I have been waiting all year for Fall to arrive in Los Angeles, along with “The Great Pumpkin” from Charlie Brown. Surely the Great Pumpkin descended upon numerous food bloggers Saturday, inspiring many wonderful pumpkin dishes that were not only beautiful to photograph, but delicious to sample. And that is what we did, in that order of course.
Here are some of the pumpkin dishes.
Check link at bottom of blog for all the pumpkin recipes.
Sugar, spice and everything nice are blended in to this pumpkin spice cake and muffins.
Check out the table of goodies for indulgence. Special thanks to Rashmi (Yum Kid) for opening up her home for the event.
From savory to sweet, every means of utilizing pumpkins was used.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to make something that combined two of my favorite Fall ingredients – pumpkin and cranberries.
Making this treat in mini dessert glasses helps everyone with portion control, and looks oh so impressive. You can buy the mini dessert glasses at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Start the recipe by making a simple toffee brittle, then mixing whip cream with pumpkin and spices. You can make the cran-raspberry sauce in advance and freeze. The leftover sauce is also great on ice cream.
Assembly of these festive desserts is a bit messy, but well worth the effort. I suggest using a piping bag to fill the glasses with pumpkin. Make your own by using a plastic bag with a corner cut off.
Note: You can make this dessert ahead of time and freeze it, which makes this great for transporting to a party. You can also double the recipe and make it in a trifle bowl.
- Vegetable oil
- 1 package baking toffee bits (such as Heath or Skor, in the baking section next to chocolate chips)
- 8 teaspoons (packed) dark brown sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 1¾ cups chilled heavy whipping cream
- ¾ cup sugar
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1¼ cups canned pure pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 package fresh or frozen cranberries (12 oz)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup raspberry vinegar
- 1 package frozen raspberries (12 oz)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil; brush generously with vegetable oil. Toss toffee bits, sugar, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add butter and toss to coat. Place mixture in center of prepared sheet; pat to single layer. Bake until toffee bits are soft (but retain shape), about 8-10 minutes. Watch closely as this will burn quickly. Cool crunch completely on sheet. Transfer to work surface; chop coarsely, saving bigger pieces for topping the dessert.
- Whisk ¾ cup whipping cream, sugar, and egg yolks in heavy medium saucepan to blend. Stir over medium-low heat until thickened to pudding consistency, about 10 minutes (do not boil). Transfer mixture to large bowl. Mix in pumpkin, rum, vanilla, ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and allspice. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes.
- Beat remaining 1 cup cream in another large bowl until cream holds peaks. Fold remaining whipped cream into pumpkin mixture. Cover and refrigerate mousse at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.
- Bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add cranberries and vinegar and return to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in raspberries during the last few minutes. Pour sauce into a bowl, cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until you are ready to assemble dessert. This can be made in advance and frozen. Defrost before assembling dessert.
- In each mini dish, add approximately 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce. Pipe or drop dollop of mousse in each goblet, then add 1 teaspoon of toffee crunch. Top with more pumpkin mousse. Cover; refrigerate or freeze overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Garnish with big Toffee Crunch pieces.
Photo of the Week
Great pumpkins I spotted at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market last week.
Quote of the Week
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis
I second that.
…and then she paused for thought.