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Fresh Pumpkin vs Canned Pumpkin in baking

Pumpkin Purees

Canned pumpkin is a fall baking staple, used for everything from pumpkin pancakes for breakfast and pumpkin pies for dessert. But is fresh, homemade pumpkin puree any better to bake with than canned pumpkin?  There are a couple of reasons that canned pumpkin puree is so popular. First, it is very convenient and readily available to anyone with a well-stocked grocery store. There are both ... Read More »

Pumpkin Muffins with Toffee and Pecans

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie, but I’ll take pumpkin in just about any way that you can think of to package it. Whether you’re talking about pumpkin brownies or chocolate pumpkin pie bars, I’m sure that I’ll like it. One of my favorite things to do with pumpkin is to bake a batch of muffins. They’re easy to mix up and adding pumpkin ... Read More »

How to roast a squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

Pumpkins and other firm winter squash can seem a bit daunting the first time you set out to cook one at home. This is largely because they’re a bit foreign looking when compared to other fruits and veggies, with an intimidating outer peel. Fortunately, they can actually be very easy to cook and once you’ve done it once, you’ll find yourself doing it again to ... Read More »

“I vant a cupcake” Halloween Pumpkin

"I vant a cupcake" Halloween Pumpkin

Last year, I decided to try to incorporate food into one of my Halloween jack-o-lanterns in addition to the usual array of scary, smiling pumpkin faces. It worked out well and I came up with a creepy skeleton hand holding a cupcake. This year, I wanted to try my (non-skeleton) hand at incorporating food into my pumpkin carving again. I considered trying to go with ... Read More »

How to make your own pumpkin puree

How to make your own pumpkin puree

Most recipes that call for pumpkin recommend using canned pumpkin puree. There are a variety of reasons for this, including the facts that pumpkin puree is relatively inexpensive, easy to find, convenient to use and very consistent in color, flavor and texture. Having a standard ingredient to recommend helps cookbook authors and recipe writers to help you achieve the desired results with their recipes. You ... Read More »

Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans

Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans, top view

Is there a rule somewhere that says that brownies must be chocolate? Can something other than chocolate be the primary feature in a brownie if the resulting baked good is still brown in color, with a rich flavor and fudgy texture? I tend to think so, especially after trying these Pumpkin Brownies. These are not cakelike bars posing as brownies, but are tender, fudgy and ... Read More »

Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake, center shot

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite autumn treats and I make it often once the weather starts to get cool, but I also like to try and find new twists to put on it to keep it interesting. Pumpkin pie bars and chocolate pumpkin pie are some of my favorite variations. This year, I set out to put pumpkin pie in a cupcake form, ... Read More »

Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake

Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake

It’s just not fall without some kind of pumpkin dessert. How can you not think of pumpkins when the stores are filled with them and people put them out on their porches as decorations? Getting in the spirit of pumpkin desserts, as well as the Halloween season that prompts their presence, I used pumpkin in this beautiful orange and black Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake. ... Read More »

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