Pumpkin Recipes for All Your October Needs

Food for Spook Month

About mid-summer I started planning my pumpkin extravaganza. Here are some recipes and tips to help you plan your own.

The pumpkin puree

Most recipes involve pumpkin puree, so you get to take out the big knife and cut up your pumpkin - something I thought I knew how to do but was quickly proven wrong. Click here for a 30 second video to clarify the process.

First thing’s first: locate the pumpkin. Morrisons has medium ones going for £1.

Once you’re home with your pumpkin(s), make sure to set the oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Next, cut the pumpkin in half.

Then, remove all of the seeds, put them in a separate bowl, and set aside for later. (See the 5th recipe)

After, place both pumpkin halves on a baking sheet (cut side down) and bake for 45-60 minutes until the pumpkin can be easily stuck with a knife.

Once the pumpkin has cooled, remove the skin and cut up the pumpkin into small chunks, then place in a bowl to blend.

Lastly, blend! And you have your puree ready to go!

(Check out this article/video for extra help.)

The recipes

When looking at recipes I do some ‘student reductions’, adapting the recipe to account for the ingredients I don’t have and am not going to buy. Some ingredients are enhancers, rather than strictly needed for the overall recipe.

Without further ado, I present . . .

#1 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients you’ll need:

  • plain flour 
  • baking soda
  • pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper)
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • sugar
  • pumpkin puree
  • a large egg
  • chocolate chips

Follow this recipe by Delish for an easy and simple recipe, great for showing off your baking prowess!

#2 Pumpkin Cupcakes

I love a good cupcake. You’ll need a cupcake tray and cases for this.

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For the cupcake:

  • plain flour
  • caster sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • pumpkin spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper)
  • pumpkin puree
  • coconut milk (or any other milk of your choice)
  • vegetable oil
  • apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)

Find the complete recipe here.

For the frosting:

While the recipe calls for cream cheese frosting, it's not my jam. So, I recommend butter cream icing instead.

  • butter
  • icing sugar mixture
  • boiling water
  • water at room temperature
  • another flavouring of your choice is cool too

Follow this recipe for the best buttercream ever!

#3 Mini Pumpkin Pies

Do all these recipes make you think of Harry Potter? They do for me.

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Ingredients you’ll need:

  • short-crust pastry
  • pumpkin puree
  • heavy cream
  • sugar
  • pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper)
  • salt

To bake your own itsie bitsie pumpkin pies, follow this cute recipe right now.

 

#4 Pumpkin Soup

 Great for colder times (and a break from sweet things).

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Ingredients you’ll need:

  • garlic
  • ginger
  • pumpkin puree
  • yellow onion
  • vegetable stock
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • toasted pumpkin seeds with salt
  • black pepper
  • olive oil
  • cumin
  • heavy cream (or dairy alternative of your choice)

Have this beautiful bowl of goodness right in front of you in just about 20 minutes with THIS recipe!!

#5 Pumpkin Seeds

Use as much of the pumpkin as you can, but remember to set the seeds to the side.

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Ingredients you’ll need:

  • the seeds of course!
  • seasoning of your choice (I recommend chip seasoning as it has a bit of everything, or curry powder)
  • salt
  • olive oil

Find out how to make this crunchy, salty snack-with-a-kick here. It’s quick and simple!

Enjoy!