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Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life!!

Yes, I used a spice girls song as my title and YES, it’s that time of year for pumpkin spice flavoured everything!!! I am very guilty of this seasonal trend, and I’m not scared to admit it.  No fear, I have just the recipes you need to add to your quiver of pumpkin spice treats. I have covered you from latte's to alcoholic beverages.  Yes, pumpkin spice just made it's way into your martini - you are fit for all your autumn holiday gatherings!  Before I delve into all things pumpkin spice, I would like to share a little info on our humble little friend the pumpkin.

12 Things You Never Knew About Pumpkins:

  1. The word pumpkin showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella in 1697.
  2. The word “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word “pepon”, meaning large melon.
  3. Pumpkins are actually fruits that originated in Central America.
  4. Pumpkins can help boost your immune system due to the high amounts of vitamin C.
  5. Each mature pumpkin has about 500 seeds! Pumpkin seeds are high in manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.
  6. Shelled pumpkin seeds are green.  Quick nutritious tip: use shelled pumpkin seeds to make pesto instead of pine nuts!
  7. According to the Guinness World Records the largest pumpkin ever weighed was 1,054 kg (2,323 lb), grown by Beni Meier (Switzerland) and authenticated by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on 12 October 2014.
  8. Pumpkins are 90% water!
  9. 90% of pumpkins marketed in the US are used for Halloween jack-o-lanterns.
  10. Pumpkins are extremely high in antioxidant vitamin A.  One cup of pumpkin contains 145.8% of our Daily Value for vitamin A.
  11. Best way to retain the flavour and nutrients of pumpkin is to steam small cubes for 7 minutes!
  12. The first mention of pumpkin pie was a recipe for "pumpkin pudding baked in a crust," which appeared in the first American cookbook, "American Cookery," published by Amelia Simmons in 1796.

Now that I have you in pumpkin spirit, here is the secret to making everything pumpkin spiced. Happy Thanksgiving and Halloween!

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup

The creator of all things pumpkin spice!

1 cup water

cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

¼ cup pumpkin puree

1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

½ tsp vanilla extract

  • In a small saucepan over medium high heat combine water, sugar, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. 
  • Whisk together and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce and let simmer for 5 minutes on low until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Use immediately or refrigerate in a glass jar for up to 1 week.  You can also freeze in ice cube trays for individual use.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte  

1½ oz Pumpkin Spice Syrup

1½ oz espresso/strongly brewed coffee/ 1 heaping Tbsp Dandy Blend coffee alternative

¾ cup milk or milk alternative

 

Pumpkin Spice Tea

1oz Pumpkin Spice Syrup

1¼-1½ cups hot water

 

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Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

2 oz vodka

2 Pumpkin Spice Syrup

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass as is or a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger or a curl of fresh ginger. Optional: Rim glass with cinnamon coconut sugar.

 

Other uses for Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  1. Pour over yogurt or ice cream!
  2. Pumpkin Spice Green Tea
  3. Pumpkin Spice Italian Soda (2oz syrup:1 cup soda water)
  4. Pumpkin Spice whip cream or coconut cream
  5. Pumpkin Spice frosting

 

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