I tend to cook from scratch. Rarely do we purchase “mixes.” J loves pumpkin pie with holiday meals and it drives me crazy that so many pumpkins are sold in the fall, set on porches and left to spoil. And when you look for a recipe for pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, it calls for canned pumpkin. We grow pumpkins each year and the ones that were harvested in the fall of 2014 were such good keepers, that I cooked the last 4 small ones yesterday to use to make the two pumpkin pies that will be baked on Wednesday.
None of the remaining pumpkins from last year were very large, just slightly larger than a grapefruit each, and cut in half, they all fit on my huge baking sheet. The chickens benefitted from the raw pumpkin seed and cooked skins with the small amount of remaining meat that I couldn’t scrape out. The 4 pumpkins only made just under 6 cups of cooked puree. This will be more than enough for two pies.
While the pumpkins were baking, I started a couple of loaves of bread. I used to bake all of our bread, but A, the 8 year old grand that lives with us, prefers what I call balloon bread, the soft gummy square commercial loaves. I keep trying to make a bread that is light enough to suit him. The rest of us love a good hearty rustic loaf.
My wooden bread bowl was put to use, more unbleached bread flour than whole wheat used and the loaves came out almost lighter than I prefer.
Two beautifully risen, golden loaves. . . and still not to his liking. But the rest of us polished off a whole loaf with our dinner last night. SIL will enjoy making his lunch sandwiches on the other one this week.
I need more flour, but with having 9 folks in the house for most of this week, I will do another baking when the oven is hot for pies on Wednesday. We will need it for lunches and breakfasts later in the week.
Last night the bottom fell out of the fall thermometer. It isn’t as cold as we will see and it will moderate in a couple of days, but it was 26f when I got up and the chicken water is frozen for the first time this season. A has been dispatched to the bus, N has been fed and dressed, chickens have been fed, but I need to take some warm water over and see if I can thaw their water pail.
If it warms enough, I need to put urethane on the Beard and Apothecary gift boxes that I’m putting together for the December 12th Winter Holiday Market. If not, J and I still need to go to the bookstore to get N a book for her birthday tomorrow.