Few things in life have a more pleasing aroma than a pumpkin pie baking in the oven. That’s because pumpkin is a natural flavor and scent carrier that takes on the essence of sweet spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, as well as savory ones like curry, sage and turmeric. Pumpkin never overpowers flavors; it just enhances and beautifully blends them with its subtle taste.
Selecting the perfect pumpkin: When it comes to choosing a pumpkin for cooking or baking, bigger is definitely not better.
Try this tip: Don’t use large pumpkins because they tend to be far less sweet and tender than their smaller counterparts. The ideal size is about three pounds, which should be enough to make two pies. In general, select pumpkins that are heavy for their size and have no dents, cuts or blemishes.
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