Martha Stewart’s recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds is one of this baker’s favorite autumn treats. Carving pumpkins has always been a tradition in my family as it is with many families this time of year. Each year my family goes to the local pumpkin patch and picks the perfect pumpkin for our Jack-O-Lantern. After years of carving I began to think what a waste it was to throw out all the seeds.
A few years back I found this recipe on the Martha Stewart website and thought that it sounded absolutely delicious. Upon trying it out, I discovered that it was the most amazing pumpkin seed recipe that I have ever come across. This recipe marries together the amount of sweet and spicy perfectly. Combining cumin with seasonal spices like ginger and cinnamon, this recipe makes the perfect snack for a chilly autumn night.
The recipe is as follows:
- The seeds from 1 medium pumpkin
- 5 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1-1/2 tablespoons of peanut oil
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the cleaned pumpkin seeds evenly on the baking sheet.
- Bake for one hour (stirring occasionally) until the seeds are completely dry.
- In a medium bowl, combine all remain ingredients (apart from the oil and two tablespoons of sugar.)
- Heat the oil in a skillet.
- Add pumpkin seeds and remaining sugar.
- Cook until the sugar begins to caramelize.
- Transfer the seeds into the bowl with spices and sugar mixture.
- Stir and coat well.
- Store in an airtight container.
Easy to make and even easier to gobble up by the handfuls, Martha Stewart’s Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds recipe is something the whole family can enjoy. The amount of spice in the recipe will not overpower the sweetness, so children can enjoy this festive fall treat just as much as the adults. Of course, if you enjoy your snacks on the spicy side you can always adjust the amount of cumin that you add to your pumpkin seeds.
Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations:
1020 West 41st Street
Baltimore, MD. 21211
Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
Eddies of Roland Park
5113 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD. 21210