pumpkin mousse tart (aka: pumpkin chiffon pie)

pumpkin mousse tart

I know. I know. I know: how can I be posting another recipe for a pumpkin-based dessert when I made such a big deal about being anti-pumpkin? It’s hypocritical, I get it. But here’s the thing: my feelings about pumpkin put me solidly in the minority. I am basically surrounded by pumpkin lovers – and it was just thanksgiving after all – wouldn’t it have been weird if the person put in charge of desserts (aka: me) neglected to make something with pumpkin? (fyi: I feel the same way about apple pie – thanksgiving is not thanksgiving without one).
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pumpkin whoopie pies with cinnamon cream cheese filling

I have never been a big fan of pumpkin. I don’t fancy a pumpkin pie or a pumpkin soup, a pumpkin cheesecake, or even a pumpkin bread. But a pumpkin whoopie pie? Those, I have to say, I kind of really love. Whoopie pies are hands-down one of my favorite things. I adore the ratio of filling (ie: frosting) to pie (ie: cake). I love the size, the portability, and the easy prep. When I worked at the bakery, we made a lot of whoopie pies. Back then (yes, this was about 100 years ago) whoopie pies were just beginning their comeback (although, in my mind, they were never gone) and baked offered a variety of flavors (as they still do). Chocolate was, of course, my favorite (you can find my recipe for them here), but I have to say the pumpkin ones totally won me over. read more

salty caramel apples

salty caramel apples

i am a caramel apple fan from way back. if i had my druthers, i’d only ever eat apples blanketed in caramel. the combo of the juicy, tart apple and the salty/sweet and chewy candy is unparalleled. yet, despite my enthusiasm for them, making my own caramel apples never even crossed my mind. that is, until i ended up at a harvest festival (against my will) with my taste-testers, and i bought them each a candied apple. now, to say said apples were disappointing, is generous. they were bordering on inedible. the apples made their way into the garbage and i made my way into a story about how much i loved buying caramel apple “kits” from the grocery store, when i was little, and making them at home (for the uninitiated, the kits include round sheets of caramel that you wrap around apples and heat in the oven briefly). long story short, begging for kits immediately ensued, and promises of homemade caramel apples quickly followed. read more

rhubarb crumb cake

rhubarb crumb cake

crazy, i know, to post a recipe calling for rhubarb in november, but two things: one, this is really a post about crumb cake, and you can sub berries or cherries or sort of anything your heart desires for the rhubarb (you could even leave the fruit out altogether and make a straight-up, fab-o, crumb cake); and two, we found rhubarb growing (against all odds) in the garden about a month ago and i sort of/kind of had to make something with it . . .  read more