What if God invented a pumpkin so pretty for decorating, for stacking and for adding a touch of whimsy to porch or garden...
Made it one of the BEST TASTING PUMPKINS in the world????
Welcome to the Jarrahdale Pumpkin, from the land down under, a new favorite at my busy and fun farm stand and a new favorite at the Blodgett/Herne house!
Someone had the brains, ingenuity and time to mix Hubbard Squash "blue" with pumpkin "orange" and came up with a gray/blue pumpkin with Seriously Delicious Orange Flesh.
OH MY STARS.
First, these bad boys (meaning the pumpkins, there are no true bad boys here, I reform them in my books. Don't try this at home, it does not appear to work so well in real life) have amazing density. They are heavy pumpkins because the seed cavity is about the size of a big butternut squash. The rest is food, so you can decorate through October... and then CONSUME THE DECORATIONS!!!
And it was as easy as cutting the squash in half.....
Scooping out the seeds.
Turning it on its side in a baking pan, added a thin layer of water to the bottom, and sealed with aluminum foil. (I didn't want to try peeling it, this way is so much easier!!! And look at the funky color the skin turns once it bakes... But inside: Dark orange pumpkin!
Baked at 350 for about 90 minutes.... so I made cookies at the same time, because why waste all that heat???
I scooped out the pumpkin from the shell... it took all of a minute. And then I tossed the shells into the garbage and ended up with a bowl of pumpkin.... over a quart, maybe a quart and a half??? Yes, about that, enough for two pies and 24 muffins... Not too shabby!
I mashed it with a fork and used it for pumpkin muffins.... (recipe here)
And I put a streusel topping on the muffins, and we loved them that way!
8 oz. cold butter, cut up
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
Cut butter into flour/sugar/cinnamon mix using two knives (think ZORRO!!!!) or a pastry blender. (think "Ma Ingalls") :) Use to top muffins, pies, etc. So deliciously yummy!!!
Next stop: pumpkin pie, using the Jarrahdale.... Can't wait to see how it turns out!
And next Thursday we're going to visit with my buddy Stephanie Karfelt, another delightful writer... Stephanie is dealing with dementia, the sandwich generation, assisted living... the whole enchilada while dealing with her mother "Gummy"... and through Stephanie's poignant facebook posts, I've learned a lot about Gummy and orange cookies. Stay tuned next Thursday to find out more about why orange cookies are important in this see-saw world of caring for the old, the grown and the new...
While you're the "meat" in the sandwich of beautiful family.