Flesh-eating humans–pumpkin flesh, that is (anytime)

October 30, 2008

This year I finally stuck with the resolution I make every Halloween: to save the pumpkin flesh from carving the eyes and nose and mouth and cook it up. It turned out to be way easier that I expected. For one thing, this year I used a power drill and an apple corer to make circles — it’s much faster than trying to form circles with a saw or knife — and the results were a lot of fun. I also found a recipe just right for someone like me, who always chooses apples or berries over pumpkins in a pie.

Pumpkin Pie Squares
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal, uncooked
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 16-oz. can pumpkin (or about 3 cups of flesh from about four jack-o-lanterns)
1 13-oz. can low-fat evaporated milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you’re using jack-o-lantern flesh, make sure it’s all in pieces of about the same size. Toss them with olive oil and a bit of salt (trust me on this!) and bake them for half an hour or

45 minutes, until they’re tender when pierced with a fork. You can bake the crust at the same time: Combine the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar and butter until crumbly. Press the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake it at 350 for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix all the remaining ingredients together. If you’re using jack-o-lantern flesh, puree the ingredients together in the blender for the smoothest texture; if you’re using canned pumpkin, whisking well should be sufficient. Pour the mixture over the crust and bake it for 35 minutes. Remove it from the oven carefully, because the custard will firm up as it cools. When it’s cooled to room temperature, cut it into squares. Refrigerate any leftovers.

The recipe is from the University of Missouri Extension, which teamed up with Parents as Teachers last spring to offer a very informative nutrition class. If you’re not taking advantage of either of those free resources for your young children yet, check out their homepages to learn how to get started.


One Response to “Flesh-eating humans–pumpkin flesh, that is (anytime)”

  1. Charles J Taft Says:

    Looks like your ranch girl background is showing up again??

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