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You may not know this, but I love pumpkin. I love it in risotto, in ravioli, in cake, in pie, in salad, in EVERYTHING. So, as the pumpkin queen, and now we’re in the spookiest of all the months, I think it’s high time I share with you some of the best pumpkin recipes I’ve found online.
Pumpkin mac ‘n’ cheese
Can you believe it? Can you? It’s PUMPKIN and it’s MAC ‘N’ CHEESE. It’s PUMPKIN MAC ‘N’ CHEESE. OH MY GOD. I mean, hygge is all about cosiness and warmth and homeliness, right? So mac ‘n’ cheese is an obvious choice. But adding in pumpkin? Unreal. I would use actual macaroni rather than the penne in the picture, but I won’t tell if you want to use something else.
Paleo pumpkin pie
I don’t follow a paleo diet, but I love how simple this recipe is. I’m diabetic, so the lack of sugar is a real bonus. Pumpkin pie doesn’t seem to have really taken off in the UK just yet, so you might be thinking ‘where the bloody hell am I going to find a can of pumpkin?’ I use Libby’s, which is available in Waitrose and Tesco, or can be ordered on Amazon. You may also be thinking ‘what the bloody hell is pumpkin pie spice?’ It’s very easy to make your own with a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger – I go easy on the ginger and kick up the nutmeg and cinnamon.
Bet you’re glad I told you about the canned pumpkin now, right? Say hello to your new favourite autumnal treat. The good thing about these is that you probably have most of the ingredients kicking around already, so they’re nice and easy to make. We don’t really have whipped dessert topping in the UK (do we? If we do, please tell me!), so I’d probably just make a nutmeg-flavoured cream cheese frosting (think carrot cake) or a maple buttercream. I love tinkering with recipes, so I’d probably throw a few chopped pecans on top as well.
Pumpkin and goat’s cheese lasagne
Right, I’ll get this out of the way first: goat’s cheese is one of the very few foods I absolutely can’t stand, so I would replace that with ricotta in this recipe. I think lasagne embodies hygge very well – it’s a communal dish, served family style, and it’s warm and comforting and creamy and reassuring. Pumpkin works like a dream in lasagne, with its gorgeously silky texture and its robust structure. This would work just as well with butternut squash, but in October? It’s got to be pumpkin. And psst – as an added bonus, this is a Nigella recipe.
Pumpkin spice mug cake
What’s that you say? A cake I can make and eat in less than five minutes? Why yes, I’ll have 12. I LOVE mug cakes, because I’m a basic bitch, so I’m all over this. It’s also a good way to use up the last scrapings of a can of pumpkin puree. If anything, it’s highly economical. That’s my excuse. I’d probably kick this up a notch by dropping a spoonful of something great into the batter before it’s blitzed in the microwave – Nutella, peanut butter or Marshmallow Fluff would work well.
Oh, this post could go on for about six years, but I’m going to show a bit of restraint and leave it there for now. You can find a lot more delicious autumnal recipe ideas over on my Pinterest board (if you like peanut butter, maple syrup and butternut squash, we’re going to get on well).
How about you? Do you have any killer pumpkin recipes? I’m always on the lookout for delicious new things to cook for hyggeligt autumn evenings, so I’d love to hear what you’ve found.