Thanksgiving is almost upon us so by now you have purchased, roasted, and pureed a pumpkin (of course you have!) and you are looking for some ideas of what to do with all of that wonderful pumpkin puree. If you haven’t found a pumpkin yet what are you waiting for? Head out to your local Philadelphia area farmer’s market and grab one. If you can’t make it to a market just walk around Philly (perhaps head to the Reading Terminal Market) and you will find some great local pumpkins for sale.
As a loyal reader you have no doubt thought about making a pumpkin cheesecake, or perhaps purchasing a pumpple cake from the Flying Monkey (don’t try to make one of those at home, seriously) but there are so many other great ways to enjoy pumpkin puree in a Thanksgiving dessert.
- Chai Tea Spice Pumpkin Pie (just substitute chai tea spice for the spices in your pumpkin pie filling recipe)
- Pumpkin and Ginger Spice Cake (Take your favorite spice cake recipe and add some grated fresh ginger to taste and substitute a portion of the liquids for pumpkin puree).
- Pumpkin Ice Cream
- Pumpkin Stuffing (ok not a dessert but add some pumpkin puree and roasted pumpkin seeds to your Thanksgiving stuffing to really make it out of this world).
- Pumpkin Ganache: Chocolate and pumpkin can go very well together. Use your favorite milk or white chocolate for the ganache and start with 2.5 times as much chocolate as heavy cream (so for 2.5 pounds of chocolate you need 1 pound of heavy cream- but that would make A TON of ganache). As for pumpkin you would need about 1/4 as much puree as heavy cream (so 4 ounces of pumpkin for 1 pound of cream). These ratios will give you a soft pumpkin ganache you can use to coat a bundt cake or just eat with a spoon.
- Pumpkin Mousse: Nothing more than heavy cream, powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, and a little gelatin (mixed with water).
These are really just a few ways to use your pumpkin puree so experiment (you can use pumpkin puree almost anywhere that a fruit puree is called for). The above ideas are also just that– ideas. Take them, run with them, and make them your own. As always you can email the Dessert Examiner with any questions, comments, or recipe issues you have. Happy desserting Philadelphia and remember to always eat dessert first!!!