Traditional Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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You’ve crunched through the leaves, picked out your Jack-O-Lanterns and turned on your heat for the first time in months. Those are all signs that it’s probably time to start your fall baking! Our traditional pumpkin pie recipe is creamy and spicy with a crust that’ll melt in your mouth. You can simplify the process with canned pumpkin, or you can take your baking to the next level and make your own puree (no judgement either way).

To make our traditional pumpkin pie you will need:
For the crust:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup ice water

For the pie filling you will need:
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup half and half

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For the crust:
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, either with a pastry cutter or two knives. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place crust in pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

For the filling:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup and spices together until well combined. Pour in the half and half and stir until incorporated. Pour filling into unbaked pie shell and baked for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool before slicing and serving.

Let’s Toast: Vegan Pumpkin Spice Creamer

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If you’re not part of the pumpkin spice craze yet, then gather ’round. This vegan coffee creamer recipe is sure to make you a follower. Unlike other commercial coffee creamers, this one is made with almond milk, maple syrup, real pumpkin (imagine that!) and variety of fall-friendly spices. Whip up a batch and keep it  in the fridge all winter long. You can even make your own pumpkin puree from scratch with our recipe here. Feel free to adjust the sweetness and spice levels to your own tastes, but this is the version we found to be the most flavorful.

2 cups unsweetened almond milk
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons maple syrup (the real stuff)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put all the ingredients in a pan over medium heat and whisk until incorporated. Let cool slightly and pour into a jar. Before adding to coffee give it a good shake!

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How To: Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

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Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, pumpkin scones… is your head spinning yet? Now that it’s October, it’s officially pumpkin season! If you have a list of seasonal recipes you’re just dying to dive into, why not try your hand at making your own pumpkin puree. The canned stuff is fine, but the flavor from freshly roasted and pureed pumpkin is out of this world. And it’s so easy to make. BONUS: We have a ton of local squash and pumpkins from Mendenhall Farm right here in Moscow.

Now, let’s be clear- not all pumpkins are created equal. While you can roast and puree any old pumpkin, you want to make sure that for cooking and baking you use sugar pumpkins. They’re smaller and have a sweeter and more flavorful flesh. To make your own pumpkin puree you will need:
2 pie pumpkins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice pumpkins in half and scoop out the seeds. Save them for later if you like roasted pumpkin seeds! Place pumpkins skin side down on a baking sheet and place in oven for about 45 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool. Scoop flesh out of skin and blend in a food processor until smooth. You can preserve pumpkin puree by processing a water bath or refrigerate for up 3 days or freeze for up to six months.

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Preserve the Season: Ginger Pear Preserves

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We have boxes of beautiful local pears in store right now, and if the thought of eating 14 pounds of pears seems a little daunting, here’s an idea to preserve the harvest. These Ginger Pear preserves are sweet and spicy and would make a beautiful gift for someone. The pears develop a delicious caramelized flavor that pear pair nicely with a sharp and salty blue cheese- lovely for fall.

To make the preserves you will need:

3 pounds pears, peeled, cored and sliced
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 candied ginger, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated

In a large pot place the pears, sugar, lemon juice and fresh ginger. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the candied ginger to the pot and stir to combine. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until the mixture is thick coats the back of a spoon, about 45 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath. Without being processed in a hot water bath the preserves will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days.

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Let’s Toast: Peach Mojitos

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The long, warm days of summer are fading fast, but before it’s too late try making these peach mojitos, or faux-jitos if that’s more your style. Since we have delicious, juicy peaches right now, making them with fresh peach puree is the way to go. But if it ends up being the middle of winter before you get around to making these, well, shame on you… just joking– you can make these with bottled peach nectar too! We got a little fancy and finely chopped some mint and mixed it with sugar to coat the rims of our jars. And while this step isn’t necessary, it ups the wow factor.

To make these mojitos you will need:

3 cups of peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 cup lime juice
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups white rum
4 cups club soda, chilled
1/2 cup packed mint leaves
lime wedges for garnish

Place peaches in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Press peach puree through a fine sieve into a bowl and discard solids. In a large pitcher, combine zest, lime juice, sugar, and mint. Muddle the  juice mixture with the back of a long wooden spoon. Add the peach puree and rum to the pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves. Mix in club soda. Serve over crushed ice. And garnish with lime wedges.

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Appy Hour: Nectarine Prosciutto Crostini

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Appy Hour is back! Summer is the perfect time for outdoor gatherings with friends and family. And since cooking in the heat (and lately humidity) is pretty far from our minds we came up with this simple, yet impressive recipe for a fancy appetizer. These crostini use toasted baguettes made from scratch daily in our own bakery and are topped with juicy local nectarines, local basil and goat’s milk ricotta cheese that’ll knock your socks off.
To make these delicious little bites you will need:
About 18 pieces of sliced and toasted baguette
1 container of Amaltheia Dairy goat’s milk ricotta chese
1 nectarine pitted and sliced
8-9 slices of prosciutto
5-6 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
Top bread slices with ricotta cheese. Tear prosciutto slices in have and place on top of the cheese. Place a nectarine slice on top of each and sprinkle with basil leaves.
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Let’s Toast: Blueberry Honey Lemonade

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Blueberries are becoming abundant. Our favorite place to get them besides the Saturday Farmers Market is from Dallas Sexton, one of our trusty local growers. Not only can you pick up a pint (or 10) from Dallas at our Tuesday Growers Market, you can also head out to his farm and pick them yourself. Then after you’re done sprinkling them into yogurt and granola and baking them into muffins and pies, make a delicious simple syrup with water and honey and add it to fresh squeezed lemonade. Be sure to pick up honey from Woodland Apiaries at the market too! For directions to Dallas’ farm and to learn more about harvesting opportunities click here.

To make the simple syrup you will need:
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cups of water
2 cups of fresh blueberries (frozen will work too)
In a medium sauce pan combine honey, water and blueberries and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Pour mixture through a fine sieve, pressing out as much juice as possible. Discard the solids and set mixture aside to cool.

To make the lemonade you will need:
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
5-6 cups cold water
1 batch of blueberry simple syrup
vodka (optional)
In a large pitcher combine lemon juice, water and syrup. Stir to combine. Serve over ice with a splash of vodka. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lemon slices.
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