While the kids are carving Pumpkins for Halloween or out Trick or Treating, you can use some of those pumpkin leftovers to make a delicious Pumpkin Puree. Recipe from Chef Ed of Frato’s Pizza & Catering in Schaumburg!

Trick or Treat

Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Servings: Makes 2 loaves

Cook Time: 65 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups sugar

1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 15-ounce can 100% pure pumpkin or 14 ounces home made Pumpkin Puree


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease two 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pans.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a bowl; use a whisk to mix well and set aside.

In large bowl of an electric mixer, at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until just blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in pumpkin.

At low speed, beat in flour mixture until combined.

Turn batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for about 65 – 75 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pan about 10 minutes, then turn out on wire rack to cool completely.

To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

2 Small Pie Pumpkins

Water as needed (at most a cup)

Cut Pumpkin Stems off of the pumpkins and cut in half
Remove the seeds with a spoon and set aside to roast if wanted

Place Pumpkins Skin Side up on a cookie Sheet

Roast the Pumpkins in a 375 degree oven for Roughly 25 to 30 min. The skin should easily come off the pumpkin.

Remove from oven and let cool. Roughly 15 to 20 min

Remove all skin and place in Food Processor or Blender

At Low Speed, Puree the Pumpkin and slowly add in water till it has the

Consistency of a thick Apple Sauce.

Remove from the machine and use as needed

On a side note for Halloween, did you know Frato’s Pizza & Catering will be selling unique 16” RIP (Rest in Pizza!) Tombstone Pizza’s on Friday October 30th & Saturday October 31st (Halloween 2015)? Limited Time Only! On Halloween, you can even receive 1 FREE Ghost Shaped Brownie with your RIP Tombstone Order (limit 1 per day, per order)! No special coupon code needed, it will automatically come with your order!

For easy ordering, you can Order Online or from your Mobile Phone in advance at www.FratosPizza.com with FREE Delivery to Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Streamwood, Hanover Park, Roselle and even parts of Rolling Meadows, Bloomingdale, Itasca & Medinah! You can always call in your order at 847-895-2122 as well!

Please note that delivery times will run slightly higher as these pizzas will be a hot seller, but you can always order pick-up as that should remain unaffected.


Have a great and safe 2015 Halloween from everyone at Frato’s Pizza & Catering!

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