I’m in love with this pumpkin recipe. I dream about it. I’ve even eaten it for breakfast. Twice.
It tastes seriously wonderful. Sweet, spiced apples and cranberries add so much flavor to the baked pumpkin. On top of that, it looks impressive. I’m not known for making beautiful food, so this is something to be proud of.
I am known for creating simple recipes and this does fall into that category. It can be ready for the oven in less than 20 minutes and that includes about 13 minutes of trying to cut the top off the pumpkin.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pie pumpkin
- 2 small apples, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or 1 cup whole, fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbs. butter
Cut the top off the pumpkin. If there is a best way to do this, someone please let me know. I basically hacked at it with any knife that looked like it might work, until I finally got the lid off. I thought a chainsaw might work well. Or a saws-all. Or maybe a band saw. Pie pumpkins are tougher than they look. Don’t let this deter you though. It is totally worth the getting that lid off.
Once the top is off, scrape out the seeds and stringy stuff.
Stir the apples, cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Fill the pumpkin with this delicious-smelling mixture. Dot with butter.
Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for an hour to 1 1/2 hours, until the pumpkin inside is tender when you poke it with a fork.
To serve, spoon out some baked pumpkin from the edges, along with the apples and cranberries. Here’s a better photo of the pumpkin when it came out of the oven.
I’ve made this with both dried and fresh cranberries. The dried are sweeter. Fresh bring a nice tartness and look a bit prettier. Use whichever you have on hand, because both taste delicious. This will serve 4-6 people as a side dish, depending on how big the pumpkin is.
This is my contribution to the Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner. I hope you had a chance to visit Shaina and Aimee for the turkey and stuffing. I’ll share links to more delicious dishes for your Thanksgiving table tomorrow.
Also, don’t forget to enter the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Holiday Bake-Off Giveaway for your chance to win the baking equipment you need to make my Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze.
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