There's more to pumpkin than carving spooky faces and toasting the seeds. Wonderful cakes, bakes and brunches await you...
So often cast aside once Halloween is over, pumpkin might seem like an unwieldy beast but it's well worth the effort of delving into. Sweet or savoury, roasted or mashed, it's a hugely versatile vegetable with some surprising health benefits too. Try these pumped up pumpkin recipes, and you won't be scared to cook with pumpkin ever again.
We all know pumpkin makes a delicious pie, but what other bakes can you create? This pumpkin and caramel cake makes an impressive party centrepiece and has a delicately spiced sponge. Mix in a spoonful of dulce de leche and sprinkle on pecans and your layered lovely is complete!
Snacks & treats
To fend off the munchies on cold winter evenings, why not have a go at our pumpkin pie s'mores? Pumpkin purée is an easy cooking hack that makes these treats a breeze to assemble. Warming ginger, squidgy marshmallow and oozing, cinnamon-spiced pumpkin. What more could you ask for?
Lasagne, spaghetti, ravioli, you name it, we've tried it. You won't miss the meat in our roast pumpkin & spinach lasagne thanks to the chunky roasted pumpkin and rich, earthy flavours. This is serious comfort food the whole family can enjoy.
Breakfast & brunch
Pumpkin before lunch? Surely not! These pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch are a fabulously indulgent brunch treat. Fat, fluffy pancakes drizzled with a rich nutty sauce are the only way to start off your weekend.
A simple way to feed a crowd, this baked pumpkin fondue is a bubbling bonfire night treat. A cheesy fondue always goes down well on cold evenings, even better when guests can help themselves to chunks of roasted pumpkin with melted cheese.
Spiced & stewed
Curry is guaranteed to warm you up as the nights draw in, and this pumpkin curry with chickpeas is the perfect vegan main or tasty side for a meat curry. Dairy-free, vegan and low calorie, it's a lighter option that'll fill you up but also leave you wanting more.
Chutney & pickle
Capture the taste of the season with our spicy squash & apple chutney. The sweet flesh of the pumpkin, mixed with an irresistible hint of spice, apple and vinegar makes a delicious pot of blended flavours.
Our delicate pumpkin strudel is a cross between pumpkin pie and filo pastry apple strudel. It has a subtle sweetness that works well with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of custard. If you're looking for a winter dessert with a difference, this is it.
If you're looking for a seasonal squash salad, there's a wealth of recipes that'll boost your veggie intake. This roasted squash salad with creamy homemade labneh has a sweet and tart balance. It makes a stunning starter or delicate side salad.
Check out these light squash salads:
Squash, feta & bulghar salad
Warm squash & rocket salad with garlic vinaigrette
For elegant lunchtime entertaining or a well deserved treat for yourself, try Diana Henry's pumpkin, fennel & Taleggio galette with buttery puff pastry and a creamy, rich Italian cheese.
What's your favourite pumpkin recipe? Let us know in the comments below...