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It’s the beginning of fall, which means that it’s that time of the year: Pumpkin products are suddenly flooding grocery shelves. More pumpkin spice options are appearing in cafes too, but you can easily make them yourself. Here are four pumpkin spice recipes to try at home.
1. Pumpkin spice bread
Try an easy pumpkin spice bread recipe when you’re craving a delicious fall treat. In a large mixing bowl, combine half a cup of vegetable oil, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, two large eggs, and one cup of canned pumpkin pie filling. Mix the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined. Fold in the remaining dry ingredients into the mixture: one-and-a-half cups of all-purpose flour, one-and-one-quarter teaspoons of baking soda, three-quarters of a teaspoon of salt, and one cup of brown sugar. Stir the dry ingredients with your wet mixture until it’s a very smooth batter.
Grease a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper and add the batter. Place your recipe into the oven after it’s been heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake your bread for one hour and insert a tester (such as a toothpick) into the center of the bread. The bread is ready when the tester comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the pumpkin spice bread cool in the pan for one hour. After your bread cools, pop it out onto the rack and enjoy. This delicious dessert is a good match with coffee or a pumpkin spice latte.
2. Pumpkin spice latte
If you’re in the mood for a tasty and easy fall drink, try a pumpkin spice latte. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine one cup of milk, two tablespoons of pure pumpkin puree, one tablespoon of sugar, a quarter-teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and a quarter-teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and ventilate your mixture with a small hole in the wrap.
Microwave for one to two minutes, until the recipe is hot. Whisk the ingredients vigorously for about 30 seconds until the milk mixture becomes foamy. Pour a quarter-cup of espresso or coffee into a large mug and add it to the foamed milk you just created. Top your latte with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
3. Pumpkin spice pancakes
For an indulgent and easy fall breakfast, have some filling pumpkin spice pancakes. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and set aside a baking sheet. Whisk together one-and-one-quarter cups of flour, two tablespoons of brown sugar, two tablespoons of baking powder, a quarter of a teaspoon of salt, three-quarters of a teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter-teaspoon of ground nutmeg, a dash of ground ginger, and a dash of ground cloves in a medium bowl. Make sure to thoroughly mix any big chunks of brown sugar for better dissolving.
In a separate small bowl, combine one cup of milk, half a cup of pumpkin puree, one large egg, and two tablespoons of either oil or butter. Stir the dry ingredients with the pancake batter. The batter may still be lumpy.
Heat an oiled skillet or griddle over medium heat or 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the batter on the griddle or skillet in 1/3 cup portions. You can use the back of the spoon or measuring cup to smooth the batter into a circular shape. When bubbles start forming on the top, carefully use a spatula to flip your pancakes onto the other side. Let the pancakes cook for a few more minutes until golden brown.
Transfer the pancakes to the baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm until serving. Repeat the same steps with the rest of the batter until all of it has all been cooked. Regrease the pan as needed while cooking the pancakes. Serve your pumpkin spice pancakes with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, whipped cream, or all three.
4. Pumpkin spice smoothie
If you have a strong blender and want a healthier version of a pumpkin spice latte, try a pumpkin spice smoothie. This smoothie would taste pleasant alongside pumpkin spice pancakes.
Add all of your smoothie ingredients to your blender in the following order: one frozen banana, half a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, a quarter of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a quarter of a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, half a cup of skim milk, two tablespoons of pure maple syrup, two-thirds of a cup of pumpkin puree, and lastly, one cup of ice.
Blend your mixture on high for at least three minutes or until your drink is smooth. You may need longer than three minutes to blend if your blender isn’t powerful. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed throughout the blending process.
If you don’t like a thick smoothie, add more milk to thin it out. If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add a couple more ice cubes. Add more pumpkin spice if you prefer a strong kick of pumpkin.
What’s your favorite pumpkin spice recipe for fall? Sound off in the comments!