When the weather begins to cool, pumpkin recipes are top of mind. After they’ve plumped up all summer, it’s time to incorporate this nourishing gourd into just about any baked good you can.
Pumpkin is great on its own, delicious as a filling, and perfect for batters. Not only does it add moisture, but it adds a density that can’t be beat. And it’s not just the pumpkin alone that gets us drooling: it’s the spices that go with it. Who doesn’t love cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and cloves wafting through the house in the fall?
Did you know that pumpkin is also very useful in substitutions? You can use 1/4 can of pumpkin puree in place of an egg in most baking recipes. You can also use pumpkin to reduce fat in your baking recipes – pureed pumpkin can replace half the butter amount required. Similarly, 1/4 cup of pumpkin can replace 1/4 cup of oil in your cooking.
Important Tip: When you’re baking with pumpkin, make sure you follow the recipe’s request exactly. Canned pumpkin, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling are not interchangeable. Canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree are just plain old pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling, though, has sweeteners and spices added.
Which direction do you want to go with your pumpkin this year? We’ve pulled out some classic, contemporary, cheeky and cheesy choices for you to choose from!
CLASSIC PUMPKIN RECIPES
Apple Pumpkin Crumb Bread – Pumpkin bread is classic served up with a cup of coffee. In the cool, crisp mornings, treat yourself with your favorite tastes of fall: apples and pumpkins.
Pumpkin Pie – No fall feast is complete without a pumpkin pie. Chef Eddy’s signature version features milk and heavy cream, which make the pie silky, smooth and delicious.
Pumpkin Roll – This fall favorite is moist, tender and gooey. If you’re more health-conscious, fill the roll with a thin layer of orange marmalade for a completely fat-free cake.
CONTEMPORARY PUMPKIN RECIPES
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies – You’ll be surprised at how well spicy pumpkin and sweet chocolate go together.
Pumpkin Latte Bars – You thought that lattes were only meant for cups? Think again. We’ve combined pumpkin and coffee into a bar that will fill your pumpkin spice latte cravings all year long.
CHEEKY PUMPKIN RECIPES
Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds – Stuff your cheeks full of these little sweet seeds. They’re great snacks for kids or a perfect appetizer for fall get-togethers.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – We love making these tender whoopie pies for holiday gifts. These cookie sandwich-like confections are great wrapped in cellophane or gently settled into cookie tins.
CHEESY PUMPKIN RECIPES
Savory Pumpkin Goat Cheese Bites – Give pumpkin a cheesy punch in these savory bites. These flavorful mini muffins will surprise every guest. We suggest taking them to your next party for a real treat.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie with Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce – Why have one pie when you can squeeze three into one? This recipe is part cream cheese pie, part pumpkin pie and part pecan pie. Folks will talk about this showstopper for months to come.
No matter which direction you choose to go this year, pumpkin is always a versatile ingredient. With this arsenal of recipes, we’re confident that you’ll be stocked with a great pumpkin-y pantry for the rest of the season.