Pumpkin Spice Scones

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My longtime blog readers (hi Mum and Dad!) will know that pumpkin is the official flavor of October in our house, meaning that I’ll find some way to add the squash of the gods to most – if not all – of my recipes this month. While I got a bit of a late start on my baking this fall (seriously, where has October gone?!), I’m still determined to squeeze at least a couple of pumpkin treats into the mix before turning yet another page on the calendar.

First on the agenda: Pumpkin Spice Scones.

Given that its probably destined for legend status in our family, this recipe deserves a bit of a backstory. My mum – a great lover of scones – has been searching for the perfect pumpkin scone for years (possibly decades). Perfection is, of course, entirely subjective, and she gets that, but she actually had only one relatively simple requirement: she wanted her pumpkin scone to taste like pumpkin. Easy, right? Not so much. Every place she tried – from Starbucks to Trader Joe’s, and every trendy-but-not-nailing-it bakery in between – kept serving up orange-hued scones containing pumpkin pie spice but NO PUMPKIN TASTE. She even tried recipes recommended by family and friends – including those that, thank goodness, contained actual pumpkin – but something was missing. She was getting discouraged, and starting to lose hope (at least about scones). So when my parents came to visit late last month, I was determined to crack the case for my mum and send her home with the best pumpkin scone recipe of.all.time.

I scoured the Internet, as I so often do, for help in this endeavor. Recipes for scones “just like Starbucks!” popped up left and right (no thank you!), and it took me a while to weed through recipes that made no such claim yet still used the same ingredients. I finally stumbled across the winner – and what a winner it was! – from Once Upon a Chef. Mum, meet pumpkin scone perfection!

We’re convinced that a few things about this recipe really make the pumpkin taste stand out, including the use of dark brown sugar (instead of white) and the addition of molasses. Both impart a stronger flavor, which helped these rise (no pun intended) to a different level. We also loved the no holds barred approach to the spices, particularly the cloves. These were, hands down, the best scones we’d ever baked.

Just when we thought they couldn’t get better, along came the glaze. We couldn’t decide between a simple sugar glaze – made using confectioner’s sugar and cream – and a spiced pumpkin version, so … we made both. That’s right – the best scones ever, dipped in two A-M-A-Z-I-N-G glazes (recipes courtesy of Inspired Taste). They were gone in a matter of hours, and I’ve been craving them ever since. The Month of Pumpkin, off to a truly delicious start. Enjoy in moderation!

 

{Better than Starbucks!} PUMPKIN SPICE SCONES

Yields: 12 scones

For the scones:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 
  • 1 large fresh egg
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter

For the sugar glaze:

  • 1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons half and half or cream

For the spiced glaze:

  • 1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons half and half or cream
  1.  Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup pumpkin, egg, heavy cream, molasses and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, combine the flour, dark brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Process for 20 seconds to combine be (sure no lumps of brown sugar remain).
  4. Cut the cold butter into 1/2-inch chunks. Add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal — it should look unevenly crumbly with some pea-size chunks of butter within. Add the pumpkin mixture and pulse just until the mixture comes together. The dough will be very sticky, and you should still be able to see some pea-size clumps of butter.
  5. Lightly flour a clean countertop or work surface. Dump the sticky scone dough onto the floured surface and dust the top lightly with more flour. Using your hands, gently knead the dough until it comes together into a smooth ball. Divide the dough in half. Dust your work surface with flour again and form each half into a 5-inch circle, about 3/4-inch thick. Using a sharp knife dusted with flour, slice each circle into 6 even wedges (cut each circle in half, then cut each half into thirds). If the dough starts to stick to the knife, dust the knife with more flour. Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake the scones for 12-15 minutes. To see if they are done, peek at the bottoms; they should be slightly browned but not burnt. Let the scones cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, make the glaze(s).
    1. For the sugar glaze, add the confectioner’s sugar to a medium bowl, then add one tablespoon of half and half. Stir, then judge the consistency (the glaze should slowly drizzle from the spoon). If it’s too thick, add a little more half and half (a little goes a long way). If it’s too thin, add a little more confectioner’s sugar. Dip each cooled scone directly into the glaze, then place glaze-side up onto the cooling rack.
    2. For the spiced glaze, combine the confectioner’s sugar, pumpkin puree and spices. Add one tablespoon of half and half, stir, and check consistency (adjust in the same way as you would the sugar glaze). Use a spoon to drizzle a zigzag pattern across each scone. Wait 15 minutes or until the glaze has set, then enjoy!

 

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

 

I’ve been looking forward to making these yummy pumpkin cinnamon rolls since discovering the recipe last year on the brilliant and beautiful blog Sweet and Savory by Shinee. Because pumpkin and cinnamon rolls deserve each other, and I’m nothing if not a slightly reckless matchmaker.

I was hoping I could try this recipe after the arrival of my household goods, as the use of a rolling pin makes rolling infinitely (and obviously) easier. But as usual, my sweet tooth and reckless abandon won out as I found myself pulling all the ingredients off our market shelves without hesitation last week. Fast forward to Sunday morning, when I then found myself staring down step 5 with a smidge of doubt and a dash of disappointment. “Roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle approximately 18 x 15 inches”, you say? Hmmm. Perhaps I should have waited for my rolling pin to arrive after all. But I’m nothing if not resourceful (and a little reckless – did I mention that?), so I scoured my pantry for something – anything – to get my rolls back on track. Can of soup? Too small. Husband’s obnoxiously giant bottle of protein powder? Too unwieldly. Half empty, mostly stale old tube of Pringles? Now we’re talking.

Long story short, you too can make these incredibly delicious cinnamon rolls with a can of Pringles that should have been thrown away two months ago. Or a rolling pin, if that’s your thing. Just make them. Because pumpkin and cinnamon rolls should have gotten together a lonnng time ago. Because it’s still socially acceptable to pimp pumpkin. And because they’re freaking amazing, and you haven’t made cinnamon rolls in a long time (or maybe ever?!). Enjoy in moderation!

 

PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS

Yields | 12 rolls

Inspiration | Sweet & Savory by Shinee

For the dough:

  • 1 standard package (0.25 oz; 2 ¼ teaspoons) dry active yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup pure pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup (4 tbsp) buttermilk
  • 1 egg

For the filling:

  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

For the glaze:

  • 4 oz (110gr) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 7oz (200gr) sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup (4 tbsp) Pumpkin spice coffee creamer
  •   1 tsp vanilla extract

 

To make filling:

  1. Mix together brown sugar, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. Set aside.

To make dough:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry active yeast and warm water. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a mixing bowl with yeast, add pumpkin puree, buttermilk, egg and flour mixture. Knead* for about 6-7minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  3. Transfer the dough into large oiled bowl. Cover it with wet towel and put it in a warm place for an hour to rise. I put it in a microwave with glass of hot water.
  4. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle about 18x15in. Pour melted butter and spread it evenly. Leave about half an inch on opposite edge of the dough. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the butter. Wet the opposite edge of the dough that has no butter and filling.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Bake the rolls in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top is nice and brown. Cool on wire rack while making the glaze.

To make glaze:

  1. In mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese, condensed milk and Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Pour over the warm pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Serve warm.

 

*Note: You don’t need a stand mixer to make this recipe. You can easily mix all the ingredients with a wooden spoon and knead the dough by hand for 6-7 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

 

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

 

This recipe for ‘Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread’ is from allrecipes.com, and really IS worth every 6000+ 5-star review it’s received. I’ve included two versions of the recipe below: one to the (almost) exact specifications of the original, and one lighter version. Both create a soft, moist, amazingly yummy bread that rivals any bakery or cafe loaf.

Please note that these recipes make three 7×3-inch loaves. Both versions freeze quite well – so by all means make a full batch if you’d like – or cut the ingredients in half or into thirds. These also make fantastic muffins, served with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or cream cheese icing. Or, throw in raisins, chopped walnuts or chocolate for an even richer loaf or muffin. Enjoy!

 

PUMPKIN BREAD (ORIGINAL VERSION)

Yields | 3 3×7-inch loaves

Inspiration | AllRecipes.com

  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius. Butter three 7×3-inch loaf pans; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, vanilla extract, oil, water and sugars until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour in pre-heated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack, remove pan, and cool thoroughly.

 

PUMPKIN BREAD (LIGHTER VERSION)

Yields | 3 7×3-inch loaves

  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat white flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  1. Follow instructions for original version above.

Baked Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta

Baked Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta

 

BREAKING NEWS Y’ALL: it’s pumpkin season!!

You didn’t know, right? Well, it IS kind of a secret. It’s not like you’ve been getting pummeled with all things pumpkin-flavored, pumpkin-scented, and pumpkin-hued since August, yea? Did anyone even bother to tell you it was FALL?!

Truth be told, I like pumpkin. In fact, I f___ing love pumpkin. I haven’t met a pumpkin recipe I don’t like, and eagerly await Fall each and every year so I can go cray on the pumpkin baking. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin doughnuts. Pumpkin custard. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkined pumpkin, with pumpkin. I want it all.

It might therefore come as a bit of a surprise that – before this week – I had only once tried my hand at a savory pumpkin dish. Why waste perfectly good pureed pumpkin on something that isn’t, well, filled with equal parts sugary deliciousness and creamy yummosity? Because, my friends, sometimes perfectly good pureed pumpkin can be mixed with chicken, bacon, sage and garlic, and make the dreamiest baked pasta EVER.

I had my doubts about this recipe. I don’t care for onions, and wasn’t convinced I would like the combination of chicken, bacon, and pumpkin. Silly me – this was SO tasty. My husband – who also doubted he’d like this – was instantly hooked as soon as he took a cheesy, velvety, pumpkiny bite. It is the perfect Sunday dinner; while a little extra cooking time is needed, you’ll have delicious leftovers for days!

It’s good to see you, pumpkin season. Stick around for a while, won’t you?

 

BAKED CHICKEN BACON PUMPKIN PASTA

Yields | 8-10 servings

Inspiration | Pinch of Yum

 

For the pumpkin sauce:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion
  • Splash of white wine (optional)
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 18 ounces pureed pumpkin (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • Pinch of freshly grated (or just ground) nutmeg
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

For the pasta:

  • 1 lb uncooked pasta
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Crumbled, cooked bacon (as little or as much as you want)

 

To make the sauce:

  1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cut the onion into thin slices and add to the melted butter. Keeping the heat on medium-low, cook the onions until they are caramelized and deep golden brown, about 20-30 minutes. For a little extra sweetness, add a splash of white wine as they’re cooking.
  2. While the onions are caramelizing, puree the garlic, pumpkin, chicken broth, milk, olive oil, salt, sage, nutmeg, and pepper in a blender until smooth. Add to the caramelized onions in the pan and cook until heated through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the chicken, cooking for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Remove from the water; when cool enough to handle, shred the chicken into the pumpkin sauce. Add the crumbled bacon, if desired.

To make the pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, stopping a little early so they are still firm enough to hold their shape in the oven. Drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Toss the cooked pasta, chicken, bacon and pumpkin sauce with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Transfer to a greased baking dish, top with remaining cheese and cover with greased foil to prevent sticking. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

ONE YEAR AGO: Pumpkin-Ginger Pancakes with Freshly Whipped Cream

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Pumpkin Eggnog Custard

Pumpkin Eggnog Custard

It’s with great sadness that I post my last pumpkin recipe of the year. This one – for pumpkin eggnog custard – happens to be one of my favorites, as it’s essentially pumpkin pie filling with a hint of eggnog. The result is a creamy, rich pumpkin pudding without the hassle of a pie crust. Because seriously, crust … ain’t nobody got time for that!

While I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin pie spice (I like the ability to control the amount and variety of spice in the custard), use it if it’s all you have on hand. I also find the custard bakes more evenly when the ramekins are placed in a hot water bath (instructions are below). Enjoy!

PUMPKIN EGGNOG CUSTARD

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

2 large fresh eggs

15 ounces pumpkin puree

6 fl. oz. evaporated 2% milk

6 fl. oz. eggnog

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).

2.  Mix sugar, salt and spices in a small bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture and stir until well combined. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and eggnog.

3.  Divide custard batter between 6 ramekins and place in large casserole dish. Add hot water to the dish until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the custard comes out clean. Serve cold or slightly warm.

(re-posted from my old blog, Cucina Fresca)

Pumpkin Orange Soup

Pumpkin Orange Soup

This recipe for Pumpkin Orange Soup – courtesy of the Autumn 2012 issue of Woman & Home: Feel Good Food – is a new culinary hit in our household. While I had my doubts about the combination of pumpkin, sweet potatoes and orange in a savory vegetable broth, I was pleasantly surprised with the unique seasonal flavor of this soup. It’s easy, it’s vegan, and best of all, it’s PUMPKIN!! Enjoy!

PUMPKIN ORANGE SOUP

Serves: 4

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled + chopped
  • 18 ounces fresh pumpkin, peeled, seeded + chopped
  • 14 ounces fresh sweet potatoes, peeled + chopped
  • Zest and juice of 2 fresh oranges
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled + sliced
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 850 ml hot vegetable stock
  • 2 ounces pumpkin seeds
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Cream, to serve (optional)
  • 4 sprigs fresh coriander, to garnish (optional)
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion gently for 5 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, orange zest and juice, garlic, ground coriander and stock. Season to taste. Bring to a boil, lower temperature and simmer for 25 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and liquidize the soup with a hand-held blender until smooth.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan. Add the pumpkin seeds and a pinch of sea salt. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, shaking the pan, until seeds begin to pop and turn brown. Remove to a plate to cool slightly.
  5. Serve the soup in warmed bowls, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds, cream, and a sprig of fresh coriander, if desired.

Re-post from my old blog, Cucina Fresca

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Happy November, baking gods and goddesses! Fair warning: this month is going to be all pumpkin, (almost) all the time. If you’re a pumpkin hater, it’s time for a hiatus from this blog (and some deep soul-searching, because seriously – you don’t know happiness). For the rest of you, welcome and enjoy!

These Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze were a first for me. Not because I’ve never made doughnuts – in fact, I try a new doughnut recipe every fall – but because every single member of my household went absolutely BALLISTIC for them. My husband – who has never shown any particular interest in sweets – ate 5 before my last tray came out of the oven. Our puppy wouldn’t leave my side for a moment, and our two cats went on a meowing frenzy, ninja-flipping off walls and repeatedly jumping onto no-cat’s land (the kitchen counter). Just when I thought it was safe to reach for my camera and snap a few photos for this blog, our youngest kitty – a rescue boy named Perseus – poked his head up beside the cooling rack, snatched a doughnut, and was out of the room in a flash, leaving only a trail of crumbs in his wake. I don’t know exactly what it is about these wee doughnuts, but they’re definitely a fall favorite for creatures big and small!

The original recipe (from the brilliant blog Confessions of a Cookbook Queen) calls for dipping the doughnuts in glaze only once, but I went for it (‘it’ being diabetes, I guess?) and dipped them three times. Then I sprinkled them with copious amounts of cinnamon-sugar. I know, I know – but I’m not sorry. Not even a little. They’re SO GOOD!

BAKED PUMPKIN DOUGHNUTS

Yields: 3 dozen mini doughnuts

For the doughnuts:

  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large fresh eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon-sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius). Spray mini doughnut molds with nonstick spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Stirring frequently, bring pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves to a simmer in a medium saucepan until puree thickens and just begins sticking to the bottom of the pan (approximately 4-6 minutes). Carefully pour the hot puree into a mixing bowl. Whisk in the brown sugar and oil, then slowly beat in the eggs. Add the flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  4. Fill each doughnut mold about 3/4 full. [The original recipe recommended using a piping bag, but I used a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off – easy filling and cleanup!]
  5. Bake doughnuts in preheated oven for 5-6 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Keep an eye on these to prevent over-baking.
  6. Let the doughnuts cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack while you prepare glaze.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk all the glaze ingredients together until smooth.
  8. Place a sheet of foil or wax paper under your cooling rack. Dip each doughnut in the glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Place back on the cooling rack until glaze is firm. [I actually repeated this dipping process three times, because I love this glaze. I also topped them of with a sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar.]
  9. Enjoy!

Pumpkin-Ginger Pancakes with Fresh Whipped Cream

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These Pumpkin-Ginger Pancakes are DELICIOUS, a perfect autumn breakfast for both children and adults. I’ve made them on several occasions – sometimes serving with toasted pecans, sometimes with butter and syrup – but am most fond of these wee flapjacks with a large dollop of lightly sweetened, freshly whipped cream. Enjoy!

PUMPKIN-GINGER PANCAKES WITH FRESH WHIPPED CREAM

Yields: 2 to 4 servings

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup plain low- or non-fat yogurt
  • 2 tbsp butter + extra for cooking
  • Cinnamon sugar, to serve
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer detached from the mixer unit, whisk cream and  caster sugar until sugar dissolves, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer bowl to mixer unit, add vanilla extract, and whip on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix egg, milk, pumpkin, yogurt and butter until well blended. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until evenly moistened.
  4. Place a non-stick griddle or 12-inch non-stick frying pan over medium heat (350 degrees). When hot, coat lightly with butter and adjust heat to maintain temperature. Spoon batter in 1/4-cup portions onto griddle and gently spread into 3-inch rounds. Cook until pancakes are browned on the bottom and edges begin to appear dry, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn with a wide spatula and brown other sides, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  5. Serve warm with chilled fresh whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon sugar.

Next post: Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries!

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

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Well this is an inauspicious start: the second post on a baking blog, and I’m already featuring ice cream!

But seriously, I can’t turn on my oven. It’s the first week of fall here in southern California, and it’s still 90 flippin’ degrees outside. Where is the crisp autumn air? Where are the cozy sweaters, the falling leaves, the cider mills? Where are the corn mazes, the hot mugs of cocoa, the hay rides? Where oh where do I get my pumpkin fix?!

Instead of pushing the house into triple digits, I scoured my recipe collection for something cool to satisfy my pumpkin cravings. O-M-G, this hit the spot! It is some of the creamiest, most decadent ice cream I’ve ever made (or tasted), and it’s a dead ringer for traditional pumpkin pie. I highly recommend it for those of you still battling the heat, or for those (like me) anxious to combine two incredible desserts into one!

Note: This recipe makes a TON of ice cream. I actually ended up splitting it into two parts so my ice cream maker (a Cuisinart ICE-21) wouldn’t overflow. The next time I make it, I’ll halve the ingredients.

PUMPKIN PIE ICE CREAM

4 cups half and half

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 vanilla beans (or 2 tsp pure vanilla extract)

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

15 oz pumpkin puree

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

  1. Combine dairy and sugars in a saucepan. Split and scrape the vanilla beans into the dairy-sugar mixture. Bring to 170 degrees Fahrenheit over medium-high heat (do not boil), then let cool to room temperature. Chill in refrigerator overnight.
  2. While dairy is heating, combine pumpkin puree and spices. Chill in refrigerator overnight.
  3. The next day, remove dairy mixture and pumpkin mixture from refrigerator. Strain dairy mixture to remove any large chunks of vanilla bean.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of dairy mixture to pumpkin mixture to loosen, then combine all ingredients and mix well.
  5. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Let the ice cream harden for at least two hours, unless serving all immediately. Enjoy!

Next post: Spiced Apple Coffee Cake!