With halloween just around the corner and I can’t help but think about pumpkins! I’ve just got them on the brain! One of the ultimate symbols of the Autumn season, but they’re not just for carving to spook little trick or treaters!
There are so many options when it comes to pumpkin, as a cook you are positively spoilt for choice!
Whether it’s roasted, fried, pureed, baked or mashed, pumpkin can pretty much turn it’s hand to anything. Pairing well with almost any flavour, pumpkin does not have to be seen as a vegetable that is only good for a decoration. The only problem with pumpkin is trying to decide what to make with it!
Pumpkin is a fantastic ingredient all on it’s own and sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go! My Pumpkin Tatin is “Pure Pumpkin Plus Pastry”! Layers of crispy rough puff pastry topped with sweet, spicy caramelised pumpkin. Taking a classic technique and a fantastic ingredient to make something that sets every sense ablaze! With a bit of tangy goats cheese, to cut through the sweetness, and a hazelnut butter dressing to compliment it’s earthiness! This Pumpkin Tatin is basically Autumn on a crispy pastry base!
— Al Brady