So we put the seeds in a container overnight, and I decided to roast them. There's recipes all over the place on the internet, so I found two that sounded interesting. Butter and salt seems to be traditional, and I'm curious to try the cinnamon-sugar ones.
So since I'm reading that the seeds need to be reasonably dry, I put a batch in between two paper towels to dry them out. Sort of like pressing flowers. :) They stick a bit, but everything come off with a little flick of my finger, so no big deal. I shake them around in a little bit of olive oil (better for you than butter, and I'm already coating these with salt) and spread them out on the baking sheet.
Into the oven they went, and everything goes fairly smoothly until I realize that while the cinnamon sugar goes on last, the salt in the other recipe goes on much earlier. Crap. I put the salt on, and hope it sticks, continuing to stir every five minutes so KP's Oven of Mt. Doom won't burn everything. (It's super finicky, and doesn't seem to like me very much, so I've learned to not trust directions when using the OoMD. I watch, and flip, and tweak temperatures.)
Once they're nearly done, I realize I don't have any idea what these are supposed to look like done, let alone taste like. The picture with my recipe shows seeds straight from the pumpkin, so totally unhelpful. It says "cook until golden brown", but that seems subjective. Mine are splotchy "golden brown", does that count? Finally, I decide they have to be done because I'm tired of stirring every five minutes. (See? I can be subjective too.) The salt doesn't really stick, and they sort of taste like sunflower seeds with the shell still on. KP assures me they are good, and that's what they're supposed to taste like.
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But what about the cinnamon? KP doesn't bake, so while I know there's sugar in the pantry, I don't have any idea about the cinnamon. I check, and there's two possibly sketchy bottles of cinnamon. One may be older than I am. I'm not sure. We toss that one out. The other looks a little better. At least it still smells like cinnamon.
When I go to stir the seeds, I very nearly use the salt covered spoon I used with the last batch. Oops. I rinse it off, and the near crisis is averted. Half an hour later, they come out of the oven and the cinnamon-sugar mix is sprinkled over them. I try one. It tastes like... sunflower seeds with the shell still on sprinkled in sugar. Oh.
KP still assures me this is what they're supposed to taste like. Maybe I need to try a few more.