Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pumpkin Favorites

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. I’ll admit. I am a little nerdy when it comes to my love for this season. The weather…wearing boots with jeans….putting my orange fall mums out in front of the house, and finally… drinking that delectable and expensive Pumpkin Spice late from Starbucks! But what I love the most is cooking and baking anything with pumpkin. I mean, is this not the perfect season to do it?!  Although I’m aware of pumpkin being incorporated into savory dishes, the recipes I am sharing today are all sweet…and delicious. Last year, I shared a recipe for pumpkin empanadas and while I was putting the pieces together for this post, I thought, revisiting this recipe would be perfect. The second recipe I am sharing is for pumpkin muffins. I’ve tried a pumpkin muffin…or two, and really these muffins are moist and full of pumpkin deliciousness. These muffins are soooo good on their own, but the cinnamon cream cheese frosting and candied pecans only make them better! The last recipe I am sharing is one that I created in my kitchen, kind of by accident. I had ½ of a can of pumpkin puree left from trying out another pumpkin recipe I had seen online. Considering that I really did not want to throw it out, I decided I would add it to whatever I was making for breakfast or dinner that day. I ended up using the pumpkin puree and adding it to my pancake batter. It was so easy and a nice change to the ordinary pancakes that are whipped up for Sunday breakfast! These are my favorite pumpkin treats and they just may become some of yours too!

Pumpkin Empanadas

For complete Pumpkin Empanadas recipe refer back to Beef Empanadas post.

Source: Sweet,Spicy,and Sassy

Pumpkin Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15 ounce can)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 350 and fill muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2. Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.
3. Divide batter among muffin cups, Fill 3/4th full and bake for 25 minutes.
Note: muffins may be either topped with one tablespoon of sugar mixed with cinnamon. Top muffins with the sugar cinnamon mix BEFORE putting them in the oven, or top muffins with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and candied pecans.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick of butter, room temperature
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Splash of vanilla

Mix butter and cream cheese, cinnamon and vanilla first then add powdered sugar to the mix.

Candied Pecans
1 cup pecan halves
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Melt butter and sugar in a skillet. Add pecans and stir until all combined. Pour and spread pecans out onto wax paper to cool before serving.
Source: . Originally from American Club,in Kohler, Wisconsin via Gourmet Magazine.

Pumpkin Pancakes
½ cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Splash of vanilla
1-2 cups of pancake mix (I used Krusteaz Honey Wheat Pancake mix)

  1. In a small bowl combine pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla and set aside.
  2. Prepare pancake batter according to the box. Fold in pumpkin mix and pour batter onto a warm griddle. Cook pancakes according to the box.
  3. Serve warm pancakes with maple syrup and your favorite toppings.

Source: Sweet,Spicy,and Sassy


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