Pumpkins are the perfect treat in the autumn.
Firstly, I love the sentiment behind pumpkins in general, because for me it means an awesome autumn with cosy nights in, heartwarming food and layering up in knits. I also love that every bit of a single pumpkin can be used for so many different things. I enjoy cooking numerous recipes and trying out new crafts and carvings every year. I’ve put together a few of my favourite Halloween ideas for using pumpkins.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂
1. Pumpkin Flapjacks
Pumpkin Flapjack Ingredients:
- 100g soft brown sugar
- 100g golden syrup
- 125g unsulted butter
- 250g porridge oats
- 75g pumpkin seeds
- Pinch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
- Pinch of salt (optional)
Step 1: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and press into a greased flat tray.
Step 2: Bake on gas mark 6/180 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.
Don’t forget to let it cool down before you devour the pumpkin flapjacks 😉
[Recipe from Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story]
2. Jack O’ Lantern
What You Will Need:
- Pen or marker
- Candles and matches
How to Carve a Pumpkin?
Step 1: Cut the top off the pumpkin and take out the seeds and vines.
Step 2: Hollow it out using a spoon and knife, leaving the walls about 1 cm thick.
Step 3: Draw a scary face or bats, ghost, moon and stars or anything spooky using a pen or marker. You can then use this to carve out the image on your pumpkin using a knife.
Step 4: Place and light candles in the middle of your hollowed out pumpkin and place the top back into place. You will then see your Halloween Jack O’ Lantern illuminate.
3. Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Soup Ingredients:
- 500g pumpkin
- 20g margarine/butter
- 1 small onion
- 250ml vegetable stock
- 1 spoon of garlic paste
- pinch of salt, pepper, nutmeg and chilli flakes
- Blender (optional & if you don’t like chunks in your soup)
Pumpkin Soup Recipe:
Step 1: Melt the butter in a pan and cook your onion and garlic for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Add chunks of your pumpkin and spices and increase the heat, cooking it for 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: Add the stock and bring to the boil. Now cook it on a low heat for 45 minutes.
Let it cool before eating.
Optional: Blend the soup (perfect if you don’t like chunks)
[Adapted from Pippa Middleton’s Celebrate book that’s full of seasonal crafts and recipes]
So, I’ve shared three fabulous things that you can do with a single pumpkin this Halloween and autumn.
What will you be doing with your pumpkin this year?