An over achiever…that’s what I was this year. I may have went a little overboard with pumpkins before Halloween. You see, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we’re finally in a house, a nice house that I can decorate and well…I am decorating! haha.
So before Halloween, I bought two pumpkin for us to carve for the front porch. Then I bought two pumpkins when I went to the Pumpkin Patch with my dog-daughter’s class and then I bought more pumpkins to decorate the front porch and the living room. We did carve our two Jack-O-Lanterns but I just set the other pumpkins around the house and on the porch.
Halloween came and left and we tossed our pitiful Jack-O-Lanterns into the trash and I left the other pumpkins out for “Fall Decorations”. After all, they hadn’t been cut and looked the same as they did the day I bought them.
So I hauled one of the huge “Jack-O-Lantern” style pumpkins into the kitchen on evening and set it up on a date with my oven. 😉 I’ve heard time and time again that you just “can’t make pumpkin pies or pumpkin bread from “Jack-O-Lantern” style pumpkins” but I say it’s all LIES! I never buy “pie pumpkins” and always make my pumpkin puree and pumpkin pies from “Jack-O-Lantern” style pumpkins!
I first started making my own pumpkin puree a few years ago when I was again being an over achiever and wanted to make my own pumpkin pie from scratch. haha. It’s not that hard to make and 1 large “Jack-O-Lantern” style pumpkin normally gives me about 7-8 cups of Pumpkin Puree. (Which makes about 6 or so pumpkin pies haha) Freeze it if you’re not going to use it all at once!
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Need some more Pumpkin inspiration? Here are some great recipes that use Pumpkin Puree:
Savory Pumpkin + Cheese Stuffed Shells from An Edible Mosaic
Pumpkin & Cheese Spice Bread from An Edible Mosaic
100 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes Round Up from Bakeaholic Mama
Thai-Inspired Pumpkin Soup from An Edible Mosaic
Pumpkin Caramel Layer Bars from Dinners Dishes and Desserts
Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake from Daily Dish Recipes
Pumpkin Caramel Latte Flan from Pastry Chef Online
Maple Pumpkin Pudding from Pastry Chef Online
Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze from Noble Pig
Creamy Pumpkin Smoothies from Noble Pig
Tangy Sriracha Pumpkin-Parmesan Soup with Fried Sage Leaves from Noble Pig
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – Low Carb/Gluten-Free from All Day I Dream About Food
Pumpkin Flan – Low Carb and Gluten-Free from All Day I Dream About Food
Easy Pumpkin Tart from Homemaking Hacks
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Bars from Homemaking Hacks
Simple Caramel Pumpkin Mini “Pies” from Homemaking Hacks
Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes with Orange Curd from Savory Simple
Pumpkin Pie Paleo Shake from Pint Sized Baker
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting from 52 Kitchen Adventures
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies from 52 Kitchen Adventures
Mini Pumpkin Muffins from 52 Kitchen Adventures
Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding from Because I Like Chocolate
Pumpkin Sticky Buns from Because I Like Chocolate
Pumpkin Coconut Flour Pancakes – Low Carb and Gluten-Free from All Day I Dream About Food
Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Farm Girl Gourmet
Pumpkin Olive Oil Cake from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner