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Perfect Pumpkin Recipes To Use Well After the Fall Season

Pumpkin is a harvest classic and shows up in many iconic fall dishes. But just because pumpkin is frequently used in autumn dishes doesn’t mean you can’t use it later in the year as well. Here are a few ways to make use of this healthy vegetable in baked goods throughout the year, even in some dishes that might not be quite as healthy, but just as delicious. Keep reading for three Pumpkin recipes to enjoy well past the fall season.

Pumpkin Rolls

Pumpkin Roll Photo from Food Network

This take on a dessert classic is perfect for a rich treat the whole family will love. Pumpkin rolls incorporate pumpkin puree into a layer of pumpkin cake, spread with a layer of ice cream, and then rolled to create a swirl in the center of the dessert. It’s great for the holidays, but there’s no reason you can’t indulge in this sweet year-round.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Photo from POPSUGAR

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert that is sure to please every palette. Adding pumpkin and a bit of pumpkin pie spice takes this common cookie jar staple and adds a bit of a harvest flavor to it. Experiment with the spices if you’re not a fan of pumpkin pie to find a combination that’s perfect for your personal tastes.

Pumpkin-Parmesan Biscuits

Pumpkin-Parmesan Biscuits Photo From Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen

Not all pumpkin foods have to be sweet to be utterly delicious. Parmesan can add the perfect savory taste to accompany the pumpkin in this hearty side. The flavor pairing is complex but goes perfectly with the many hearty main dishes of winter.

Before doing any baking with pumpkin, make sure to account for the high water content of this ingredient. Pumpkins are 90 percent water, so be sure to properly prepare your pumpkin ingredients before incorporating into any baked good, or it might throw off the moisture content of your final product.

Even if pumpkin is typically used for fall classics, it can be an excellent ingredient to make use of year-round that adds excellent depth of flavor to many baked goods. What are your thoughts on these Pumpkin recipes? How will you make use of this unique vegetable in your future baking?

Here’s How to Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day

While we never need an excuse to indulge in a slice or two of chocolate cake, the upcoming National Chocolate Cake Day is the perfect reason to enjoy a slice or two in celebration of this most decadent of desserts. That’s right, on Friday, January 27th, two days from now, you are obligated to enjoy the sinful pleasures of chocolate cake. So without further adieu, in celebration of National Chocolate Cake Day, here are original recipes from Epicurious Wine, Veestro, and Terra’s Kitchen. We invite you to try out one or all of these delicious recipes. Here’s a great tip: To make your National Chocolate Cake Day incredibly fluffy, use sparkling water in your cake batter! We love using Sparkling Ice Essence of sparkling waters, an unsweetened, zero-calorie alternative with no artificial colors or preservatives. We promise each bite will be light as air.

Epicurious Wine’s “Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze”

YIELD: Makes 10 servings

For cake:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), chopped
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly butter and flour pan. Heat chocolate, sugar, and 1 cup butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (bowl should not touch water), stirring, until chocolate is almost completely melted, about 3 minutes; remove from heat and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted. Let this National Chocolate Cake Day cool completely. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, add eggs to chocolate mixture 1 at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat until mixture has a mousse-like consistency. Reduce speed to low and add salt and 1/3 cup flour; mix until smooth. Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake cake until top is firm and edges are slightly darkened, 55–65 minutes (rely on visual cues; a tester inserted into cake’s center will come out clean before the cake is truly done). Transfer pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool completely in pan before turning out.

Glaze and assembly:

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup Epicurious Cabernet Sauvignon
Special equipment:
9″ springform pan
Heat chocolate, butter, and salt in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (bowl should not touch water), stirring, until chocolate and butter are melted about 5 minutes. Whisk in powdered sugar. Meanwhile, bring wine just to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and whisk in wine; let cool until slightly thickened and a rubber spatula leaves a trail in the mixture when stirring, 8–10 minutes. Set cake on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Pour glaze over cake and spread it across the top and over the edges with an offset spatula. Let cake stand at room temperature until glaze is set, 2–3 hours. Cake can be made and glazed 2 days ahead. Chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Veestro’s SuperFood Chocolate Cake

1 1/4 cups cooked amaranth
1 cup cane sugar
1/3 cup good cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup filtered water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth and well incorporated. Place in a cake pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry.

Terra’s Kitchen Bundt Cake Recipe

2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
2/3 cup high-quality cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan, room temperature
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sour cream
5 tablespoons cold brewed coffee
Butter Coffee Pour Over (recipe to follow)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously grease a Bundt pan with butter (we used a heart-shaped Bundt for Valentine’s Day). Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a standing mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and light in texture (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the sour cream and coffee and mix until combined. Gradually add the dry JUST until incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt and bake until the center of cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean (about 45-50 minutes). Remove the cake from the oven and pour Butter Coffee Pour Over mixture over the hot cake. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Release the sides and bottom of the cake from the pan with a narrow metal spatula or knife. Invert the pan onto a plate or cake stand. Remove the pan and dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar before serving.

Butter Coffee Pour Over (Makes 1 ¼ cups)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brewed dark roast coffee
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
Add ingredients to a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

We’re sure one of these decadent chocolate cake recipes will help you celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day properly. We know our favorite (all of them), which chocolate recipe is your favorite?

PEREG Natural Foods Launches Six New Gluten-free Flour Varieties

Calling all bakers, celiac suffers, foodies, and fans of all things gluten-free, have we got some cool culinary news for you. PEREG Natural Foods, makers of gourmet spices, herbs and seasonings, launched a range of alternative, gluten-free flours for your baking pleasure. Six alternative gluten-free flours to be exact! Get ready to bake up a storm with the following varieties: Almond Flour, Banana Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Chickpea Flour, Coconut Flour, and Quinoa Flour.

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All of the PEREG Natural Foods flours are gluten-free, 100% natural, non-dairy, GMO-Free, Vegan and certified kosher. They are packaged in 16 oz. resealable stay-fresh bags which retails for $4.99 each. The 100% blanched Almond Flour is made from multi-purpose flour made from Almonds. It’s wonderful for use in pizza crusts, shortbread cookies, and as a coating for chicken nuggets. The Banana Flour, which mimics wheat flour, is made from ripe, peeled bananas. It boasts a light and fluffy texture, is a great addition to your morning smoothie, and as you can imagine, makes great banana bread. The Buckwheat Flour is made from whole ground buckwheat (the seed of a plant that is related to rhubarb) and makes great crepes, pancakes, English muffins, cookies and buns, and to thicken soups, stews, and sauces. We’ve actually enjoyed a Buckwheat pasta at Ornella Trattoria Italiana in Queens, so if you make your own pasta at home, we highly recommend using this. The high in protein, iron, and fiber Chickpea Flour is made from ground chickpeas and great for making delicious falafels, pancakes, cookies, and fritters. We all know the benefits of drinking coconut water, get ready to create healthy recipes with the PEREG Coconut Flour. Think cupcakes, cookies, pancakes, bread, etc. The possibilities are endless. The high in protein and fiber Quinoa Flour is one very versatile, gluten-free flour. It has a very slight sour flavor, especially after toasting, that adds a wonderful flavor to bread, tortillas, and English muffins.

“According to industry statistics, sales of gluten-free products will exceed fifteen billion dollars by 2016, twice the amount of five years earlier. PEREG is pleased to introduce an extended choice of gluten-free and ancient grain flour types, which offer health-conscious consumers more variety for delicious cooking and baking,” says Gill Schneider, PEREG Natural Foods president.

The PEREG Natural Foods Gluten-free Flours are available at select retailers throughout the US, Canada, and on www.pereg-gourmet.com.

Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker’s Man | Duncan Hines Launches New Flavors

We’re sure you are quite familiar with the name Duncan Hines, they have been helping us bake delicious cakes for various occasions for decades. We’ve personally baked and enjoyed numerous Duncan Hines flavors including Classic chocolate, Lemon Supreme, Pineapple Supreme, Red Velvet, etc. In fact the Duncan Hines Red Velvet is one of our favorites and we’ve been guilty of enjoying more than a slice or two in one sitting. This is why we were so excited to see their newest flavor additions – Signature Pink Velvet, Signature Blue Velvet, and Decadent Salted Caramel Brownies mixes.

Duncan Hines Signature Pink and Blue Velvets Cake Mix:

The new Duncan Hines® Signature Pink and Blue Velvets are part of the new velvets line and are must-haves for birthday celebrations and gender reveal parties. They are a great way to add color to any celebration and create deliciously magical moments you will always remember. The two new flavors, both of which feature a buttery vanilla flavor, are the first in the baking aisle to add variety to velvet cakes beyond the traditional red velvet. Some of our favorite recipes are featured above including the pretty Pink Velvet Cake Pops, Pink Velvet Whoopie Pies, Blue Velvet Napoleon, and Blue Velvet Mini Shortcakes (all shown in the above photos). The Duncan Hines® Signature Pink Velvet Cake and Duncan Hines® Signature Blue Velvet Cake Mixes are available at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $1.79.

Duncan Hines Decadent Salted Caramel Brownies:

The combination of salty and sweet has always been popular and the introduction of Salted Caramel has elevated that taste combination to amazing new heights. With their latest brownie mix, Duncan Hines is bringing the salted caramel trend to the baking aisle. The Duncan Hines® New Decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix was created to satisfy consumer demand for a new, exciting brownie choice. This Decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix gives you an easy way to go above and beyond traditional brownies with a decadent, on-trend flavor and easy to use salted caramel pouch. While you can make the traditional style brownie, why not go a bit more unique with your recipes and try the Salted Caramel S’more Brownie Bites and Salted Caramel Brownie Pretzel Lollipops (both pictured above). The Decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix is also available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $2.99.