Halloween has been over for a while, but the reminisce of the holiday still remains. Left over candy plagues us sitting on a bowl on our counters each day saying eat another piece, we do but the taste can wear on our taste buds and lose their normal flare. The pumpkin has been chopped up steamed and blended into paste which sits in our freezer waiting for us to finally do something with it so we didn’t just waste money on something that we cut a face into for one night. Oh Halloween, why do you stay around for so long is killing my taste buds, waistline, and food storage space?
So, let’s do something about it! Let’s stop waiting for the left over’s to destroy us and put them to work!
Halloween is over and the Jack-o-Lantern has done its scary job! So, what do you do with it now? You could let it rot; find an interesting way to toss it and smash it into a million pieces or you could bake it!
Start by cleaning it off, if it has started to decay in any spot then find a cool way to smash it and turn it into compost. Once clean, chop it into pieces and steam it! You want it steamed well to kill any bacteria and make it smooshable. Now, either smash with a mashed potato masher or put it in piece by piece to the Cuisinart! Puree your pumpkin well!
· Now using 2 cups of your pumpkin (you can freeze the rest)
· 1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
· 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
· 1/3 cup white sugar
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
· 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
· 1 teaspoon ground ginger
· 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
· 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
· 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
· 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
· 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients until smooth! Pour into your crust this makes one full pie! Bake at 425 for 15 min and then at 350 for about an hour checking regularly. You may need to cook longer depending on your oven and where you live (altitude changes cooking times).
Set out to cool. After around 15 minutes, top your pie with your left over candy corn, a few sliced up snickers or 3 musketeers (whatever candy you have left from Halloween) Arrange around the ends or in a fun design. Put in fridge and cool for about an hour. Now, dig in!