Everything Pumpkin

The season of fall rolls in and pumpkin treats are number one on the list. From the typical pumpkin pies, spiced teas, and even a muffin surprise.


Pumpkin pies are always in the grocery stores and especially bakeries. These pies are soft and sweet. Warming it up in the oven makes it seem like it was just freshly baked in your very own kitchen. Of course, you can add a few semi homemade touches. Add a a sprinkling of cinnamon, melted marshmallows, and a scoop of whip cream. This makes a good dessert fantastic!


A warm cup of spiced pumpkin tea near the fire place, curled up with a good book is a peaceful evening. Starbucks has a great tasting pumpkin spice latte. This signature espresso blended with the unmistakable spices of fall such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with smooth steamed milk, topped with delectably sweetened whipped cream.

Whether fall is your favorite season or just a passage towards it, sweet and spicy pumpkin is sure to please.


Now, for a completely homemade recipe that will be a real treat. All of the ingredients include a can of fresh, puree pumpkin; an entire, diced banana; almond milk; brown rice flour, and lastly salt with baking soda.


So have a muffin at breakfast and then, for dessert cut a piece of pie with a mug of tea.

Thanksgiving Desserts: Pumpkin Crème Brulee Recipe

1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup whole milk
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ginger
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
¼ cup pumpkin puree
sugar for garnish

Combine first 6 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Whisk yolks. Slowly whisk hot cream into the yolks. Whisk pumpkin puree. Pour through a fine mesh sieve and then pour into 4 8 ounce ramekins. Bake in a hot water bath for about 35 minutes until the center of the Brulee moves slightly. Remove from pan and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.
Pumpkin Creme Brulee
When ready to serve, sprinkle sugar over the top and broil until the top turns brown. Let cool a moment and serve.

About: This recipe is courtesy of Executive Chef Daniel Dumont from Wentworth By the Sea Hotel & Spa — one of the last grand hotels of New Hampshire. New Hampshire (and Wentworth) is a classic New England place for spending Thanksgiving — with a long tradition of celebrating the holiday. New Hampshire native Sara Josepha Hale is the one who convinced President Abraham Lincoln to set aside a national Thanksgiving Day in November. And in 1623, David Thompson, a fisherman who had built a house on land near where the hotel is now — New Hampshire’s first settlement — kept the Pilgrims from starving by sending some of his salt cod to the Plymouth Colong when Miles Standish came up the coast seeking help.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich

We’ve all heard of Christmas in July, well what about summer in November? This holiday season bring back the warmth of summer, or the thought of it, with everyone’s favorite treat… ice cream! This recipe and picture are courtesy of Executive Chef Denise Baron of Burtons Grill. She has created the Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich, available at Burtons Grill the upscale casual eatery located in Boston’s Fenway District, beginning November 1st through the winter season. Topped with a warm Pumpkin Caramel Sauce, the Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches are a yummy treat that combines the sentiment of summer with the tastes of the season. This frozen treat is sure to melt away the winter blues.

Gingerbread Ice Cream SandwichGingerbread Brownies

3 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Ginger, ground
2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1 tsp Clove, ground
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, Melted
2/3 cup Molasses
4 ea Eggs
Unsalted Butter for greasing tray
6 oz Pumpkin Ice cream

Half Sheet Tray
2 Stainless Steel Bowls
Rubber Spatula
Measuring cups and spoons
Ice cream Scoop
Oz Scale
Plastic Wrap

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, clove and baking soda together in a bowl.In a separate bowl mix the butter, molasses and eggs.
Pour the butter mixture into the flour bowl and incorporate with rubber spatula.
Stir until the consistency is thick- be sure not to over mix.
Grease a baking sheet with unsalted butter.
Pour batter into sheet tray and using rubber spatula evenly spread over entire half sheet tray.
Bake in a 350° oven for 16 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.
Once cooled, cut edges off brownie in the pan. Then cut into 3 x 8 squares to get 24 pieces.
Cut the brownies in half horizontally with serrated knife.
Working quickly place 2.5 oz pumpkin ice cream on each the brownies.
Place the top on and press down. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze immediately.  You might want to have a friend help wrap while you put ice cream in sandwich!
Store in the freezer for a yummy snack.

Pumpkin Caramel Sauce

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1/2 tsp lemon juice
8 oz salted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Measuring Cups
5 qt Sauce Pan
Metal 1/3 Pan
Pound Scale

In 5 qt heavy sauce pan, mix sugar, water and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Let simmer without stirring.While sugar mixture is simmering, heat cream, butter and pumpkin pie spice in the microwave until it is hot, not boiling (180˚). When sugar mixture starts to show a little bit of color, watch closely.  Continue to simmer until the mixture turns a medium golden brown color. NOT TOO DARK. Turn off flame and add butter and cream, whisking consistently. Be careful of the steam.Transfer to a metal 1/3 pan and cool at room temperature, not in an ice bath.

The Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich is available at Burtons Grill, located at 1363 Boylston Street, Boston, Ma 02215. Burtons Grill hours are as follows– Mon – Thu: 11:30 am – 10 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 11 pm. It is only available November 1st through the winter season! For more information about this seasonal delight, contact Burtons Grill at 617.236.2236 or visit the Burtons website at www.burtonsgrill.com.

Thanksgiving Desserts: Pumpkin Brownies Recipe

Today’s recipe is courtesy of BnBfinder.com and Stonewall Jackson Inn in Harrisonburg, VA.

1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
1 container whipped topping or cream cheese frosting (optional)

Pumpkin Brownies_stonewall_jackson_2Directions:

1 container whipped topping or cream cheese frosting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together eggs, oil, pumpkin, and sugars. Stir in remaining ingredients until evenly mixed. Pour into a greased and floured 9-by-13 inch baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until center springs back when touched.

Top with whipped topping or cream cheese frosting! Great way to use those left over pumpkins! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Desserts and Creative Pumpkin Pie Ideas

Pumpkins not only play a significant role in Halloween décor and flavored coffee and creamers, but also provide families with a traditional dessert for the holidays. Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular sweets at a Thanksgiving feast. However, the gourd-like squash that’s been around for centuries offers a versatile assortment of treats often overlooked by the average holiday baker. This season, step outside of your comfort zone and explore the following pumpkin dessert ideas:

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

Create a frozen delight by combining vanilla ice cream with a cooked pumpkin spice mixture after it has cooled, and then spreading into a baked cooled crust before setting in the freezer.


Pumpkin Tart With Streusel Topping

With a thick cookie crust, serve pumpkin tarts with a streusel topping consisting of flour, brown sugar, softened butter, and pecan pieces for rave reviews. For the incurable sweet tooth, try out a Chocolate Pumpkin Tart, which adds a rich layer of melted semisweet chocolate – the perfect complement to the sweetness of pumpkin. Another perk of using chocolate in pumpkin tarts: protecting the crispiness of the crust.

Spiced Pumpkin Custard

Relying on milk and eggs for its unique texture, spiced pumpkin custard not only serves as a stand-alone dessert for the holidays, but also blends well with pies, cakes, and other sweet creations. Pumpkin custard recipes usually contain brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and of course, pumpkin puree.


Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkins create delicious seasonal breads that allow bakers to explore a wide range of ingredients, including pecans, cranberries, walnuts and dried fruits. Try offering a surprise inside your pumpkin bread by incorporating a cream cheese filling.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Whether you enjoy baked or frozen cheesecakes, the limit to creative variations of this popular cream cheese dessert is endless. Blending the creaminess of cheesecake with the spiciness of pumpkin pie is a match made in heaven. It’s also a challenge, as cheesecake naturally falls victim to overcooking, cracking, and baking in an oven that’s too hot. If you’re ready to take on the challenge, consider additional enhancements, such as a ginger-flavored graham cracker crust or vanilla-flavored sour cream topping.

Pumpkin Brownies

When you’re pressed for time, pumpkin brownies are usually a quick alternative to cakes and pies. Combine canned pumpkin with ingredients, such as cinnamon, allspice, cocoa, chocolate chips and nutmeg, to create unforgettable holiday brownies.


Uplift Your Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe

If you’re having a hard time abandoning your traditional pumpkin pie recipe, at least consider a few enhancements to create a new-and-improved version of your favorite dessert to wow friends and family.

  • Bake your pie filling in a flavored crust. Try nutty variations, like using hazelnut or experiment with a Spiced Oat Crust, which combines ingredients, such as oats, oil and pecans.
  • Enhance the flavor of your pumpkin pie filling by adding up to 1 cup of orange juice.
  • Add finely chopped nuts, like pecans and walnuts, for an aromatic dessert that delivers a little something special to the flavor and texture of your pie.
  • Replace your regular whipped cream as a topping with a flavored selection, like one made with bourbon or chocolate.
  • Mix shredded coconut and two tablespoons of rum in your pie filling for an exotic twist.