Canned pumpkin is a quick alternative to fresh but once you have fresh pumpkin the canned stuff just won't cut it. It is easy to prep a pumpkin the oven does most of the work! And here is what you have to do!
1. Cut a pumpkin in half and take out the seeds. You want just the pulp to cook so any of those little stringy things remove as well
2. Place pumpkin on baking sheet and cook at 330 for about 80 minutes, more or less depending on size. You know it is done when you can easily stick a butter knife in to the thickest part.
3. Let it cool it will be very hot and will collect steam under the skin! After the pumpkin is cooled remove the skin by peeling, it will come off very easily. Make sure you get it all off.
4. Either with a hand or stand mixer beat well until smooth and use as you would the canned stuff. So much more tasty!