25 Autumn-licious recipes to use pumpkin

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25 Autumn-licious recipes to use pumpkin
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Everyone’s favourite autumn squash isn’t just for carving anymore. An everyday diet staple around the world from Italy to India, the versatile winter squash can be eaten every meal of the day and in everything from savoury curries to sweet drinks. We've racked our brains to find 25 ways to get your gourd on.

Pumpkin Chai Spice Smoothie

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Start your day with a autumn twist by making this favourite breakfast drink of locavore chef Louisa Shafia -- a sweet pumpkin smoothie with chai spices like cinnamon and cardamom.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Pumpkin spiced French toast

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The perfect treat on a lazy Sunday morning. This pumpkin spiced delight of eggy bread (as some of us call it) will have you holding back on the syrup but always wanting seconds.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Pancakes

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There’s something about orange spiced pancakes that puts us in the autumn mood even more than falling leaves.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Latte

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Move over, Starbucks -- make your own “Pumpkin Spice Latte” by adding canned pumpkin (or pumpkin syrup), pumpkin pie spice and a bit of vanilla and sugar to your morning cuppa. Whipped cream optional (but highly recommended).

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Doughnuts

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Pumpkin puree and warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves make homemade spice doughnuts even more special.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Salad

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Chunks of roasted pumpkin (seasoned with salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil) add a special something to any dinner salad -- especially when showered with roasted seeds.

Related: 23 Incredibly healthy salads

Pumpkin spiced crumble cakes

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These ARE as good as they look. Believe us when we say you will not make one batch of these pumpkin crumble cakes.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Bread

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Nothing says autumn more than fresh-out-of-the-oven pumpkin bread. We like it topped with cream cheese or marscapone, but you could go the distance and top it with our next favorite pumpkin treat ...

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Pumpkin nut butter

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If you're an apple butter aficionado, it’s easy to make this pretty, amber-hued jam -- great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Soup

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Dress up this classic autumn favourite and impress dinner guests by serving it in a hollowed-out pumpkin shell.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Pumpkin spiced hot white chocolate

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A spin on the classic hot chocolate and you will love this spiced hot white chocolate with pumpkin.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Curry

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Spice up your dinner with this savoury take on curry with pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Double your pleasure by serving it with a traditional garnish like our next favourite.

Related: How to cook amazing curries

Chutney

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A traditional tangy compliment to spicy curries, this savoury jam will keep in the fridge for up to two months and can also be served with bread and cheese as an appetiser.

Related: Get the recipe here

Mac and cheese

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Add vitamins and a burst of colour to classic mac and cheese by adding pureed pumpkin to the mix.

Related: Get the recipe here

Mashed

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Use the same technique you use on potatoes to make a quick, healthy and colourful side dish.

Related: Get the recipe for mash here

Ravioli

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Pumpkin has long been an Italian pasta filling. For a fun weekend project, break out the pasta maker and make homemade ravioli.

Related: Get the recipe here

Risotto

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All it takes is some careful stirring to make an easy, elegant pumpkin risotto.

Related: Get the recipe here

Pizza

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Make an autumnal pizza pie by adding roasted pumpkin along with other harvest veggies.

Related: Pizza toppings you've never heard of but need to try

Ice Cream

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Add pumpkin puree and the usual spices to ice cream base for a creamy autumn treat.

Related: Get the recipe here

Whoopie pie

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Capitalise on the latest trend to hit the baking world by whipping up a few pumpkin-spiced whoopie pies.

Related: Get the recipe here

Cheesecake

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A slight hint of pumpkin and spice will make your cheesecake anything but ordinary.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Fudge truffles with coconut butter

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Though chocolate is the most popular fudge flavour, it's certainly not the only one -- pumpkin adds a nutty flavour and subtle orange hue.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Pumpkin breakfast shake

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A favourite in the world of Harry Potter, pumpkin juice is sweet, earthy and easy to make if you have access to a juicer.

Related: Get the complete recipe here

Biscuits

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Pumpkin spice biscuits drizzled with a sweet glaze are a great addition.

Related: 14 Delicious British comfort foods and how to make them

Cake

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Pretty and perfect for entertaining, cake rolls with buttercream frosting are easier than they look.

Related: How to bake the perfect puddings

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