There’s something simply irresistible about pumpkins, from their sunny golden hues to their bulbous silhouettes. They evoke Halloween enchantment, Cinderella transportation and, of course, all sorts of delicious culinary possibilities, from classic pumpkin bread to sweet cupcakes with flourishes of frosting.
Here are five riffs on the pumpkin and pumpkin spice theme to get you started.
1 Barefoot Contessa’s Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
We have yet to find an Ina Garten dish that doesn’t wow the crowds — and this one, with its flourish of maple-cream cheese frosting and OMG crushed toffee, is a winner, too. Garten describes her recipe as a great Thanksgiving dessert alternative to the usual pie, but we’ll be making these tasty little cupcakes from her “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof” cookbook all autumn long. (It will help pass the time while we wait for her new “Ina Garten Cook Like a Pro” — Clarkson Potter, $35 — to land in bookstores on Oct. 23.)
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2 Pumpkin Coffeecake With Brown Sugar-Pecan Streusel
This wildly addictive pumpkin and sour cream coffeecake is topped with a brown sugar-pecan streusel. (Mark DuFrene/Bay Area News Group File)
It almost takes longer to read this recipe by food writer Kim Laidlaw, author of the delicious “Home Baked Comfort” baking cookbook, than to make this heavenly cake — and the recipe’s not very long! This sour cream and pumpkin coffee cake, topped with a crumbly pecan streusel, is downright addictive. Find Laidlaw’s delicious recipe here.
3 America’s Test Kitchen’s genius Pumpkin Bread
There are scores of variations on the pumpkin bread theme — some dry, some soggy, some classic and some innovative. But one problem many of these breads, which use canned pumpkin puree, have is a tinge of tin. The America’s Test Kitchen’s solution is brilliant: Cook down the canned puree to concentrate the pumpkin flavor, add cream cheese and buttermilk for tanginess and add a quick crumbly topping. It’s delish.
4 Classic Spicy Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts
Oakland caterer Barbara Llewellyn’s spicy pumpkin bread recipe offers an easy, no-fuss take on the theme, as perfect for breakfast on a chilly day as it is for a post-ice skating or pumpkin-picking party. (Psst, pair it with some hot apple cider spiked with spiced rum or Tuaca liqueur.)
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5 Tasty’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Bars
OK, so this one doesn’t actually contain pumpkin, but it has all those pumpkin spice flavors you crave at this time of year. Consider it a shout-out to Starbucks. It’s a latte-inspired cheesecake built on a spicy gingersnap cookie crust, and it’s the work of the Tasty crew, whose fast-paced social media videos provide cooking inspiration for millennials everywhere. Here’s how to make ’em.
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