Pumpkins are everywhere! Everywhere, that is, except in my kitchen, where they are disappearing into the oven almost as soon as they arrive. Once taken from their roasting pan, they are mashed, creamed or blended up and disguised as all kinds of autumn treats.
Yesterday I slow cooked three of these gorgeous orange orbs with a sac of apples and some spices to make a succulent Pumpkin-Apple Butter with Vanilla Bean. Now I have 17 pretty jars lining my pantry shelf--mementos of fall and its produce. (Recipe to come)
I couldn't resist highlighting some other ways we like to enjoy pumpkin around here. These recipes are from a series I did last fall as a result of playing with pumpkin. Plenty of fun, plenty of treats--who needs Halloween?!
Pictures above is the oh-so-memorable Pumpkin Spice Cake. I've been dying for a good reason to make this cake again, but with all the pie leftover from Thanksgiving, we really don't need any more sweets. This recipe also makes killer cupcakes: moist, tender and spicy.
Wait a sec...I do have that cupcake event coming up soon. Maybe I'll get my chance to make Pumpkin Spice Cake after all.
Alright, some people loved this Pumpkin Pie Fudge, some people didn't. It's subjective to personal taste. What do you think? Are you a pumpkin pie fudge kind of person or not??
Everyone --my picky preschooler included!!-- loves these Pumpkin Muffins with Golden Raisins. They are Eat-Three-Muffins-During-A-Five-Minute-Photo-Shoot kind of good.
I've been saving the best (and the baddest) for last: Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies.
Ever since Deb's stunning photo's of these treats permanently imprinted themselves on my eyelids, I wasn't given relief until I actually made--and ate--them for myself.
Let me just say this: pumpkin and chocolate were made for each other.
Alright, now go lug home a pumpkin, get the biggest knife you've got to split the thing open and get cooking. I've provided some inspiration (hopefully!) and motivation (um, yummy treats, Hello), now you just have to get busy.
Watch out for the brownies, though, they make a pile of dishes. Don't say I didn't warn you.