Beyond Pumpkin Pie: 10 Ways to Make Use of Puréed Pumpkin

Sep 18 2014 - 6:30am

Yeah, yeah, we all know about the classic pumpkin pie. It's a tried-and-true Autumn dessert, but why not think outside of the can this season? Pumpkin is a Fall staple, and we've got proof that you can incorporate it into just about anything [1]. The warm and spicy flavor is always a welcomed surprise when complementing unexpected ingredients. Here are 10 wonderful ways to use pumpkin purée that you haven't thought of yet.

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts, Nicole Perry

Make a Cocktail

This might sound a little strange, but you'll be pleasantly surprised by how well the pumpkin complements cocktails. Try a rum-based pumpkin mojito [2], a pumpkin Irish coffee [3], and even a spiced vodka punch [4].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Mix It in Hummus

You will have no problem munching on pumpkin hummus [5] with crackers (or pita chips).

Think Beyond Pie

There are plenty of other divine desserts that use pumpkin. Consider pumpkin brownies [6], pumpkin whoopie pies [7], or pumpkin cake pops [8].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Add Into a Soup

If you've taken the time to make your own pumpkin purée, use it as a base for a creamy soup [9]. It's the perfect way to highlight the true essence of pumpkin.

Use It in Cake

It's time to get naked. Well, we're actually talking about your cake. This spicy naked cake recipe [10] leaves the cake layers bare; just put frosting on top.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Stir Into Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Classic pumpkin pie spices and a splash of bourbon give this pumpkin ice cream [11] a rich and creamy flavor. Serve it alongside cake or pie.

Mix Into Risotto

Pumpkin is ideal for Italian preparations. Add it to al dente arborio rice for a rich and luxurious risotto [12].

Source: Flickr user Luca Nebuloni [13]

Add Into Bars

What's better than this two-in-one recipe? Pretty much nothing. These pumpkin bars [14] are like cake with the frosting already swirled in. Try a pumpkin-carrot bar [15] if you're the type that likes things lightened up.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Bake With Pasta

This pumpkin parmesan pasta bake [16] is an ideal Fall dinner when you're looking for a creamy, comforting meal that's basically pumpkin mac and cheese.

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Make an Edible Gift

Whip up a batch (or two) of homemade pumpkin bread [17], then package in a pretty box and deliver to a friend or neighbor as a token of your appreciation.

Source: Flickr user whitneyinchicago [18]

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