Seasonal pumpkin recipes to save waste this Halloween

halloween_leaves_plants_pumpkin-1166734Pumpkin season is just round the corner and what better way to get in the Halloween spirit than trying out our top pumpkin inspired recipes.

Carving pumpkins into lanterns is a tradition that stemmed from Ireland. Originally turnips and potatoes were used but when Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered pumpkins, the ritual was formed

Last year in a Guardian survey, research found that approximately 8 million pumpkins were binned after Halloween in the UK. This was the equivalent of enough pumpkin pie to feed the whole nation.

Follow these seasonal recipes below, to ensure you make the best of your pumpkin leftovers this Halloween.

 

1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup whole milk
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
Whipped cream in a can, optional

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in milk. Pour into pastry shell.
Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 45-50 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Top with whipped cream if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Info graphic by Laura McCulloch

  • ROASTED PUMPKIN SOUP

One of the best ways to ensure no leftover pumpkin goes to waste this Halloween, is to cook up a hearty bowl of soup.

Follow Jamie Oliver’s Autumn recipe to create ‘glorious roasted pumpkin soup’. https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/glorious-roasted-pumpkin-soup/

• 1.5kg edible pumpkin
• Olive oil
• 1 teaspoon dried chilli
• 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
• 1 large onion
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1 carrot
• 1 stick of celery
• 1 litre hot vegetable stock

1.Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F. Half the pumpkin and remove the seeds (you can keep these for roasting), then chop into wedges. Place the pumpkin on two large baking trays and drizzle over a little olive oil. In a pestle and mortar, grind the chilli and coriander seeds with a pinch of salt until finely ground. Sprinkle the spices over the pumpkin with some black pepper. Roast the pumpkin for 1 hour, or until soft and slightly caramelised at the edges.

2.Meanwhile, roughly chop the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Heat a lug of olive oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan then add the vegetables and cook for 15 minutes, or until soft and sweet but not coloured.

 

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  • PUMPKIN CUPCAKES

An alternative to handing out bags of sweets and chocolates this 31st is mini pumpkin cupcakes. According to BBC Good Food, these are simple to make and a hit with young children. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/pumpkin_and_rosemary_11109

60ml/2fl oz vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
180g/6½oz self-raising flour
130g/4½oz wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch salt
3 fresh rosemary sprigs, finely chopped
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
100ml/4fl oz plain yoghurt
275ml/10fl oz milk
1 tbsp honey
240g/8½oz cooked pumpkin, cut into ½cm/¼in cubes
handful pumpkin seeds

1.Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Oil a 12-hole muffin tin and line with 12 squares of baking paper. Push the squares down into each hole so that the paper sticks up.

2.Sift the flours, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Stir in the salt and rosemary. (Reserve any wholegrain left in the sieve.)
Meanwhile in another bowl, mix the eggs, yoghurt, milk, honey and vegetable oil until well combined.

3.Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold the ingredients together, but be careful not to over-work the mixture. Stir in most of the pumpkin, reserving a little for the top of the muffins. Spoon the mixture into the muffin ca1377700265_bf21568ee7ses.
Sprinkle the reserved wholegrain, pumpkin and the pumpkin seeds over the muffins. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20–25 minutes, or until the muffins are well risen and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

 

 

 

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