As many of you may already know, pumpkin spice is back in season. A lot of people love pumpkin spice and look forward to this time of year. Not only does Starbucks have pumpkin spice drinks, but Dunkin Donuts does too. And if that isn’t enough pumpkin spice, there are now snacks being sold in stores as well.
On Starbucks’s menu, they have a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino; and they always have the pumpkin bread, which may not have the spice but is still my favorite. Dunkin Donuts has a Pumpkin Latte and a Pumpkin Iced Coffee.
I’ve tried the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino at Starbucks and it was quite tasty. I have yet to go to Dunkin Donuts for a taste test.
There are many other places that sell pumpkin spice products. For instance, Krispy Kreme has pumpkin spice latte donuts, there are pumpkin spice Frosted Mini Wheats, Red Robin has a spiced pumpkin pie milkshake, even Peeps has a pumpkin spice flavor, and there are many other items of this scrumptious flavor. This time of year, the Scranton Commons, here on BU’s campus, sometimes has pumpkin blondes (blondes are pretty much vanilla brownies), pumpkin ice cream, and sometimes even pumpkin pie.
There are also a bunch of pumpkin spice things you could make for yourself, in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a couple you might want to try, courtesy of Food.com:
Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Nut Loaf Bread
INGREDIENTS (Servings 12 Units US)
* 2 cups all-purpose flour * 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice * 2 teaspoons baking powder * 1 teaspoon salt * 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda * 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree * 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar * 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar * 1⁄2 cup fat-free evaporated milk * 1 large egg white
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil * 1⁄4 cup chopped nuts
1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F Grease 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
2. Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and baking soda in medium bowl. Blend pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, egg, egg white and oil in large mixer bowl. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened. Pour into prepared loaf pan; sprinkle with nuts.
3. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from wire rack to cool completely.
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
INGREDIENTS (Servings 12 Units US)
* 1⁄4 cup margarine, softened * 1⁄2 cup sugar * 1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar * 2⁄3 cup cooked pumpkin or 2⁄3 cup canned pumpkin * 1⁄2 cup buttermilk * 2 eggs * 2 tablespoons molasses * 1 teaspoon orange zest * 2 cups all-purpose flour * 2 teaspoons baking powder * 1 teaspoon baking soda * 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice * 1⁄4 teaspoon salt * Streusel topping: * 1⁄3 cup flour * 3 tablespoons brown sugar * 2 tablespoons cold margarine
1. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and the sugars.
2. Add the next 5 ingredients; stir to mix well.
3. Mix together the dry ingredients; gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and stir just until combined.
4. Fill greased or paper line muffin cups two-thirds full with batter.
5. For streusel topping: mix together the flour and brown sugar; cut in the margarine with a pastry blender until resembles coarse meal.
6. Sprinkle evenly over each cupcake batter.
7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tests done.
8. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.
(Both recipes from Food.com)
Pumpkin spice is obviously a popular flavor; so many people are truly in love with it. Personally, I wish places had it all year round, who’s with me? How do you feel about the pumpkin spice craze? Let us know in the comments below.