Last fall, as I worked at growing a Speck, I made almost no pumpkin foods at all. I'm sorry to say pumpkin sounded gross, and I only rallied in time for a pie at Thanksgiving. So I guess you could say I'm making up for lost time this year--or you could say I'm doing the same thing I always do, and that is make every pumpkin thing in the world.
Now, I have come to the realization that when I make a pumpkin thing, I want it to taste like I've actually shoved my face in a pumpkin pie and have to eat my way out. I don't want subtle pumpkin. I want to be hit in the face with pumpkin. So when I complain about recipes not being pumpkin-y enough, well, maybe they would be for other people. Here's what I've made so far this fall:
Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies
I started off the season with these and they were tasty little things. I am a big fan of butterscotch so that was a bonus. The butterscotch kind of overwhelmed the pumpkin flavor, but it was still there. (Note: I used quick oats, and also this recipe makes a LOT of cookies)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
I made my own after seeing how much a tiny jar of the pre-made stuff was (it was cheaper to buy allspice, the only ingredient I lacked). Of course, only after I made it did I discover a bottle of it in the cupboard...
Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
Not pumpkin-y enough! That said, they were REALLY great chocolate cookies... (Note: I too used chocolate chips)
Pumpkin Whipped Cream
I made this to give a pumpkin boost to the chocolate cookies. If you REALLY want to go big, make a cookie sandwich with it! Even better, make a frozen cookie sandwich. I combined the recipe with the spices of this one.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Again, not super pumpkin-y, but ever so delicious anyway. Totally worth the work! As for the glaze, well...I discovered that the whisk attachment for my immersion blender is not the same as the whisk attachment for the Kitchenaid. Um, I'll leave it at that. Okay okay, it made a huge mess but it didn't make a glaze! Lesson learned. *scrubs counter*
Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup
I've mentioned this recipe before, and it's worth mentioning again. The pancakes could be more pumpkin-y, but they are tasty nonetheless. Also, the syrup! You gots to make the syrup.
Apple Cider Caramels
I know, not a pumpkin recipe, but in my mind, cider and pumpkin are cousins. True story: I made these last fall, without a candy thermometer. Take my advice, Internet, and just buy a dang thermometer! My first attempt, while not wholly inedible, had a burnt taste and a tough texture. I say "not wholly" because Drew ate them. He ate them all. Every single one, aside from the two or so I ate. He's just a trooper! And a not-waster. ANYway, the second batch came out perfectly--soft and cider-y, as a caramel should. I think Drew was secretly relieved at not having to eat them all again.
Well, October is speeding past, but there are still lots of recipes to try! Where am I going from here? This granola is in the oven at the moment. These waffles are on the horizon. These cupcakes are imminent. And of course, let's not forget the old favorites like the inevitable pumpkin pie and the most delicious of things, Pumpkin Whoopee. Ah, fall. How I love to eat my way through it.