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Monday, October 16, 2023

What Are Some of Your Favorite Pumpkin Foods?

'Tis the season to make all things pumpkin.

At my family's request, over the weekend I made a loaf of pumpkin bread. I used the recipe on an old Libby's canned pumpkin label, halving the recipe (to make 1 loaf instead of two), reducing the sugar by a couple of tablespoons and subbing part (3/8 cup) of the all-purpose flour called for with a bit of whole wheat. That last bit meant I could maybe call this a "whole grain." Okay, so not exactly a whole grain food, but better than all white flour.

Pumpkin bread is a family favorite here. We enjoyed it as snacks, breakfast, and dessert.

But we also really enjoyed the pumpkin pudding from a week ago. When there was one cup remaining, my family members had to play a game of rock, paper, scissors to see who would get it.

Other pumpkin dishes I've made this fall include oven-roasted pumpkin cubes as a side dish and curried peanut-pumpkin soup. 

A favorite holiday dessert in my household is this pumpkin cake roll (recipe in this link). I'm thinking this cake roll may find its way onto our Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. It's easier than it looks and always elicits compliments on its appearance.

I still have a bunch of garden-grown pumpkins left to work with. Looking for suggestions and favorite recipes.

So how about you? What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin?


  1. I like pumpkin soup (very heavy on chilli and garlic) and my teenage boys like pumpkin dahl (spicy lentil stew). We don't eat much sweet bakes (like muffins, cakes etc) so mostly pumpkins are used in savory dishes. Once a year I bake pumpkin muffins (for Halloween). My family doesn't like any sweetnes in bread, so all sweet additions (like carrot pr pumpkin or cranberries) are a no-no, I don't even add sugar to most bread doughs, yeast will work without it, too, if it's not very heavy dough.
    But one thing my family eats is mudcake, and into mudcake I can add some pumpkin pure or some other vegetable pure.
    I hope you are feeling much better.

    1. Hi Ulvmor,
      That pumpkin dahl sounds interesting. I will have to search for some recipes for that. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I think you've just about covered what we do with pumpkin here -pies, soup, bread. I made a pumpkin roll one year and it was easier than I thought it was going to be, and very good.

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      I agree with your conclusion on pumpkin rolls. They look more impressive than the work that actually goes into making them. I hope to make another one this coming holiday season.

  3. Pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips and walnuts are my family's favorite. My sensitive stomach dog likes cooked pumpkin, rice, and chicken baby food when his system is acting up.-Kathryn

    1. Hi Kathryn,
      Oh, my family would love those muffins. My daughters especially love pumpkin anything with chocolate chips in them. One daughter brought home a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie someone at work brought in. My daughter shared bites with us and it was quite good. I may try to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for my fam this month. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I made the copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread and it was good but not too many in my family liked it. My favorite fall sweet dessert is Pumpkin Apple Streusel muffins. I might like to try the pumpkin roll because it looks quite good.

    1. Hi Alice,
      Every time you mention those pumpkin apple streusel muffins I tell myself I will be making those soon. I love the combination of cooked apples and pumpkin-spice.
      Interesting to hear about your family's response to the copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread. I've never tried the Starbucks version before. I wonder how that recipe compares to Libby's?
      Thanks for sharing! I will make those muffins this fall. They sound delicious!

  5. My mom used to make pumpkin rolls. I haven't thought about that in a long time. Yum. We like pie, muffins, bread, and I also sometimes make a super easy pumpkin cake using a box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin mixed together--if I want a less-dense cake then I add an egg or two.

    1. Hi Kris,
      I think you might have mentioned the canned pumpkin with spice cake mix. It sounds familiar. What a great recipe to have for when you need an interesting autumn item for a potluck (or for snacking/desserts at home -- not everything good has feed other folks).
      Thanks for sharing, and especially that you will sometimes add an egg or two. Helpful to know.

  6. The pumpkin oat bars from Beaming Baker make an amazing breakfast! I always make a double batch, and you can make them with real eggs if needed

    1. Hi Molly,
      I found these breakfast bars, I think --
      If these are what you make, they look amazing! Yum! Thank you for sharing!


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