Beyond Pie: 5 Desserts You Can Make With Summer Tropical Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a summer delight flaunting deep yellow to orange-coloured skin with smooth texture and ribs. You can also find white, green, and hues of the vegetable. However, in India, light yellow is the most prominent colour in the farmer’s market. The vegetable is often used to cook savoury dishes, but if you explore the baking world, it can be used to make sugary delights.

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A pie is among the most popular choices for which seasoned bakers and home chefs use a pumpkin. However, if you are a little creative, you can use the versatile ingredient to bake lip-smacking sweet dishes. Here are a few recommendations to try out.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you tried making cookies using a vegetable? Pumpkin is the right choice if you are a beginner in the world of bakery. Combine pumpkin puree, flour, butter, chocolate chips, baking soda, eggs, and cinnamon. Once you are happy with the consistency of the dough, arrange it randomly on a baking tray lined with paper. Bake the cookies for about 15-20 minutes, allow them to rest, and enjoy with milk, tea, or milkshakes. 

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin can be used to bake a cake boasting natural sweet notes. Not only does it look delicious but it also tastes amazing. If you want to take your baking skills up a notch, you can try baking pumpkin cheesecake for which you will need pumpkin puree, cream cheese, sugar, crackers, nutmeg, cinnamon, and eggs. Decorate the cake with cream cheese frosting and enjoy.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

When you visit any ice cream parlour, fruity frozen desserts are the most popular choices. While popular brands want to sell popular flavours on demand, you can make a batch of pumpkin ice cream at home. On days when the temperature outside is making you anxious, you combine pumpkin puree, heavy cream, nutmeg, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar to make pumpkin ice cream. Top it with a pinch of cinnamon powder and refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

If you are looking for a comforting dessert, your search will end with devouring pumpkin bread pudding. It requires a minimum number of ingredients - pumpkin puree, a day-old loaf of bread, vanilla extract, eggs, sugar, milk, and cinnamon. Combine the ingredients into a concoction with a custard-like consistency and bake until golden brown. Serve the slices topped with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Pumpkin Roll Cake

A roll cake is a lightweight spongy dessert with a creamy filling. The cream cheese filling complements the spiced mixture of the cake, making it your go-to sweet dish late in the afternoon or at night. You will need cream cheese, cinnamon, pumpkin puree, eggs, powdered sugar, and flour. It can also be served as a snack when at a high-tea gathering. Instead of cream cheese, you can experiment with fillings and add fruity chutney or sauce for a burst of flavour.