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  1. #1 Pumpkin Pointers, Please 
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    I have the following:

    - 1 pumpkin
    - 1 oven
    - A jones for pumpkin bread
    - A really good recipe for pumpkin bread

    There's just one problem. The recipe calls for 2 cups of pumpkin and I don't know how to prepare it for baking. I've been told I have to wash it, cut it in half, scrape out the inside, stem it and bake it, but for how long? At what temperature? How do I know when it's done? Do I have to strain it afterwards?
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    You'd be far better off with canned pumpkin. But since you have the real thing, treat it like any other squash. I don't know how big the pumpkin is, but you can cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and strings, and put it on a greased baking sheet (olive or vegetable oil is best), and bake it until it's soft. Bake at 350 to 375; anything higher will roast it more than you want.

    Cut the skin off, and mash the pulp (pulsing in a food processor will help this step).
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    So 350 until it's soft. Are we talking cave-in soft? Can I use a blender if I don't have a food processor?
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    So 350 until it's soft. Are we talking cave-in soft? Can I use a blender if I don't have a food processor?
    Yes, cave-in soft. Use whatever you have to pulp it. Canned pumpkin often has spices in addition to the pumpkin so your recipe might need a little more of a kick in terms of spice. If you have "pumpkin pie spice" (yes, that's what it's called), just dump more of that in.
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    Well I think I may have screwed the pooch. I baked the bottom half until it caved in, scooped about 4 cups of pumpkin out and strained it, but I forgot to blend it. It was really mushy already though. If it turns out okay, I'll share the recipe and maybe some pics. 50 more minutes in the oven. Everyone pray for me. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troll View Post
    Well I think I may have screwed the pooch. I baked the bottom half until it caved in, scooped about 4 cups of pumpkin out and strained it, but I forgot to blend it. It was really mushy already though. If it turns out okay, I'll share the recipe and maybe some pics. 50 more minutes in the oven. Everyone pray for me. :(
    Didn't you ever have pumpkin pie.Make it the same taste and texture as that !
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