Pumpkin in 5 Ways

Community Manager

 

                                                                                                       Pumpkin in 5 ways

 

 

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With Halloween around the corner, there is one vital product that we can’t forget about and that’s a pumpkin. It goes without saying that we all know pumpkins to be used for carving and as decoration for Halloween but what about after Halloween… We wanted to make sure that no bit of your pumpkin goes to waste so have come up with a list of various ways to you can make the most of your pumpkins this Halloween.

 

  1. Pumpkin Chocolate Truffles

For those of you who want a sweet treat, try out some pumpkin, chocolate chip and oat cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 55g full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 15g Icing sugar
  • 72g pumpkin puree
  • 87g rich tea biscuit crumbs
  • 87g digestive biscuit crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 113g white chocolate, coarsely chopped and melted

Topping

  • 283g white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl until creamy - about 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and beat on high until combined. Add the biscuits crumbs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and melted chocolate. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until everything is combined. The mixture is supposed to be soft and thick. Cover mixture tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Chilling is mandatory.
  2. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  3. Begin rolling chilled mixture into balls and place the balls on the baking sheets. You should have around 35 total. Chill balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  4. During the last few minutes of the chilling time, begin melting the chocolate. Let the warm chocolate sit for 5 minutes to slightly cool before dipping.
  5. Remove balls from the refrigerator and dip them in the chocolate using a dipping tool. When lifting the truffle out of the chocolate, remember to tap the dipping tool gently on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Top truffles with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs, if desired.
  6. Place balls back onto the baking sheet after you dip each one. Allow chocolate to completely set in the refrigerator before serving.

 

 2. Pumpkin Seeds

This next use is so easy and super yummy. By taking the pumpkin seeds out of your pumpkin you can make yourself a quick treat that are tasty but also cheap!

 

3 simple ingredients

 

  • 100g raw whole pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2.
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking tray and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

 

3. Pumpkin soup

This is one we couldn’t leave out especially as the winter weather is quickly approaching.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 2 kg / pumpkin
  • 1onion, sliced
  • 2garlic cloves
  • 750ml vegetable or chicken broth
  • 250 mlwater
  • Salt and pepper

 

Instructions

 

  1. Cut the pumpkin into 3cm / 2.25" slices. Cut the skin off and scrape seeds out (video is helpful). Cut into chunks.
  2. Place the pumpkin, onion, garlic, broth and water in a pot - liquid won't cover all the pumpkin. Bring to a boil, uncovered, then reduce heat and let simmer rapidly until pumpkin is tender.
  3. Remove from heat and use a stick blender to blend until smooth. If you don't have a stick blender, use a blender - see notes.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir through cream (never boil soup after adding soup, cream will split).

 

4. Pumpkin fondue holder

Instead of throwing away your whole pumpkin why not make a night out of it and have your own baked pumpkin fondue

 

Instructions

 

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  2. Cut off the top of your pumpkin like a lid and scoop out all the seeds. Put the lid back on and sit the whole pumpkin on a sturdy baking tray and bake.
  3. Remove the pumpkin from the oven, discard the lid and increase the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  4. Add in your fondue mixture and tuck in!

5. Pumpkin Face Mask

This final use is one you wouldn’t necessarily think of but will have great benefits for your skin.. .A pumpkin face mask

 

Ingredients
1 small pumpkin purified
1/2 tsp organic honey
1/2 tsp milk

Directions

1: Remove all makeup and wash your face with your regular cleanser.

2: Combine pumpkin puree, honey, and milk in a small bowl and mix well. Beat the gooey insides to a creamy pulp and mix with honey and milk.

3: Apply the mask using your fingers or a medium-sized makeup brush; avoid getting the mixture too close to the eyes.

4: Leave mask on for about 20 minutes or till set

5: Gently wash off the mask with a warm, damp washcloth and follow with a moisturizer.

 

 

Those are our great uses for all you pumpkin lovers so get squashing and mixing, and we can’t wait to see you try out these uses yourself!

 

Our pumpkins will be available in store on 11th October

 

Best,

Sophie

5 Comments
Regular Contributor

Hello @Lidl

I noticed some cute little pumpkins in Lidl on my last visit, I think they were described as luncheons.

I was so tempted to buy but wouldn't know what to do with them eating-wise. Any ideas?

 

Respected Contributor

Some great ideas there @Lidl   

Community Manager

The options are endless @Roz! In the blog we spoke about making soup and truffles as well as using the seeds as a tasty snack but you can also roast it to put them in a salad or have as a side for a mediterrean roast!

 

Thanks,

Sophie 

Regular Contributor

@Lidl- great idea to use the entire pumpkin but most of the big pumpkins that are grown for Samhain are grown for size rather than taste and so I've found cooking them, except as a filler, is a waste of time! Please tell us all if the ones that Lidl have for sale are any different? Thank you

New Contributor

Lovely ideas. I always forget to use the rest. Some of the seeds I've tried to grow but slugs got the plants.