Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mmmmm Pumpkin everything

Best part of fall? Pumpkin treats! I will admit that I am a sucker for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes but at $4 a pop I'm thankful I found this recipe to make them at home! Its intended for the crockpot but i cooked it on the stove top to save time and it was still really good. I think slowly heating it would probably help the flavors to develop a bit better. This is yet another recipe I found on Crockpot365.blogspot.com

Pumpkin spice lattes
--2 cups milk (I used 1%)
--2 T canned pumpkin
--2 T white sugar
--2 T vanilla (not a typo. it asks for tablespoons)
--1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
OR: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
--1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee

--garnish with whipped cream (optional)

The Directions.
This will make enough for 2 people to have a big mug with a bit leftover. If you are having friends over, adjust the recipe accordingly. I used a 4-quart crockpot, but as small as a 1.5 quart will work with these amounts.
Add the coffee/espresso and milk to the crockpot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar, and vanilla.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. Whisk again.

Totally yummy we will be making these again.

The other treat we had, Pumpkin bars I got the recipe from Reiko (thanks!) and it has quickly become a fall favorite around here. They are easy to make and freeze well (if they make it that far)

Pumpkin bars w/ cream cheese frosting:
-4 eggs
-3/4 veg oil (i use 1/2 cup apple juice and 1/4 cup olive oil)
-2 c sugar (agian I knocked it down to 1 1/2 c.)
-2c canned pumpkin or roasted pureed sugar pumpkin
-1 tsp. baking soda
-1 tsp salt
-2 tsp cinnamon

Directions
mix all wet ingredients together create a well mix in all dry ingredients. put in a greased/floured jelly roll pan 11x17in. bake at 350 for 20-25 min. (untill toothpick comes out clean) cool and frost

Frosting:
-1/4c butter
-3 oz cream cheese
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-2c powdered sugar

Directions
Mix mix mix smear on top of cooled bars.

EAT! Yum!

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