Sugar. Spice. Everything nice.
That's what fall baked things are made of.
(It's time for a new cutesy rhyme for girls anyway.)
Something about fall weather combined with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice makes the world seem a more wonderous place, does it not?
It just so happens that about this time, a large, orange fruit is having a heyday in fields country-wide; making appearances on front doorsteps, as carriages for wannabe princesses, and, most delightfully, in so many delicious baked goodies.
So, of course, the combination of fall, spices, and pumpkin dainties equals complete and total wonderousness.
I'm a big fan, anyway!
And who wouldn't be? While pumpkin, by itself, doesn't have a whole lot of its own flavor (though it seems my dog + cat, Chase and Bean, still seem to think it's the best thing ever!) it is absolutely the perfect medium through which we can convey the flavors of the season.
Pumpkin puree's silky texture brings out the very best in pies, gliding like a custard or a mousse on the palate. In quickbreads and cookies, dense pumpkin moisturizes and enhances the crumb similarly to butter or oil, making them seem uber-decadent - (not to mention often making them healthier!) And something about it plus that fall spice brigade just makes me go a little nuts.
So this is my thought. We've gotta get on board this season. If you're thinking of making a delicious breakfast, mid-day munchie, or dessert, this seasonal ingredient-ninja is what you need for a healthified and ah-mazing recipe.
Speaking of recipes. Did I mention pumpkin is the star in all of them? Oh, that's right, that's why you're here! Please, enjoy some of my personal favorites!