Food Round-up: Pumpkin

We’re into October and that means that Autumn is well and truly here. Time for comfort food and conkers, fireworks and turning leaves, winter woolies and cosy slippers and of course Halloween and Pumpkins. Halloween is undoubtedly a complete godsend when it comes to getting crafty with food and drinks. I think it might be better even that Christmas in providing opportunities for creatively themed food. However as well as witches, ghosts and skeletons I’m also a complete sucker for Pumpkins. This year I’m very much looking forward to my first ever visit to a Pumpkin Patch at Arnprior Farm. It’s in Scotland and has a Kale Maze too! So with that in mind, this month’s food round up plays homage to the Pumpkin King.

Lets start with Soup. Elizabeth says that her roasted pumpkin soup with fried sage and white truffle oil will add an air of sophistication to your family dining, but it’s a really easy recipe to make. Rachel at the Parenting Pod shares her recipe for Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup which is simple but delicious and will make you fall for orange whilst Lost in Food have created a Spiced Pumpkin Soup perfect for those cold wintery days. 

Pumpkin Montage

For autumnal comfort food you’d be hard pushed to get better than Hedgecombers simple Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Butterbean Stew which takes all the effort out of a healthy mid week meal. My own vegetarian Squash and Goats Cheese Tart really comes into its own at this time of year. It can be made year round with butternut squash if you can’t get hold of a Pumpkin. Nathalie at The Intolerant Gourmet has made a beautiful vibrant recipe with roasted pumpkin.  A perfect, simple dish with a twist her Pumpkin Risotto is baked, so there’s no stirring for hours. Meanwhile Bintu at Recipes from a Pantry suggests that Autumn is perfect for treating yourself to her Bacon Pumpkin Bread. I reckon it would be pretty awesome topped with Diana from Little Sunny Kitchen’s Pumpkin Hummus. 

Time for the sweet treats (no tricks allowed!) Veggie Desserts has used pureed pumpkin in these baked pumpkin dougnuts with chocolate glaze. They’re fluffy, cakey and lightly spiced. Grab yourself a Pumpkin latte as there’s lots more to come. Deliciously moist pumpkin cake bars with smooth cream cheese frosting from Curly’s Cooking, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip scones from Baking Queen and the ultimate gooey treat, Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies from The Baking Explorer.  All of these surely must be healthy as they contain a vegetable – yes?! Another one from me was inspired by our trip to Orlando this time last year and a visit to the Wizarding World. Yup its Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties.

Until a couple of years ago I’d never even heard of pumpkin spice, but Supergolden Bakes has used it to great effect in her showstopping Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Toffee Sauce. DROOL! Have we saved the best till last? No Pumpkin roundup would be complete without a Pumpkin Pie. Charlotte has shared her recipe which she describes as the taste of autumn with crisp shortcrust pastry and a soft, creamy spiced pumpkin filling. 

I do hope you get the chance to be creative in the kitchen with pumpkin this October. Sadly there is a scary amount of Pumpkin waste at this time of year. We need to realise that pumpkins are a valuable source of food and not just for decoration. Hopefully this months roundup has inspired you to do just that. 


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About Claire Jessiman

Claire Jessiman is a Scottish Freelance Foodie based in Aberdeen who has been blogging her Edible Scottish Adventures as Foodie Quine since 2012.
A mum of two and wife of one, she is passionate about cooking from scratch, seasonality, food education and family-friendly recipes. She’s always keen to seek out local food specialities, markets and experiences whilst travelling in the UK and abroad and is eager to champion local Farmers, Suppliers and Producers.
Addicted to social media, Claire is also partial to Cheese, Gin, Peanut Butter, Tea and Rhubarb and is permanently looking for the recipe that can successfully combine them all.


  1. 12 October 2017 / 14:09

    Oh gawd, I love pumpkin season! So many great recipes here to try out, thanks for sharing!

  2. 17 October 2017 / 14:41

    What a great array of pumpkin recipes. Now where to start?