When most people think about fall they think about jeans, sweaters, boots, Halloween, leaves changing color, and cooler temperatures. While I also think of these aspects of fall, the first thing that pops into my mind are pumpkins. Basically, I spend my fall attempting to prove my theory that one can live solely on pumpkin recipes.

During the fall, I am constantly looking for anything with pumpkin in it and if I can’t find it I’ll make it. One of my favorite childhood memories is baking anything with pumpkin in it with my grandmother. She is what I like to call the pumpkin queen. Here are three fabulous pumpkin recipes that she passed down to me that should be a staple in everyone’s fall diet.

1. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • Prep Time:2 hrs
  • Cook Time:45 mins
  • Total Time:2 hrs 45 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 3 cinnamon sticks crushed
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger chopped
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 loaf bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F and butter a 9x13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and gather ingredients.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine milk and cream. Add cinnamon sticks, ginger, vanilla bean, and cloves.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 3

Cook over moderate heat until the spiced milk is steaming. Be sure to not let it boil. Remove from heat, cover it, and wait about 30 minutes.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 4

Cut bread into cubes. Put them in the 9x13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Put the dish in the oven and toast the bread for about 8-10 minutes.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 5

Rewarm the spiced milk until steaming and then strain it into a medium size bowl.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 6

In another medium-sized bowl, combine eggs, egg yolks, pumpkin puree, and salt. Blend together until smooth. Blend in ½ cup sugar, then slowly blend in the hot spiced milk.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 7

Pour the pumpkin mixture evenly over the bread squares. Cover it with plastic, letting the pumpkin soak into the brioche for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove plastic. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle in over the bread pudding.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 8

Bake bread pudding for 45 minutes until puffed and set.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 9

Serve warm and with a scoop of ice cream.
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Olivia Pivirotto

2. Pumpkin Bread

  • Prep Time:25 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr
  • Total Time:1 hr 25 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two small loafs pans and line the pans with waxed paper. Gather all ingredients.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 2

Sift sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and flour into a large bowl.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 3

Add the oil, eggs, pumpkin, and water to the dry ingredients. Mix with a mixer on medium speed until well blended.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 4

Bake at 350°F for 1-½ hours.
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Olivia Pivirotto

3. Pumpkin Milkshake

  • Prep Time:6 mins
  • Cook Time:4 mins
  • Total Time:10 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 piece pumpkin pie
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 1

Place pumpkin pie, vanilla ice cream, skim milk, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon into the blender and blend all ingredients together.
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Olivia Pivirotto

Step 2

Pour milkshake into a glass. Top it with whipped cream, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick.
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Olivia Pivirotto