Sometimes basic is best, as with this simple roasted kabocha squash soup flavored with sage mushrooms. Inspired by all of the beautiful and interesting winter squash that we've seen on our recent trips to local farms and pumpkin patches, this soup satisfies my craving for warm comfort foods now that the chilly fall temperatures are here to stay for a while.
In this comforting and rich version of French toast made with a pumpkin quick bread, the soothing and intoxicating pumpkin mixes with sweet maple syrup, crunchy pecans and homemade whipped cream to make a decadent breakfast that could easily pass for dessert.
This pumpkin pie-spiced granola makes the perfect seasonal granola for autumn but it is appropriate all year long because the pumpkin flavor is not overpowering.
The rich flavors in this pumpkin ravioli complement many meats or roasts but the pasta also makes a hearty main meal.
The ever-popular Halloween candy presented the perfect inspiration for a fondant layer cake. I knew that I could use basic food coloring and get perfectly colored candy corn layers. This time I wanted to see if I could achieve a similar result with natural dyes.
A cross between a bar cookie and a muffin, these pumpkin oat bars make a simple and quick breakfast, after-school snack or dessert and they are an easy way to ensure that your family gets protein, omega 3's, and whole grains that will give them enough energy for school, play or trick or treating.
Bagels, specifically pumpkin bagels, have been on my baking list for a long time now. I decided that it was finally time to tackle bagels this fall in part because I was having some serious cravings for pumpkin bagels with the arrival of autumn and in part because my son is at a stage where he loves kneading and making things with dough.
My inspiration for this soup came from a curried butternut squash soup that was one of my favorites at a restaurant when I was younger. I used a basic recipe from The All New All Purpose Joy of Cooking as my guide, but I made several slight variations and ultimately added a bit of curry powder. For a festive autumn meal, serve the soup in hollowed out pumpkins.
I recently made my pumpkin bread in the form of mini muffins. With the addition of chopped walnuts on top and a layer of cream cheese frosting in the middle, I transformed some of them into little cupcake bites, perfect for a dessert party or an afternoon treat.
You can't have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner without pumpkin pie. This standard version is easy to throw together. I use an easy press-in-the-pan pie crust that saves a lot of time compared to the rolled out versions. For a unique way to serve your pumpkin pie, prepare mini pumpkin pies in muffin tins.