Today I taught friends how to make pumpkin pie and muffins. To begin with, one cannot just go down to your local supermarket and buy Libby’s canned pumpkin. Instead one must make a trip to the vegetable market to buy a whole pumpkin. In China I use a a different shaped pumpkin which is oblong. The meat is very sweet and with this shape it is easier to work with. I cut in pieces, scrape out the seeds then steam, remove peelings and puree. A pumpkin this large can easily supply over 10 cups of pureed pumpkin.
I prepared the pureed pumpkin ahead of time, then brought it to my friend’s house for baking. Today I taught four ladies, each from a different country…China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. We made apple pumpkin muffins and a pumpkin pie. So happy that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.