All Hail the Pumpkin King!

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Since fall is on it’s way, and we have, after all, a pumpkin patch, we thought we’d share with you our favorite pumpkin things. From snacks to beer, we are all about the pumpkin!

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Coffee

Of course, Starbucks has a tasty Pumpkin Spice Latte every year around this time, but you can even make our own pumpkin coffee at home for a fraction of the price! Here’s a recipe you can make right at home.
What you’ll need:
Coffee maker and filters
¼ cup of ground coffee (we suggest using something with vanilla in it.)
1 tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. cinnamon
4 cups of water
Add cream and sugar to taste.

What you’ll do:
Mix the coffee, all spice, and cinnamon together before putting into your coffee maker. Pour 4 cups of water into the maker and turn it on. BAM! Pumpkin spiced coffee so tasty you’ll drink the whole pot without even realizing it.

If you really had your heart set on a latte, here’s a fairly simple recipe.

What you’ll need:
Coffee maker and filters, or espresso machine
1-cup vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp. pure pumpkin puree
1 tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
1/8 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
Cinnamon for sprinkling
(If you prefer, skip the almond milk and use regular milk, changing your vanilla extract portion to ¼ tsp.)

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

If you’d rather just have something you can easily add to your coffee, try this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer!

What you’ll need:
14 ounces heavy whipping cream, divided
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

What you’ll do:

  1. Whisk 4 ounces cream, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract together in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat pumpkin mixture in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between intervals, until heated through and completely blended, 1 to 3 minutes.
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk, remaining 10 ounces cream, and pumpkin mixture into a container. Cover the container with a lid, and shake until completely mixed. Store in the refrigerator. 

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Beer

(For the adults, of course.)

Pumpkin beers are all the rage this season, and while you might not know this, there are a myriad of styles that are worth trying. Our personal favorite is Red Hook Pumpkin Porter. This tasty treat is a dark ale that’s brewed with pumpkin, spices, and maple syrup. It’s a little on the light side for a porter, and full of fall flavor!

Wollaver’s Organic Pumpkin Ale won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival last year, and it deserved the honor. It’s a well-balanced beer, with hints of mixed spices and sweetness. It’s not overpowering, or too heavy. This is a good one.

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Food

Now we realize that pumpkin flavored food is not for everyone, however, these recipes are not too intense and would be a good option for the “not so much pumpkin” lover.

Pumpkin Waffles:

What you’ll need:
Waffle maker
Stand mixer
2 cups of all-pupose flour
3 tbsp. of firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. of baking soda
1 tsp. of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. of kosher salt
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 cup of canned 100% pure pumpkin
1 egg yolk plus 3 egg whites
4 tbsp. of melted cooled butter
2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar

What you’ll do:

  1. Whip 3 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside for now.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  3. Combine milk, pumpkin, butter, egg yolk and vinegar in a small bowl and stir.
  4. Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and stir.
  5. Gently fold in egg whites.
  6. Put batter in waffle maker.
  7. Enjoy this deliciousness!

Big thanks to allrecipes.com, Pinterest, and the Food Network for these delicious recipes!

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