Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

This is round two of the pumpkin madness that ensued in my kitchen last weekend and probably my favorite of all the treats that were baked.

Anything with streusel on top is going to be great- because streusel on its own its amazing. I made so much extra streusel while making this, I was forced to make another baked good to top with all of it.

These muffins make a great breakfast, snack, or even dessert - and if you are not a fan of pumpkin, you can leave it out and have a really good spiced streusel muffin as well!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

This is by far my favorite time of year. I love the cold weather, the holidays, the seasonal foods/desserts and spending time with my favorite people. I think pumpkin is the quintessential flavor for the holiday season. Its so versatile, with sweet and savory applications, like making a great soup or my case ice cream, scones, muffins, macarons, & bars. Right now I'll just be focusing on the ice cream, but I never thought one 30 oz can of pumpkin puree could really stretch out its pumpkin-y goodness to so many delicious treats.
If you are fortunate enough to own an ice cream maker, tasting that first freshly made pint in like nothing else and you'll wonder why you ever ate the store bought stuff [although, there are some really great artisanal brands].
Pumpkin pie is such a staple for thanksgiving, and don't get me wrong it is good but can get a little boring. This ice cream tastes like the best pumpkin pie ever but cool and refreshing as well. If you must have pie on thanksgiving, you can always pair this a la mode with a different flavored pie.