Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie. This is one of the iconic Thanksgiving desserts.

Some people don’t even consider it Thanksgiving with out it! Are you one of those people?

Every fall I am one of those people that goes straight for the pumpkin. I’ll do pumpkin anything.

But pumpkin pie is always on the list. Through all the pumpkin goodness, pumpkin pie always shines.

This year my BF started asking about pumpkin pie before Halloween. It’s his favorite pie.

I wanted to excel at pie this year, and my pumpkin pie needed to be perfect. So I went the rustic route…roasted pie pumpkin and homemade crust.

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After I went through all the trouble to make my pie crust, roll it out, and finish the pumpkin filling I realized I was missing a very crucial item…my pie plate.

In a spastic flurry I searched my (tiny) kitchen for my pie plate…It was nowhere to be found.

The only thing I could find quickly was my springform pan. I had to make it work.

Note – I later found my pie pan at the very bottom of everything, go figure.

I carefully moved my crust into the pan, folded it to fit and finished my pie.

It looked a bit funny when I pulled it out but it still tasted fabulous. The fresh pumpkin lightens up the flavor, and the springform pan made it the perfect thickness for pie.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes + Dulce de Leche Frosting

I know it’s getting to be that time in November when pumpkin recipes come in all forms.

A few of my favorites have been this pumpkin apple soup, white chocolate pumpkin cups, pumpkin waffles with cream cheese syrup, skinny pumpkin pie cups, and mini pumpkin bundts.

It’s pumpkin recipe war out there!

So, to stay in the pumpkin mood I have a super simple pumpkin cupcake recipe for you from Annie’s Eats.

The cupcake is very light, moist, and so tender. Melt-in-your-mouth tender.

While the pumpkin recipe is absolutely fabulous, the dulce de leche frosting steals the show. [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies with a Maple Glaze {Holiday Blog Hop}

This is the first post that I have set up to be part of a holiday blog hop. Want to join in on spreading the holiday cheer? Contact me on Twitter @BigFatBaker or you can find BigFatBaker on Facebook here. You can also e-mail me here!

There is only one major rule, you must include one of the predetermined flavors into your item somehow. Not too hard, right?

This post we were all required to use either pumpkin, maple, or apple flavors.

I decided to make something with pumpkin. I stocked up on canned pumpkin a few weeks ago and have yet to make much of a dent in my collection.

At the last minute I added the maple glaze. The cookies don’t need it, but it adds just a touch of sweetness and it looks so pretty!

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I was slightly skeptical of the thought of pumpkin cookies, but I ended up really happy with the overall recipe. They turned out much better than expected!

The recipe itself is very easy to follow and doesn’t take much time. You could also add nuts or dried fruit to make them heartier and perfect for breakfast, rather than dessert.

The pumpkin cookies were soft and pillowy.  And if you want to take it over the top I highly recommend the maple glaze. It tastes exactly like the maple glaze on a doughnut.

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I made a mistake with the first batch of cookies. I didn’t roll them in sugar & smush to cookie size. Those turned out a bit denser, but in the end I ended up liking them more like than than the cookie shaped ones. They were reminiscent of a muffin.  [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread

A few weeks ago, when I ventured back into the fruit butter world, I found a lonely can of pumpkin collecting dust in my cabinet.

This was the last can of pumpkin from last year’s purchase. I was so excited to stumble upon it. I was afraid I wouldn’t be making very many pumpkin desserts this fall due to the pumpkin shortage.

Last year I made so many pumpkin items, I was almost sick of them. This fall I wasn’t sure where to start. After a quick scan through my recipes I realized I don’t have very many savory items. I also noticed I am seriously lacking in the bread department.

Thinking about making bread made me a bit nervous, but I had been in the mood to try it again. The last time I made a recipe that required dough to rise was for my first Daring Baker’s Challenge back in February….

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It was definitely time to make more bread.

This recipe is from one of my all time favorite flour companies, King Arthur Flour. I did a quick google search for a pumpkin bread recipe and found their recipe had great reviews, and sounded the best.

The recipe makes 2 loaves of bread, but the recipe from King Arthur Flour also recommended making 1 loaf of bread and 12 rolls. I thought that making rolls for Thanksgiving dinner, and bread for left over turkey sandwiches the next day sounded like a delicious idea. [Read more...]

Organic Pumpkin Scones

Remember that huge pumpkin I pureed? Well, I finally used the last of it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love pumpkin, but I am done with it until next fall.

I wanted to challenge myself to try something new with my final batch of pumpkin. I settled on scones.

Making scones can be a little intimidating the first time. I had trouble getting the dough to the right consistency, with out over working it and building up the gluten.

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Gluten: aka the protein that gives dough it’s cohesiveness.

My scones ended up a little tough and dry the next day. But I overworked my dough a bit.

As long as you handle your dough properly your scones will turn out perfectly! But, if they do happen to turn out a bit dry, toasting and butter brings them back to life.

This was a great recipe to introduce me to the scone making process. If you have never made scones, you should start with this recipe. (And keep an eye out for more coming soon!) [Read more...]