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What ever happened to the pumpkin? You know, that bulbous, bright-orange member of the squash family that used to be emblematic of fall? It's gone missing.
Now, autumn is considered pumpkin spice season, boasting a plethora of products that typically have little to no real pumpkin in them whatsoever.
It's gotten to the point where plain ol' pumpkin recipes feel like a rarity, a novelty. A pumpkin's fate is usually being carved into a jack-o-lantern rather than baked into bread or puréed into a bisque. And we feel like that's a shame. So, here are 17 recipes that highlight the earthy, rich sweetness of pumpkin — real pumpkin.
Could there really be anything more decadent than a cross between pumpkin pie and French toast?
This perfectly pumpkin-y pile has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. All it needs is a generous drizzle of some real maple syrup.
The shards of pumpkin-brown sugar brittle take an already tasty treat to a whole other level. It's all in the details, right?
This hearty autumnal meal comes together with pantry staples in just four hours in the crock pot — perfect for tailgating.
The warm, cozy spices in these bars are brightened up with a thick slick of cream cheese frosting.
Bacon makes everything better. So does pumpkin. So you can imagine what happens when the two of them join forces.
Soufflé sounds sophisticated, but did you know it could be accomplished in your trusty ol' microwave? This'll be your fanciest-yet-simplest breakfast ever.
This is autumnal coziness in liquid form. You're going to want to dive right in.
Rich, creamy, classic. There's no beating it.
You thought kiribath, Sri Lankan rice pudding, couldn't get any more comforting — then it got the pumpkin treatment.
It's a crispy, chewy, classic crowd-pleaser with a seasonal twist.
Pair a thick slice with a cup of coffee, and your morning will be made.
Give your typical potato pancakes a subtly sweet spin.
Feeling conflicted because you're going to miss summer but are also looking forward to fall? Here's your solution. The perfect bridge between seasons.
Once you try these, you'll realize that, without that pumpkin purée, you've been eating dry muffins this entire time.
As this recipe demonstrates, pumpkin's flavor is strong enough to stand up to the powerful force that is chimichurri. More savory pumpkin recipes like this, please!
Wait, cinnamon buns weren't already perfect? No, actually, they needed pumpkin. Now they're perfect.