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March 30th, 2009
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A question for my American friends
What's canned pumpkin like? I have a recipe (pumpkin cheesecake) which calls for canned pumpkin, and I have a pumpkin. It is a pumpkin intended for eating. In the absence of any other information I'm just going to cook it in a little water in the microwave till it's soft, but should it be sweetened or spiced in any way? The recipe calls for sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in addition to the canned pumpkin.

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From:micheinnz
Date:March 30th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
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I've eaten pumpkin pie made with canned pumpkin. It's not bad, really.

Here's a web page with the nutritional information on a can of pumpkin. Your thoughts about how to treat an actual pumpkin to make it like the canned version is pretty much on the money. I'd also sieve or mill it to get the fibres out.

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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 30th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
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Orange Almond Pumpkin Cream Trifle.
I may need to borrow your Wrong Breakfast icon.
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From:pixie_nz
Date:March 30th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
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I have wanted to know this forever! I have a recipe for pumpkin cookies I want to make but I don't really know what to do with the pumpkin. Americans are weird :(
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From:amphigori
Date:March 30th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
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I have canned pumpkin (one can left) in my pantry. It is *precious* to me. God I wish we had it here.

I agree with Micheinnz about getting out the fibres. Also, it's pretty dense in the can. So you might want to press some of the extra moisture out or you might end up with too runny a cheesecake.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 30th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
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So is it puréed in the can, or is it in lumps?
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From:xiphias
Date:March 30th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
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Pureed. But that's all it is: cooked, pureed pumpkin.
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From:madshutterbug
Date:March 30th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
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Yes, pretty much as described canned pumpkin is cooked, pureed pumpkin innards, possibly also strained to remove the fibres. The three items in the recipe you've got are usually added here for pumpkin pie, particularly the cinnamon and nutmeg. So you should indeed be able to take the pumpkin you've got and produce the cheesecake you desire; the comments on it being a bit wet probably apply.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 31st, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
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Thanks all. I shall proceed with the experiment and report back.
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