Your First Time: Carving a Pumpkin

(Image Credit: Alliance)

(Image Credit: Alliance)

The first jack-o’-lanterns were supposedly carved in Ireland, except instead of using pumpkins, the carvers used turnips (weird, I know). The spooky lanterns were meant to represent the strange phenomenon of flickering lights over peat bogs, known as will-o’-the wisp. The pumpkin lanterns were meant to represent the faces of spirits and goblins. Nowadays, the tradition of carving pumpkins is widespread and, in America especially, has friendlier symbolism: come trick or treat here; we’ve got candy! Continue reading

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Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup (Image Credit: Yes, More Please!)

Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup Recipe by Yes, More Please!

Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup (Image Credit: Yes, More Please!)

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I have been a vegetarian for about two-and-a-half years, and I am always game to try a new dish (meat-free of course). Soups, in particular, have always been a favorite meal of mine, and I get excited when I find new vegetarian recipes in cooking magazines, on the menu at restaurants, or in the aisle at the grocery store. Who doesn’t love warm, flavorful, colorful soup at the end of a long day?! Continue reading

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake (Image Credit: Life Made Sweet)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake Recipe by Life Made Sweet

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake (Image Credit: Life Made Sweet)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake (Image Credit: Life Made Sweet)

When people think pumpkin, they usually think fall, but as a big fan of pumpkin everything – pie, muffins, cookies, you name it – that gives me an unacceptably short window of time in which to enjoy all things pumpkin. So, I tend to ignore the fall equals pumpkin thing and enjoy pumpkin all year round.

If you’re with me, check out this recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake Recipe from Life Made Sweet. This cake is a variation on coffee cake, which means you can eat it for breakfast or anytime you might enjoy coffee. Continue reading

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Fall Pumpkin Cookies Recipe by Sweet Society

Fall Pumpkin Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Sweet Society)

Fall Pumpkin Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Sweet Society)

As we phase from out of the fall and into winter, we find ourselves immersed in all the things we love most dearly—milk and cookies. This can mean a bit more meat around the beltline, so make sure those cookies are well worth the extra inches, like these scrumptious pumpkin cookies from Sweet Society. Be prepared to dedicate a couple New Years Resolutions to burning these bad boys off when January rolls around, but the holidays are simply your excuse to treat yourself to yummy goodies. Take advantage. Continue reading

DIY Funky Ombre Pumpkins by Funkytime

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Another week, another amazing pumpkin DIY! When I saw these gorgeous pumpkins on Funkytime, I just had to ask if we could share them here with you. I am all about creative pumpkin decoration ideas and these are some of the prettiest non-carved pumpkins I have come across so far!  I adore the ombre pumpkin and think it would make a beautiful thanksgiving centerpiece. I also think the triangle design pumpkin is the kind of whimsical detail that is great for a children’s Halloween Party with more flair and less scare.

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Pumpkin Pie Marshmallow Recipe by Jenny @ Bake

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallow Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallow Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Autumn is my favourite time of year.  The days grow shorter, leaves change colour and you get to rediscover a wardrobe of thick tights and jumpers that have been packed away for months.

One of my more common indulgences when the weather turns cooler is a cup of hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows (try heating chocolate milkshake for a truly luxurious drink).  Instead of the traditional vanilla, these marshmallows are combined with a favourite seasonal treat, the pumpkin pie.

Marshmallows are fairly simple to make, the only specialist equipment you will need is a candy thermometer, which can be found in most good cookware stores.  Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe (this is my favourite http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/home-made-marshmallows/) the possibilities for flavours are endless, and not only are they delicious but they make beautiful gifts too.

Because of the extra moisture from the pumpkin puree this mix needs double the amount of gelatine of a standard marshmallow mix and needs to be beaten for longer.  After experimenting with different containers I found that plastic food storage tubs work best for setting the marshmallow in, as it is a lot easier to remove intact from the mould.

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallow Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallow Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows

makes 30

Ingredients

25g gelatine powder

1 egg white

250g white sugar

140g pureed pumpkin (⅓ can of Libby’s)

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

vegetable oil for greasing

4 tbsp corn flour

4 tbsp confectioners sugar

Directions:

Grease a 1l container with a little oil, and leave to one side.

Dissolve the gelatin in 60ml of nearly boiling water.

In a stand mixer whisk the egg white until it forms stiff peaks.

Mix the sugar with 125ml of water in a saucepan, and heat to 120C using a sugar thermometer for accuracy (run the thermometer under a hot tap before and after using to reduce temperature shock shattering the glass).

With the stand mixer on a low-medium speed pour the hot sugar into the egg white, being careful not to get it on the beaters as this can flick boiling sugar syrup out of the bowl.

Add the gelatine, spice and pumpkin and beat until it thickens, about 15 minutes, a good test is if you lift the beaters up the ribbons of marshmallows should sit on top of the mixture for a couple of seconds until it’s absorbed.

Pour into the tub, cover with Clingfilm and leave to one side for a couple of hours to set.

When you’re ready to cut the marshmallows, mix together the corn flour and confectioners sugar in a tub, sprinkle some of this over your worktop and turn the marshmallow out onto it.  To create clean slices you will need to clean and oil the knife between each cut so it is worth keeping a damp cloth and a dish of oil close to hand.

After cutting each square roll in the corn flour and sugar mixture.

Keep in an airtight tub and eat within a few days.


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