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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Cooking with Pumpkin


Halloween's over. It's time to throw out the old jack-o-latern, but pumpkins are still in season and are great to cook with. Pumpkin Pie is a famous Thanksgiving Day treat, but for a little change of pace, try some pumpkin bread:

Pumpkin Bread
Makes 2 loaves. Prep time: 15 minutes.
Cooking time: 1 hr. to 1 hr. and 15 minutes.

4 cups self-rising flour
3 cups sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 16oz. can pumpkin
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2/3 cup water

Preheat oven at 350F degrees. Grease two loaf pans. In large bowl mix all dry ingredients together. In separate bowl mix pumpkin, eggs, oil, and water together; add to dry ingredients. Fold together until well moistened. Divide batter between the two prepared pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans after about 15 minutes cool time.

And for your afternoon or evening snack, make your own toasted pumpkin seeds.



Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds
3 Teaspoons Melted Butter
Salt to taste.

Mix the seeds with the butter and salt. Spread the seeds out evenly on a cookie sheet, and bake at 300 degrees for 40 mins. Prep Time: 5 Min




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