5 Festive Ways to Love Your Fall Pumpkin

There isn’t a whole lot we can control in the world at this moment, but one way we can retain happiness is by celebrating the seasons as they come. Fall is a great opportunity for enjoying many kinds of fresh produce, with pumpkin being the most classic fall example. Here are five festive ways to enjoy your fall pumpkin for both tastiness and fun.

1. Pumpkin Bread

Many Americans have heard of pumpkin pie, but have you ever tried pumpkin bread? Find a tasty pumpkin bread recipe and have some fun in the kitchen. You likely already have most of the ingredients, which include flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, butter, sugar, and eggs. For seasoning, you will need ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, aka pumpkin spice seasoning.

When it comes to the pumpkin component, there are two ways you can go. The easier route would be to purchase a can of pure pumpkin puree. However, you can also go the traditional route and get a pumpkin to cut and puree yourself. This moist pumpkin dish can also be made vegan if desired.

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2. Pumpkin Coffee

For many, fall means the return of one very popular drink: pumpkin spiced lattes. However, not everyone wants to shell out $5 a day to get the drink from the store. Fortunately, you can learn how to become your barista and make delicious coffee drinks from home.

Set aside some of your homemade pumpkin pie puree to use for a delicious homemade pumpkin spiced latte. The tasty ingredients that make up this fall favorite are pureed pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, milk, and pumpkin pie spice. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can easily make it yourself by combining cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice.

3. Pumpkin Soup

A more savory pumpkin treat that is equally as enjoyable is pumpkin soup. This heavenly fall dish will warm you up and complement any meal with an easy to follow recipe. You’ll only need a few ingredients for this dish, most of which you likely already have in your kitchen. Pumpkin soup contains onion, garlic, stock (broth and water), and milk or cream. You can even substitute canned pumpkin if you don’t want to cut your own pumpkin, though you will only need to cut the pumpkin into large chunks to prepare it for this dish.

4. Pumpkin Pie

No pumpkin treats list would be complete without this classic Thanksgiving dish. And you don’t have to wait until the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy it. Homemade pumpkin pie is an easy dish to prepare, and you can even purchase premade crust depending on your level of baking skills.

Pumpkin pie filling simply contains eggs, heavy cream, and cornstarch, in addition to the pureed pumpkin. However, you can get creative with the recipe and decorate your pie with leaves made out of pie crust if you are feeling fancy.

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5. Carved Pumpkin

Though there are many pumpkin treats to enjoy for the fall, sometimes nothing beats the classic fun of carving a pumpkin. This is an especially fun activity if there are kids in the house, though one can never be too old to enjoy turning a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.

For a successful carving adventure, plan out your design ahead of time, and have some extra water on hand to keep your pumpkin moist during the carving process. It’s also best to choose a pumpkin that has a stem. Wear gloves to make the messy process easier, and choose an LED light rather than a traditional candle to illuminate your carved pumpkin once completed.

Bonus: Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t forget to turn your pumpkin seeds into something tasty! Remove the seeds from the pumpkin and boil them in hot water for a few minutes to help remove pumpkin residue. Allow the seeds to air dry, then season with salt, pepper, butter or olive oil, and extra seasoning if desired. Pop them in the oven and let them toast until golden brown.

Copyright (c) 2020 Emma Fischer

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