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4 Pumpkin Foods to Try This Fall
Fall is just around the corner, which means chilly weather and sweatshirts and campfires… but also all things PUMPKIN! It’s no surprise that here at the farm we’re big fans of pumpkins. Here are four pumpkin-themed recipes to try this fall!
These fun pretzels shouldn’t be too time-consuming, and relatively easy to make once you get the hang of dipping into the chocolate. You might be able to find orange melting chocolate at your local grocery store this time of year, especially if they carry bulk foods or candy-making supplies. If not, you can easily add orange food coloring to white melting chocolate to get the orange color. Be sure to melt the chocolate slowly—and don’t leave it in the microwave for too long, it doesn’t take much to melt it! The linked recipe recommends adding some shortening to thin out the chocolate, which would help to make the shape of the pretzel stand out a little bit more. Kids can help by sorting out the green M&Ms and also by placing them!
The great thing about roasted pumpkin seeds is that they are so very easy to make—and so versatile! Plus, they use up the seeds so you’re not wasting them. While the kids are scooping out the “guts” and carving their designs, rescue all the seeds from inside the pumpkin and lay them out on a paper towel. It can be a bit messy, since the seeds are often wrapped up in the guts. The towel helps to clean the seeds a bit before roasting them (though some might like to leave bits of pumpkin mixed in for a more pumpkin-y flavor). When the seeds are no longer soppy and wet, spread them on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle your seasoning on top so that it coats well. This is where the variety comes in: you can use ANY seasoning you please! Garlic powder, onion, sea salt… the skies the limit! Click the link for some seasoning ideas or try your favorite.
Pumpkin Cake Made Easy
A CCAF Staff Favorite
One of our employees brought this yummy recipe idea to our attention—and we thought it was a winner too! She says, “I can’t take credit for the idea—but we tried it and we like it!” She says to take one boxed cake mix and combine it with a small can of pumpkin. Her family traditionally uses a yellow cake, but spiced cake would probably be delicious too! Add an egg to the pumpkin and cake mix, and stir thoroughly. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake according to the directions on the box. Top your cake with whipped cream or a cream cheese frosting, and you have a delicious, easy-to-make pumpkin cake!
Everybody loves a good puppy chow recipe! And no, it’s not biscuits for your canine-friend; it’s the delicious, powdered sugar-y dessert made from cereal. The traditional way of making puppy chow includes chocolate and peanut butter, but this recipe calls for cinnamon, nutmeg, and various other spices, which gives it a festive fall-time flavor! The linked recipe calls for candy melts, which is a sugary, melting coating, not chocolate (though white melting chocolate could be substituted). Adding a mix-in like Mallowcreme Pumpkins (for the festive look) or roasted pumpkin seeds (for a salty flavor) sends this recipe over the top!