Non-Traditional

Man. I cannot believe it’s October. I mentioned this earlier. But I tell you, I won’t believe it. I can hardly grasp that it will be Thanksgiving (Canadian) this weekend!! The time has flown by.

I also cannot believe I have yet to purchase a single can of pumpkin puree. I know right?? What is this girl doing! Oh right, getting over a cold and trying to study for tests. Boy, school sure gets in the way of all the fun stuff. Like baking.

I absolutely love fall. Everything about it, from the first of September until Christmas day, just makes me feel so happy. Everything is crisp, leaves are turning that orangey-brown-y-yellow-y-red colour. Pumpkins have begun to make an appearance on grocery store shelves, and soon enough we’ll be making our way to the pumpkin patch. I honestly do not think one can ever out grow the love of going to the pumpkin patch, trotting around in the mud, and picking out that one, perfect, pumpkin.

Heck, I’m 23 and Adam’s 27 and I’m definitely going to be making a trip to the patch! And then we’ll come home, strategically plan our pumpkin carving, and then get excited when you place a candle inside and wait until it gets just dark enough so you can see how they look. Halloween is an all ages holiday.

Seeing as how I’ve been so busy with a cold, and school, I’ve had little time in planning this weekends dessert! I usually make the standard, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie or pecan pie. However, after perusing the internet I found some interesting non-traditional recipes that include pumpkin. I’ve collected a few that caught my eye, and hopefully I’ll be trying some out this weekend:

Raw Pumpkin Seed Cakes from Green Kitchen Stories, found here

Roasted Pumpkin Cupcakes with Mexican Chocolate Buttercream, from The Little Red House, found here

Pumpkin Souffles with Maple Pumpkin Ice-cream from Healthy Green Kitchen, found here

Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies from Recipe Girl, found here

Pumpkin Muffins from Sarahbeth’s Bakery by Sarabeth Levin, found here

Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread with Butter Rum Glaze, by Willow Bird Baking, found here

Question:

Are you baking for Thanksgiving this weekend?
If you don’t live in Canada, what’s your favourite go-to pumpkin recipe? Any new or different recipe’s you’ve come across this year?
Do you still visit the pumpkin patch?!!?! 

6 Comments on Non-Traditional

  1. Justine
    October 3, 2011 at 10:59 PM (3 years ago)

    omg please make the pull apart bread so I can live through you :P

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  2. Alicia
    October 4, 2011 at 8:46 AM (3 years ago)

    haha doesn’t it look delicious! It was orignially a cinnamon bun style pull apart bread, and now every keeps making new variations with it, and this pumpkin one looks yummy!!

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  3. Danielle
    October 4, 2011 at 3:46 PM (3 years ago)

    Chad and I are going to the Pumpkin Patch this year! I AM SO EXCITED! The last time I went I was 6 years old, so it’s been a while!

    Chad sister has started the tradition of cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. It’s one of my FAVORITE times of year. I think you’ve inspired me to try my hand at making a little baked treat for everyone! The pull apart bread looks amazing!

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  4. Hinna
    October 5, 2011 at 8:37 AM (3 years ago)

    I too am shocked at how October just snuck up on us and now it’s the Thanksgiving long weekend. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving per say, but usually the family is together in one form or another.

    I picked up some Ontario apples at the grocery store yesterday and I hope to make some apple pie pockets that I can stick in the freezer. I’ve never ever baked or cooked with pumpkin so I’m thinking of trying my hand at making some pumpkin bread as well. Wish me luck!

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  5. Alicia
    October 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM (3 years ago)

    Danielle: I am so excited for the pumpkin patch this year too! We’re busy this weeekend with thanksgiving, and then we leave next sunday for Mexico, so we’ll probably end up going the weekened of halloween! Hopefully there is a good selection left. I love thanksgiving, the best holiday! You don’t have to stress about presents, but get a giant delicious meal with family! The pull apart bread definitely looks delicious!

    Hinna: I cannot belive it! You definitely need to buy some pumpkin puree and bake something with it! =)

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