‘Tis the season to give you artistic makes use of for leftovers — however past the same old turkey and mashed potatoes, that half-full can of pumpkin could be difficult to take care of post-pie.
Thankfully, pumpkin is ideal for each candy and savoury purposes.
Relating to baking, you’ll be able to stir it into pancake, waffle batter or muffin batter, add it to every kind of yeast dough, or flip it into cookies.
Swap pumpkin puree for some or all the mashed banana in your banana bread, or for the crushed pineapple or applesauce in your carrot cake (most fruit purees can be utilized interchangeably).
You may add an enormous spoonful to your hummus or smoothie, or stir some right into a pot of soup, chili or stew.
Swirl a dollop into your oatmeal, right into a batch of risotto or polenta, mash it into your potatoes, add egg and flour to make gnocchi, or stir right into a container of ricotta to make use of as a submitting for ravioli.
You may make pumpkin fritters — add sugar, egg and sufficient flour to make a sticky dough you’ll be able to drop by the spoonful into scorching oil, or in case you have a canine, you can also make pumpkin canine biscuits.
And naturally, it would not need to be canned pumpkin puree. These are all nice methods to make use of leftover mashed squash or candy potatoes, for those who occur to have surplus of both, as an alternative.
Pumpkin Naan (or pizza, or focaccia!)
A number of spoonfuls of pumpkin puree go superbly into chewy yeast dough to make naan, pizza and even focaccia.
When you’ve got roughly puree so as to add, simply use a bit much less or extra flour till you have got a easy, very cheesy dough.
- 1 cup heat water
- 2 tsp lively dry or on the spot yeast
- ½ cup (roughly) pumpkin puree
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2-4 tbsp olive or canola oil, plus further for cooking
- 1 tsp salt
- flaky salt, to complete (elective)
Put the nice and cozy water in a big bowl, sprinkle the yeast over and let sit till it dissolves. (If you happen to’re nervous it is perhaps inactive, let it sit for 10 minutes, till it will get foamy. If it would not, it’s possible you’ll want recent yeast.)
Add the pumpkin puree, flour, oil (be happy to eyeball this, you do not should be exact) and salt.
Stir (or use the dough hook in your stand mixer) till the dough comes collectively, then knead for a couple of minutes, till easy and elastic.
It will likely be very cheesy. If it’s miles too sticky to work with, add a bit extra flour, however bear in mind it would easy out because it sits.
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Form the dough right into a ball for those who like, return it to the bowl, drizzle with oil and switch to coat it throughout.
Cowl with a tea towel or plate and let sit on the counter for at the very least an hour and as much as a number of hours, punching it down from time to time.
To make naan: Pull off massive items of dough (concerning the measurement of two eggs) and roll as skinny as you’ll be able to on an unfloured floor. The dough might want to cling a bit in an effort to roll it very skinny, nevertheless it should not stick.
Warmth a heavy (forged iron is right) skillet over excessive warmth, add a drizzle of oil (or a spoonful of ghee) and cook dinner every skinny piece of dough for a pair minutes per aspect, turning because it bubbles and turns golden on both sides.
If you happen to like, sprinkle with a little bit of flaky salt whereas it is nonetheless heat.
Serves: about 8.
To make pizza: preheat the oven to 450 to 500 F, divide the dough in half and gently stretch into two pizzas, or simply make one bigger one.
Assemble it on a parchment-lined baking sheet, or one which has been sprinkled with flour or cornmeal.
Prime along with your toppings of alternative, plus cheese, and bake for 15 to twenty minutes, till bubbly and deep golden.
Makes: one massive or two medium pizzas.
To make focaccia: generously oil a 9×13-inch pan.
Flatten the dough into the underside, then flip it over in order that it is coated with oil and press till it covers your entire backside of the pan.
Press your fingers deep into the dough, straight by to the underside, to create deep dimples.
Cowl and let it sit for one more hour, preheating your oven to 425 F towards the tip.
Drizzle the dough with a bit extra oil, and sprinkle with flaky salt.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, till deep golden. Prove onto a reducing board to slice.
Serves: about 12.
These tender, cakey hermits are a bit like muffin tops.
Add something you wish to them: dried fruit, chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips.
White chocolate goes notably effectively with the pumpkin and spice.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½- ¾ cup canned pure pumpkin
- 1 massive egg
- ¼ cup darkish molasses
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp floor ginger
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp positive salt
- ½ cup dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries and/or chopped dried apricots)
- ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (elective)
- ½ cup white or semi-sweet chocolate chips (elective)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In a big bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, pumpkin, egg, molasses and vanilla till easy.
In one other bowl, stir collectively the flour, spices, baking soda and salt.
Add to the butter combination and stir till virtually mixed; add the raisins, nuts and/or chocolate and stir simply till blended.
Drop scoops or massive spoonfuls a pair inches aside on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes, till simply set — springy to the contact across the edges, however you continue to go away a slight dent for those who poke them within the center.
Switch to a wire rack to chill.
Makes: about 18 cookies.
Ramone’s Pumpkin Bones
Canine treats are an effective way to utilize pumpkin puree! These make your home odor fantastic, too.
- ½ cup pumpkin puree (or any mashed winter squash)
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp canola or different vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp molasses or honey
- 2 cups entire wheat or barley flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- a shake of cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a big bowl, stir collectively the pumpkin puree, egg, oil and molasses. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Stir, then knead till you have got a tender dough.
If it is too sticky, add a bit extra flour. You need not fear about making canine cookies powerful!
Scatter some flour over your countertop and roll the dough out about ¼-inch thick. Lower into no matter shapes you want (be careful for sharp edges) and switch to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to twenty minutes, or till agency.
Allow them to cool on the sheet, or flip the oven off however go away them inside because it cools in order that they harden additional.
Very dry cookies will final indefinitely — in the event that they nonetheless have some moisture to them, freeze any you do not plan to make use of inside 5 to 6 days.
Makes: about two-dozen cookies.
With recordsdata from the Calgary Eyeopener.