by Nicole Cunningham Furman, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table
* Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg *
1 teaspoon cinnamon *
16 ounces cream cheese*, softened
2 cups pumpkin puree *
Mix together the sugar and spices. Whip together with the cream cheese and pumpkin. Refrigerate until firm. Serve with apple slices* or ginger snaps*.
Fresh Pumpkin Puree*
This year skip the canned pumpkin and make your own pumpkin puree. It’s not as difficult as you might think and it’s delicious. You may never go back to canned.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut pumpkin* in half from top to bottom, remove the seeds and pulp. Place the halves cut side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Roast until easily pierced, 45 to 60 minutes. Turn over the pumpkin and continue to cook for another 30 minutes. Allow to cool enough to handle. Scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor. Drain puree in fine mesh strainer over a bowl for 1 hour or more. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days. It also freezes nicely for future use.