We had such a wonderful time going to the farm, choosing our pumpkins then coming home and cooking with them! What a fab experience for children! Here are the recipes we used.
Pumpkin soup recipe
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1kg pumpkins, deseeded and chopped into chunks
- 700ml vegetable stock or chicken stock
- 142ml pot double cream
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured. Add 1kg peeled, deseeded and chopped pumpkin to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.
- Pour 700ml vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft. Pour the 142ml pot of double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender (we used our NutriBullet). Soup is now ready to be enjoyed! The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.
- 750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
- 350g sweet shortcrust pastry flan case
- plain flour, for dusting
- 140g caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 25g butter, melted
- 175ml milk
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- Place the pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain pumpkin; let cool.
- Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
- Purée the cooled pumpkin with a hand blender (we used our NutriBullet). In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg and half the cinnamon. Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk, then add to the pumpkin purée and stir to combine. Pour into the tart shell and cook for 10 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Continue to bake for 35-40 mins until the filling has just set.
- Leave to cool. Mix the remaining cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the pie. Serve chilled.
Both on recipes based on BBC Good food recipes.
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Happy cooking! xx