1.) The great thing about hokkaido pumpkins is that their skin is edible. However, if you can't find them around you and need to use a small pie pumpkin this is still doable. The skin on small pie or sugar pumpkins isn't edible and will need to be peeled off before slicing and putting it on the puff pastry. Peeling pie pumpkins isn't an easy task as the peel is fairly thick. Some people will microwave their pumpkin for a few minutes to soften the skin and then peel it. If all else fails, slice the pumpkin, cook it on the tart, and remove the peel before eating. Alternatively, you can make this with butternut squash instead. The peel of a butternut squash is thin and can easily be taken off with a peeler before cooking. 2.) Not sure how to score a border? Lay out your puff pastry sheet and using a yard stick or ruler measure out 1 1/2 inch border around the edge of the puff pastry. Only cut half way into the puff pastry. Do this while trying not to touch the puff pastry with your hands. Puff pastry needs to stay cold to rise. The warmth from your hands will cause the puff pastry to easily tear. If you think your puff pastry is starting to stretch after making your border, place it back in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.
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