The world according to pumpkin facts over one billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the US. Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit (they contain seeds) but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables. Pumpkins are low in calories, 100 grams of pumpkin produces around 26 calories of energy. Thanksgiving is a time that I pull out all my favorite pumpkin recipes.
Pumpkins were an important food source for the pilgrims, as they stored well, which meant they would have a nutritious food source during the winter months. It is documented that pumpkins were served at the second Thanksgiving celebration. When mentally picturing an early Thanksgiving, we usually think of a Pilgrim woman in a bleached starched white apron holding a pumpkin pie with a perfectly fluted crust . The truth is in fact, quite the opposite. The Pilgrims cut the top off of a pumpkin, scooped the seeds out, and filled the cavity with cream, honey, eggs and spices. They placed the top back on and carefully buried it in the hot ashes of a cooking fire. When finished cooking, they lifted this blackened item from the earth with no pastry shell whatsoever. They scooped the contents out along with the cooked flesh of the shell like a custard. Yumm! The Pilgrims were also known to make pumpkin beer. They fermented a combination of persimmons, hops, maple sugar and pumpkin to make this early colonial brew.
I did not make pie or beer but I did create a pumpkin pancake that the kids loved! The best part is they are grain free and nut free. Double bonus!
Let's Get Started
Yields about 8 - 10 3" pancakes.
4 eggs at room temp
2 heaping TBL of pumpkin I used this kind
1 TBL Honey
1/4 - 1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
cinnamon to taste
nutmeg to taste
ghee or coconut oil to fry your pancake
The down and dirty:
combine your eggs, pumpkin, and honey in a food processor. slowly add in your dry ingredients. You want the batter drippy enough that it comes off the spoon easily, and spreads out in your pan. If you get it to dry - add a little bit of water to thin it out. Fry up in your pan - be cautious when flipping. These were delicious with a serving of honey or maple syrup on top.