Friday, October 28, 2011

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

If you are carving a pumpkin for Halloween you might as well make the most use of all of it. So instead of throwing away all the seeds you pull out, save them and create a yummy snack. The hardest part about baking pumpkin seeds is getting them out of the pumpkin...and you have no choice but to do that if you are making a jack O' lantern. After that, the hardest challenge you will face is deciding what flavors to make!

Clean out your pumpkin and put the seeds in a bowl.

Clean the seeds using a strainer and cold water. Get all the stringy pumpkin parts seperated from the seeds.

Decide what seasoning you would like to use on your pumpkin seeds. This time we made four different flavors:  Salt, cinnamon and sugar, spicy cayenne pepper and brown sugar.

Split up your seeds in different bowls depending on how many flavors your will make. Mix your seasoning in with the seeds.

Spread your seeds out on baking sheet covered in parchment paper. It is important that the seeds are spread out flat so that they all get baked evenly.

Bake on 350 F for 10 minutes. Flip (or at least mix around) the seeds and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Once finished the seeds should be dry but not burnt.

If you make anything with sugar (brown sugar, cinnamon and sugar) keep a close eye on them. You do not want the sugar to burn!

The seeds will stay fresh in an airtight bag or box for a few days. Try any combination that you think would be good. Garlic, paprika and cheesy seeds are just a few more examples.

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