A Delicious Pumpkin Seed Snack

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 by: Kristen La Marca

With the fall season still in effect, there are many ways to celebrate this season. One way is to make delicious fall foods for you and your friends to enjoy, especially when you utilize a pumpkin for its seeds! Below is a how-to review of a Facebook recipe by Tasty called “Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Seeds.”

The first item you will need is a pumpkin. Any size will do because all the seeds of a pumpkin are relatively the same. Next, you will need to carve a circle on top of the pumpkin. Doing this will help you to reach in and scoop out all of the seeds. Each time you scoop them out, put them in a plastic bowl with warm water so you will be able to clean them before putting them into the oven.

When all of your seeds are cleaned off, place a paper towel on top of a baking pan or sheet to get rid of the excess water. Then, place another paper towel on top of the seeds and pat down to dry them. After that is done you are ready to start baking the seeds before preparing the ingredients. The recipe calls to bake them at 350 degrees until they are dry. However, I prefer 275 degrees because this keeps them from burning. Bake the seeds for 40-60 minutes.

While the seeds are baking in the oven, you can now prepare the ingredients needed to make them as tasty as they are. You will need a plastic bowl, 1 cup of cooking oil, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of all spice, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. You can get these ingredients ready, but don’t mix any of the above until the seeds are done.

Once the seeds are done baking, you can put them in a plastic bowl and put all of the ingredients listed above right on top of them. Mix thoroughly so all seeds are covered and have just the right amount of spices and sugars on each. After you have done this, carefully divide the seeds and spread them back onto the baking pan preparing them to bake for another round. Bake the seeds on 275 degrees, until golden or slightly brown.

When the seeds are done baking and there is a glaze covering them, leave them on the stove to begin cooling off before tasting them. When they have cooled for about 20 minutes, you can then enjoy the crisp, sweet taste of these seeds with each bite that you take. This is a quick and easy recipe, and especially a fun way to enjoy a fall day!