill your kitchen with mouth-watering seasonal aromas and treat yourself to a slice of classic pumpkin pie with pecan & maple cream. Use up your lantern carvings and create something delicious in the process. Enjoy a substantial slab with a dollop of cream for a dreamy dessert or afternoon pick-me-up.
7. Pumpkin & bacon pasta
Indulge in something savoury with our bacon & pumpkin pasta, topped with plenty of cheese. We guarantee the whole family will love this versatile autumnal bowl of goodness. To make it veggie, simply swap the pancetta for mushrooms fried with the onion, or, add a couple of handfuls of baby spinach before the cheese is sprinkled on. Take ten minutes to prep this dish and plate up with pride.
8. Pumpkin spice scones
Feeling snacky? Our pumpkin spice scones, served warm with a spread of butter or soft cheese, are sure to keep you going 'til dinner time. These gloriously golden bakes can be whipped up in under 30 minutes with just a few simple steps. Unexpected guests? One of these pumpkin scones and a cuppa is sure to please any palate.
9. Pumpkin cupcakes
Try grating pumpkin and mixing into our spiced pumpkin cupcakes. This twist on a classic carrot cake is simple to make – the feather-light sponges are delicious with a dollop of icing or served plain.
10. Pumpkin pie s'mores
Merge two USA classics into one bite-sized treat. Our easy pumpkin pie s'mores with melty marshmallow filling and warming ginger biscuits are a gooey delight. Add a sprinkling of cinnamon for a hint of sweetness and spice.
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