Tasty Pumpkin Treats

When we think of Halloween, one thing that springs to mind amongst the creepy costumes and stacks of sweets is the traditional symbol of Halloween– the pumpkin! Hours of hard work and patience turns these run of the mill fruits into magical masterpieces. But, if you’ve ever had a go at pumpkin carving, you’ll know just how much of the fruit goes to waste. So, we’ve been on the hunt for some bizarre pumpkin treat recipes to make the most of your freakish fruit this Halloween!

1. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake


Image: http://www.momontimeout.com/2013/10/pumpkin-pie-milkshake/

This mouth watering milkshake might just tempt you away from your traditional pumpkin pie. A liquid variation on the American family favourite, this pumpkin pie milkshake is the perfect mix of spiced and sweet and is sure to go down a treat with your guests. All you’ll need is your leftover pumpkin flesh, vanilla ice-cream, milk, caramel sauce, a couple of wafers and some famous pumpkin pie spice. You can also use shop-bought spice, or make your own!

Find the full recipe here: http://www.momontimeout.com/2013/10/pumpkin-pie-milkshake/ 

 2. Pumpkin Cobbler


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Kara at @craftymomcooks brings us this warming winter recipe. The addition of pecans bring a little crunch to the hot caramel – so it’s just what you need on a cold winter evening. As you can see, this pudding looks divine, and is incredibly easy to make, too. The recipe calls for canned pumpkin, but you can substitute this with fresh, pureed pumpkin flesh. We’re pretty sure that this recipe will persuade you to pack in the partying and curl up on the sofa with one of our freaky halloween flicks!

Find the full recipe at: http://www.creationsbykara.com/2016/09/pumpkin-cobbler.html/

3. Sticky Toffee Pumpkin Cakes


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These tiny tasty treats are perfect for Halloween parties and little fingers alike! With a sticky toffee topping to die for, this is definitely a recipe to try. If like me you’re not an expert baker, seeing an ingredient like ‘Dulce de Leche’ might scare you off! But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be half as fancy as it sounds. If you’ve got serious time to kill you can make it the ‘proper’ way and simmer milk and sugar together stirring continuously for seven hours. If not, do it our way and stick a can of unopened canned condensed milk in a saucepan of boiling water, let it do its thing for a couple of hours and hey presto – Dulce de Leche!

Take a look at the full recipe here: http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/sticky-toffee-pumpkin-cakes/

4. Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie


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Easily the most timeless recipe on our list, the old-fashioned pumpkin pie is just that. Over the years, the recipe has been swapped and changed, but it will always be the same old show stopper. Most recipes nowadays call for canned pumpkin, which is not readily available in the UK. Thankfully, we’ve found a recipe that uses fresh pumpkin – and it really is delicious! Serve warm or cold with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Find the full recipe here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/suzannes_old_fashioned_pumpkin_pie/ 

5. Baked Maple Pumpkin Doughnuts


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Take all the fuss and frying out of doughnut making with these delicious baked maple pumpkin doughnuts! Topped with a cinnamon spiced glaze, they’re a healthier take on the usually deep-fried dough. They’re also suitable for vegans, so the perfect excuse to indulge this Halloween. The recipe comes straight from @mydarlingvegan, who recommends serving these scrumptious snacks with a big hot mug of her Spicy Chai Tea Latte – the perfect combination for any Autumn spice fanatic.

Find the full recipe here: http://mydarlingvegan.com/2012/10/maple-pumpkin-donuts-with-spiced-glaze/

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake


Image: http://natashaskitchen.com/2014/10/06/pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe/

An autumnal twist on the authentic creamy dessert. This pumpkin cheesecake is the perfect mix of the classic New York cheesecake and festive pumpkin pie. First of all, it makes your home smell incredible, and it’s sure to have your Halloween guests glowing with delight. Drizzle over a generous helping of caramel sauce and a dollop of rum-infused whipped cream.

Check out the full recipe here: http://natashaskitchen.com/2014/10/06/pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe/

7. Pumpkin Pizza


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We know most people squirm at the idea of a savoury pumpkin recipe. After all, we’re used to the beautifully sweet, spiced lattes and pies. But, you need to trust us on these last 2.

Taste pizza as you’ve never tasted it before – thanks to @lovelolablog. Forget the typical tomato base and replace with pumpkin puree for a tasty twist on the old Friday-night classic. This recipe uses ready to bake pizza dough, but if you really want to set yourself a challenge you can even make your own! With a short list of basic ingredients and roughly 20 mins preparation time this recipe is quick, easy and sure to please the whole family!

Find the full recipe at: http://lovelolablog.com/savory-pumpkin-pizza-aka-the-best-pizza-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

8. Pumpkin Fries 



Once upon a time, fries only came in one form: potato. But nowadays, with the nation becoming more and more health conscious, the starchy spuds are being reinvented with an abundance of vegetable variations! These baked parmesan pumpkin fries are the perfect example. All you really need for this recipe is a pumpkin, cornstarch, some herbs and spices and a dash of parmesan and you’re left with a wonderfully crispy, sweet and salty side dish.

Find the full list of ingredients and recipe at: http://backtoherroots.com/2015/09/07/baked-parmesan-pumpkin-fries/ 

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