Pumpkin Belgian Waffles

Ahh, fall.

Just kidding, it’s still in the 60’s here. But I can pretend right? Mid-October is definitely time for pumpkin so I whipped up these pumpkin Belgian waffles last weekend despite summer still hanging on. These waffles don’t need much up-selling so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I was actually originally planning on sharing a different recipe, but I’ll save that one for next week so you can get right to these amazing waffles.

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Not overwhelmingly pumpkin flavored with all the fluffy texture of your favorite Belgian waffle recipe, these are a delightful addition to your breakfast repertoire. The spice of pumpkin pie is subtle enough to blend with maple syrup but strong enough to enjoy them plain. Feel free to up the spices if you want them to be more prominent. I added a few mini chocolate chips to some of mine (as you can see in the pictures) but they are equally delicious without.

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Note: Because pumpkin is so moist, these waffles will likely need to cook slightly longer than your usual recipe so I recommend turning your waffle maker about a half step higher. However, if you use leftover batter on subsequent days it will not need to cook quite as long as the batter gets less fluffy. On about day three I found I was going back to my usual setting of 5 instead of the 5.5 I used on the first day.

Also, if you don’t want to make the leftovers on demand, it works pretty well to make them all at once and freeze them. Under cook them by a half step or so and let them cool on a wire rack. Then break them into halves or quarters (whichever will fit in your toaster) and pop them in the freezer. You may have to test a couple to see which toaster setting is best for you, but on mine roughly the middle of the dial was perfect. (You can also try defrosting them slightly in the microwave first if you’re concerned about them getting too crunchy before they’re warm all the way through.) If you have a toaster oven, I imagine that would work even better.

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Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients; it’s an easy recipe despite quite a bit of measuring involved. Now, stop reading this and go make some waffles!

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles

Adapted from Cooking Classy
Makes about 8 waffles

Ingredients

2 ½ cups flour1
2 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp nutmeg

4 eggs, separated
1 pinch cream of tartar

1 cup milk
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices until completely combined. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until medium-stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, buttermilk, oil, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla until completely combined.
  4. Gently whisk the milk mixture into the dry mixture until everything is moistened but still lumpy. Carefully fold in the egg whites (there should still be small puffs of egg white visible).
  5. Heat your waffle iron and spray with cooking spray if necessary. Add about 3/4 cup of batter and cook to desired doneness.
  6. Serve immediately with toppings of choice. (Maple syrup or butter and cinnamon & sugar are both excellent.)

Notes

1 I also think they’d be great if you substituted ½ cup of the flour with whole wheat flour.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Fair warning, I never tire of pumpkin. I’ve already made my 2nd pumpkin pie of the season and I’m sure there will be a 3rd involved at Thanksgiving. As pumpkin pie is equally good for breakfast as it is for dessert, I don’t mind having a whole one to myself and happily eat it for several days in a row. I greatly look forward to Operation: Eat Everything Pumpkin! (which takes place annually between October and December) and do my best to mix in some new recipes along with my old favorites. If you’re looking for a slightly less traditional pumpkin dessert to serve this Thanksgiving, look no further.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes >> Baking Bytes

Traditional pumpkin and classic cheesecake come together in a wonderful dessert sure to please pumpkin lovers and cheesecakes fans alike. Even my boyfriend, who isn’t a huge fan of pumpkin, thinks these are pretty delicious. Smooth, creamy, and rich, it could very well become a new annual favorite. Even better, the mini size makes for ready to go individual servings and lets you enjoy the evening instead of attempting perfect slices with all eyes on you. These pop perfectly from the pan, and are excellent plain or with a swirl of whipped cream.

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This recipe does require a specialty pan, of course, but if you have room in your cupboards you surely won’t regret the purchase. Mini cheesecakes are great for potlucks, large dinners, and dessert parties because they’re easy to transport, quick to serve, and require no utensils to eat (although I do prefer a fork, myself.) However, if all you have is a regular cheesecake pan, head over to the original recipe to see instructions for a standard 9″ cheesecake. I’ve not made the full version [yet], but I’m sure it’s equally amazing.

So whether you try some new recipes or stick with the tried and true favorites, have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. (Or a wonderful regular weekend, for my foreign readers.)

Mini Pumpkin CheesecakesMini Pumpkin Cheesecakes >> Baking Bytes

Adapted from Glorious Eats
Makes 12 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients

Crust
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs1
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Filling
8 oz cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 Tbsp sour cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg2
pinch of ground cloves

1 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven  to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray a mini cheesecake pan.
  2. Using a fork or pastry blender, mix the crust ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Add a rounded tablespoon of the mix to each well in the pan, and press firmly to form a crust, sealing the edges well.3
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and smooth.
  5. Beat in pumpkin, eggs, sour cream, sugar and spices, then add flour and vanilla and beat until completely combined.
  6. Divide batter among the wells, about 3 Tbsp of filling atop each crust.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, and cool 15 minutes on the counter.
  8. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or until ready to eat.
  9. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired, and serve to adoring fans.

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Notes

About 6 graham crackers.
The original recipe calls for fresh, but dried works just fine.
A flat-bottomed shot glass works nicely for this, but use your fingers to make sure the edges are well sealed.
4 The cheesecakes keep well in the fridge for several days, or in the freezer for up to two months. They’re a great dessert to have on hand! Store in an airtight container.

Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Donuts {and Halloween}

Much like the rest of the 20-something white girl population, pumpkin is my favorite fall flavor. October is a highly anticipated month as I count the days towards what I officially call “Pumpkin Season.” Granted, this date is completely arbitrary, but since Bozeman summer generally extends well into September anyway, October 1st seemed a good choice.

IMG_1968Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Donuts >> Baking Bytes

Since I’ve already posted my favorite pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cupcakes, and pumpkin milkshake, I sought a new recipe to share this year. A Pinterest post led me to these donuts, which I ever so slightly adapted to fit my preferences. A moist and pleasantly spiced pumpkin donut topped with a cinnamon glaze is the perfect start to a fall morning. As this is a baked donut recipe, it does require a donut pan, but I promise you won’t regret the purchase. My one complaint about my pan is that it only holds six donuts, when all recipes make twelve. (First world problems, haha.)

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These would be a great way to kick off Halloween morning, sharing them with family, friends, or coworkers. Like many of you (I’m guessing), I already attended a Halloween party this past weekend, but maybe there’s a day-of party happening Thursday, or you just want to make something easy this fall. Whatever the occasion, these donuts are an easy way to bring the pumpkin flavor to breakfast.

Did you have a costume this year? I dressed up as Donatello (the Ninja Turtle, not the Renaissance artist), using a costume my mom made my older brother when he was five. That makes this costume almost as old as me, but still amazingly awesome.

I hope you hum the theme song for the rest of the day.

Heroes in a half shell – Turtle Power!

Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

Barely adapted from Taste and Tell
Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger

1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp milk

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp milk

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a donut pan and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together brown sugar, butter, and pumpkin until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add eggs, mixing well, and then stir in milk and vanilla until completely incorporated.
  5. Stir in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  6. Spoon batter into a large Ziploc or pastry bag, cut off the tip, and pipe into the buttered donut wells.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan five minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. For the glaze, whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  9. Dip cooled donuts in the glaze and return to the wire rack to set.
  10. Enjoy with a glass of milk or a mug of coffee, and a few friends to help you eat them.

IMG_2029Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Donuts >> Baking Bytes

Notes

1 These taste great made a day in advance, but the glaze tends to soak into the donut. If you can, glaze them on the day you intend to serve them so they’ll stay nice and pretty.

Pumpkin Mudslide Milkshake

On this last weekend in November, before eggnog season (December 1 for me) officially starts, you may find yourself wanting a sweet treat in which to indulge. Perhaps, like me, you had that last bit of extra pumpkin to use up, and not quite all of the ice cream has been eaten.

The Cupcake Project designated this to be a Halloween drink, with which I fully agree, but I also think it makes an excellent post-Thanksgiving indulgence for that awkward weekend between cider and eggnog. (Or maybe I just over think the seasons too much…)

My version, inspired by CP, is tailored to my own personal preferences for an alcoholic milkshake, with a less boozy taste. Feel free to customize the alcoholic proportions to fit your own individual tastes. Due to the alcohol, these milkshakes are not particularly thick, but taste delicious. The recipe below is for one serving, so multiply as necessary to fit your needs.

Alcohol not your style? Too early in the day for vodka? Want to make a virgin adaptation for your kids? No problem! Simply substitute 2-3 oz milk for the liquor and you’re good to go. As a plus, this will result in a thicker milkshake.

And don’t worry, this should be my last pumpkin recipe for a while.

Pumpkin Mudslide Milkshake

Inspired by the Cupcake Project
Makes 1 milkshake

Ingredients

1/2 oz. whipped cream vodka (I use Pinnacle Whipped)
1/2 oz. Kahlúa
1/2 oz. Irish cream liqueur
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 dash* ground cinnamon
1 pinch* ground ginger
1 smidgeon* ground cloves
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
Chocolate sauce, to taste
Whipped cream, to taste

* I have this fun set of measuring spoons my mom got me for these measurements. If you don’t (honestly they’re pretty silly, but fun) just give a small shake of each from your spice jar. Just aim for more cinnamon than ginger, more ginger than cloves, and not very much of each. Having precise measurements is not really important.

Directions

  1. Swirl chocolate sauce on the inside of your glass; set aside.
  2. Place liquor, pumpkin and spices in a blender, and pulse a few times to smooth out the pumpkin.
  3. Add ice cream and blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses and top with whipped cream. Some mini chocolate chips would also add a nice touch to the top. (I just didn’t have any on hand.)

Notes: Serving these at a party and concerned about the chocolate blurring into the milkshake? Place your glass in the freezer for about 15 minutes, swirl the chocolate, and return to the freezer for 30 minutes. Even better: use Magic Shell chocolate sauce (or similar product.)

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Before I moved to Bozeman, I never really understood why people liked fall. September through November are typically the wettest months of the year in Juneau, even by Juneau’s standards. Constant drizzle, drippy leaves, and annual flooding are really the only things Juneauites have to look forward to, other than possibly freezing nights resulting in ridiculously icy roads.

However, going to college in Bozeman introduced me to the crisp air, crunchy leaves, and brilliant colors of the ideal fall day. I now understand the appeal of the season and all the baking flavors that come with it. The smell of something baking is just as much a part of fall, and if it fits the weather then so much the better.

So just in case you aren’t tired of pumpkin yet (as if that’s even possible), this bread is amazing. Moist, pumpkiny, the perfect amount of spices. I’ve baked it twice this month already and I’m sure a third is not far off. It’s so good I have a hard time not eating all three loaves in one day.

If you are baking at or around sea level ignore the red text as there’s no need to make any changes. But if you’re baking at 4500 feet (like I am), follow the red modifications I’ve made in the recipe.

Otherwise, this happens.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

 Adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
2 scant tsp. baking soda
1 scant tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

4 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F for 50-60 (375°F) and grease three  8”x4”x2” loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center.
  3. In another bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin, oil and water; mix well.
  4. Stir into dry ingredients (I find a rubber scraper is easiest) just until moistened.
  5. Divide evenly into greased loaf pans.
  6. Bake for 50-60 (40-45) minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Note: I find it easiest to use the disposable loaf pans (don’t have to worry about getting them back from people) and place all three on a baking sheet. You know your oven best, but I’ve never had to rotate them during baking.