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Ditch pumpkin spice latte and have fun with the real deal

October 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Forget pumpkin spice lattes. These seven ways to enjoy real pumpkin and a homemade pumpkin spice blend will inspire you and give you a whole new list of creative at-home projects as the seasons change.

Homemade pumpkin spice blend

If what gets you going every fall is the taste of pumpkin spice, it's not the actual pumpkin you're craving.

But now that we're all experts in cooking from our pantry, why not stir together a simple homemade pumpkin spice blend so you can pumpkin spice-ify anything your heart desires at home?

Pumpkin spice blend is a simple combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.

Pumpkin butter

Use 1 cup granulated sugar and 1½ teaspoons pumpkin spice blend for every 3 pounds cubed pumpkin.

Pumpkin fries

If you like sweet potato fries, give pumpkin fries a try.

Just like their root vegetable cousins, pumpkin fries can be baked in the oven or crisped up in the air fryer, and can skew savory or sweet depending on your cravings.

Peel and slice pumpkin into matchsticks and toss with olive oil and your preferred spice blend, then bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or cook in an air fryer, stirring halfway through, for 15 minutes until browned.

Bread them in panko, just like you would a chicken cutlet, and add spices like cinnamon and sugar for churro-style pumpkin fries or Parmesan and garlic for Italian fries.

Pumpkin fondue

You can either fill a pumpkin with layers of bread, cheese and cream, then roast the whole thing; or pour stovetop-made fondue into a pumpkin.

Roasted pumpkin

Is an oven-roasted pumpkin not ambitious enough for you?

Use this homemade puree for any pumpkin treat that strikes your fancy, like a pumpkin pie milkshake.

(You can also roast a pumpkin on the grill, but it's not quite as dramatic. )

Pumpkin beer chili

Substitute any pumpkin beer for the hard cider in this recipe, which gives you a chance to use homemade pumpkin puree from your roasted pumpkin.

You can also cube the pumpkin in place of butternut squash in any chili recipe, like this one that also includes pumpkin beer.

Pumpkin beer bread

Pumpkin bread?

Pumpkin beer bread has two things going for it: The yeast in the beer works with sugar, baking powder and flour as a turbocharger to help the bread rise quickly in the oven.

And when you're using real pumpkin and not a canned puree, you control the level of sugar and spices in the finished loaf.

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