Let There Be Pumpkin: A Recipe Roundup

Fall officially began on September 23rd, and with it comes baking and cooking with a beloved favorite: pumpkin.

It’s this time of year that excites me most from a culinary perspective.  Scents of apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg fill my kitchen with autumn splendor.  This also means that I’m hungrily in search of new ways to integrate these flavors into my oven and my skillet.

Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient that incorporates well in a variety of sweet and savory dishes.  From breakfast to dessert, there are few meals that pumpkin can’t enhance when included with other flavors and spices.  To kick off the season that celebrates pumpkin dishes in all their delectable forms, I wanted to share some exciting recipes both from Flour and Fancy and from other food bloggers that place this delicious ingredient center stage!

 Spiced Pumpkin Bread
Spiced Pumpkin Bread | Flour and Fancy
This soft, warm bread combines pumpkin puree with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger for the perfect taste of fall.  Great for breakfast, with tea or coffee, or as a snack.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Red Peppers and Caramelized Onions
Roasted red peppers and caramelized onions combine flavors in this savory roasted pumpkin soup recipe, perfect for warming up on a cool autumn day.

Skinny Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
Pumpkin chocolate chip oat bars make a delicious, healthy snack and are a great way to use leftover pumpkin puree lingering in your refrigerator.

Pumpkin Sriracha Hummus
This savory, spicy hummus makes a perfect, easy to assemble autumn appetizer!

Pumpkin Cannoli

Pumpkin combines with creamy ricotta in a stuffed pastry shell with chocolate accents in this decadent dessert served two ways!

Pumpkin Beer Soft Pretzels
Homemade soft pretzels start out with pumpkin beer as a base!  What goes together better than beer and pretzels?  Perfect for football season!

Pumpkin Pie Snack Bites
Pumpkin seeds, butter, puree and spice along with whole grain oats, combine to create a healthy allergy-free, gluten-free, and vegan snack bite!

Overnight Pumpkin Oats
Pumpkin makes a great addition to breakfast in this tasty, overnight oat recipe that’s as easy as it is delicious!

Pumpkin Madeleines with Cinnamon Frosting
These pumpkin madeleines are incredibly easy to make!  This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes start to finish – with a buttery taste, soft texture, and lots of pumpkin flavor.

Pumpkin Flax Granola
Combine this pumpkin flavored granola with your favorite dairy, soy, or almond milk or yogurt. It makes a great parfait!Read More »

Brown Butter Honey Pumpkin Bread

Brown Butter Honey Pumpkin Bread | Flour and FancyI love fall.  I begin counting down to its beginning in August, and while the season doesn’t officially start until Wednesday, I had to kick off the celebration early!  When I moved to Virginia from Nashville a few years ago, that was really the moment that marked my deep appreciation for fall.  Sure, I always loved the sweaters and the colors, but when I came here and began an existence that allowed me to be closer to nature, to start a garden, to frolic in a field just in my backyard, I suddenly felt the change of the seasons more fully.  Fall remains the season I enjoy the most.

When I decided to begin this blog two years ago, I chose to do so just as fall was saying hello in September.  Autumn is the season that most inspires me in the kitchen, that awakens all the flavors we put to rest as the temperatures grew warmer.Read More »

Chocolate Cake For Leeda

Chocolate Cake For Leeda // Flour and FancyWhen The New Sugar and Spice arrived on my doorstep, I tore through the box like an excited child dives into a colorfully wrapped gift.

I’ve read a number of articles lately discussing the fact that cookbooks today have morphed into photograph-laden paper weights whose value lies more in serving as a coffee table book than any real use in the kitchen.  The point of view isn’t without merit.  You know that cookbook you saw in the bookstore with imagery that made you salivate.  You drooled at pictures of beautifully baked goods and felt compelled to buy it.  You arrived home.  You scanned the book.  You marveled at the top-notch photography.  And the story ends there.  You didn’t bake a single recipe.  It’s happened to me, and I know it’s happened to you.Read More »

Bakery-Style Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls / Flour and Fancy

Great cookbooks inspire us.  When I read a great cookbook – as I’ve been doing extensively this summer and plan to continue in the fall – I feel as if special secrets are being shared with me.  I’m transported to a quiet kitchen with a half-open window, the sounds of birds singing, and warm smells permeating in my nose.  Flour everywhere, sticky glazes leaving a sheen along the surfaces.  A great cookbook transports you and invokes a desire to bake that can only be satisfied when the oven is preheated and the standing mixer is churning ingredients.

My latest cookbook beloved is A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets.  When I embarked on absorbing and devouring this text, I had one thing in mind: I wanted to read about the delicious pastries I see through glass cases when I’ve visited bakeries across the country.  I want to experience what those bakers are creating and make it in my own kitchen.  First stop: cinnamon rolls.  While I’ve made countless cinnamon rolls in my kitchen, I wanted to explore them from the perspective and the recipe stash of a renowned baking legend.  I enjoyed the more narrative style of these recipes and the high level of detail.Read More »

For The Love of Baking: Bundt Dough

A Jewish Baker's Pastry Secrets / Flour and Fancy

This summer has been all about cookbooks for me.

I have been working on a personal goal of spending my free time devouring as many books filled with recipes as possible, and this has been reflected in my content here.  After all, food is best shared, and recipes are treasures.  As I inhaled these texts and beautiful images, I also wanted to work on refining my baking game.  What could I learn from true masters to make baking in my own kitchen yield a more delicious and personally gratifying result?

One book that I studied thoroughly was A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets.  This book adapts the recipes of a New York baking legend, George Greenstein, to the home cook.  From Jewish holiday baking to my area of interest, European classics, he presents his dough and pastry recipes in a way that creates dazzling results for the just beginning and highly experienced home baker.Read More »

Hijacked Biscoff Cookies

Hijacked Biscoff Cookies // Flour and Fancy

I was delighted when I got my hands on Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi of the renowned bakery, Momofuku Milk Bar.  This text takes the baker and friends out of the bakery and into her own home, where she features simple, classic recipes made from supermarket ingredients.  Think of this as the weeknight cookbook.

When I began reading this cookbook, I immediately thumbed through to the cookies.  Milk Bar is known for its baked goodies, and I was immediately curious to know what these baking experts were making in their own homes.  Then, I found it – the recipe that would, hands down, be the one I used the most from this text.  The recipe that my husband salivated over.  The recipe whose pages now bear greasy, sugary fingerprints.  Hijacked Biscoff Cookies.Read More »

Easy Peach Crisp

Easy Peach Crisp // Flour and Fancy

Hello, peaches!  It’s about time you showed up for the party.

Every year, when warm weather descends, I (im)patiently begin my wait for peaches.  Here that wait ends in June when local growers begin to sell those delicious orange-red-yellow orbs that I associate with a sweet, succulent summer.  While I’m waiting, I always begin building the anticipation by delving into recipes.  This year, I found a favorite in Grill It, Braise It, Broil It: And 9 Other Easy Techniques For Making Healthy Meals.Read More »