Pumpkins and Squashes

Pumpkins and Squashes - Gardening Book

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Pumpkins & Squashes
Gardening , Crafts & Recipes

IBSN: 0895779579
120 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 9.75 x 9.32

Did you know that in 1623 the Pilgrims served pumpkin pie at the second Thanksgiving? Over 370 years later, pumpkins and squashes are enjoying increasing popularity across the world. Discover the versatility of these humble, yet beautiful fruits and how to grow and use them to best effect. This book appeals equally to gardeners, cooks and craft enthusiasts. Here's what you'll find inside Pumpkins and Squashes...

  • How to grow pumpkins, squashes, and ornamental gourds
  • Step-by-step instructions for using pumpkins decoratively and for making original gifts
  • Over 60 recipes for soups, main dishes, breads, pies, puddings, and preserves
  • A listing of over 130 varieties, their characteristics and uses, in a comprehensive, illustrated directory

Sample Recipe:

Pumpkin Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade cookies are always a treat, particularly for children. They'll love these chunky, chewy treats.

• 2 cups/250g self-rising flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks)/180g cold butter cut into bits, plus more for the baking sheets
• 2 cups/180g old-fashioned oats
• 3/4 cup/170g packed light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup/125ml pumpkin puree
• 1/4 cup/60ml honey

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and butter several baking sheets well.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Mix in the oatmeal and sugar, crumbling any lumps with your fingers. Then stir in the pumpkin puree and honey. Work the dough together with your hands.
3. Shape the dough into balls about the size of walnuts. Place these on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches (5cm) apart.
4. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for a minute before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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