Posted 09-03-2002 at 16:46:12
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Pumpkin pie is easy. You just clean out the pumpkin like it was Halloween, then cut it up into pieces that will fit into a boiling pot. Boil however much you are going to use for about 20 minutes, until a fork goes easily through it. Let it cool and cut away the peel. Use the pumpkin and follow the Betty Crocker recipe. Winter squash works just the same. The spices make the pie, pumpkin or squash is just filler. I just made some squash bread the same way from a big ole winter squash. Yummy.
If you don't have a Betty Crocker cookbook, get one. It's survival in the kitchen for me! But I will also copy the recipe for you if you need it.
By the way, you said you were using pie pumpkins so this doesn't apply to you, but if anyone is contemplating using Jack O Lanterns or other big ornamental pumpkins, many of them are really stringy when you boil them. Suggest you not use them in these recipes. Will taste ok, but will be noticably wierd in texture (been there, done that).