Homemade pasta of any kind (especially ravioli) can be very intimidating to make. This recipe may sound complicated at first, but if you plan ahead and grab another pair of hands, homemade ravioli is well worth the hard work. Keep in mind that you can always freeze a good portion of these to easily pop into boiling water on those nights where standing in the kitchen is not on your TO DO list. Easy peasy.
If you haven’t made ravioli at home before, here are a few tips:
1. It takes a lot of love to make homemade pasta (i.e. patience, elbow grease, a glass of wine, maybe a great album)
2. You don’t need a pasta roller or a ravioli cutter to make ravioli (we used a rolling pin and one of our favorite Avery glasses to make these)
3. This is a project best made with a loved one. What better time to bond?
We stuffed our ravioli bites with a savory pumpkin filling because, well, we love pumpkin and it’s fall! What more can I say? Other than this pumpkin filling is to die for. I may or may not have licked my plate when I finished my portion. This is definitely a new favorite autumn recipe in our household!
If you’re looking for a shortcut and don’t feel like rolling out your own pasta dough, try using wonton wrappers instead. You definitely save on the hard labor. The only trade-off is there is less chew to your ‘pasta.’ But in a bind, I bet everyone will be too busy gobbling up your ravioli that nobody will notice the difference. Your secret is safe with me.
Place 2-1/2 cups flour in a large bowl; make a well in the center. Beat eggs and oil; pour into well. Stir together, forming a ball. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes, adding remaining flour if necessary to keep dough from sticking. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute pumpkin, shallot and garlic in butter until tender. Add the sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Transfer to a food processor; cover and process until blended. Return to the pan; stir in cream, cheese and bay leaf. Bring to a high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf.
Divide pasta dough into fourths; roll one portion as thin as you can (1/16-in. thickness). (Keep remaining dough covered until ready to use.) Cut circles of pasta by using a ravioli cutter or a small glass. Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of a pasta circle then brush around filling with beaten egg. Place another pasta circle over the filling and press down firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
Bring a stock pot of salted water to a boil. Add ravioli. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer; cook for 1-2 minutes or until ravioli float to the top and are tender. Drain and keep warm.
In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil; cook, uncovered, until reduced by half. Stir in butter and sage. Serve with ravioli.
If you wish to freeze any extra ravioli, lay completed ravioli in single lines on a floured cookie sheet and set in the freezer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, store the ravioli in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. When you are ready to cook these, pop them into salted boiling water just as you would if they were fresh. They are cooked when they float to the top of the water.
Baby it’s cold outside! Denver’s forecasted high is 2 degrees today. I am so thankful to Santa for bringing us a heated blanket. I know we (and our kitty) appreciate the warmth on these bitter cold nights.
The holidays are typically a time of reflection for me. I think about what I have accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) during these last 12 months and make new goals for the new year. I also remember to show my appreciation to my family and make sure they feel the same warmth and love they make me feel, especially during these cold days. I also love to share in memories with my friends and extended family here in Colorado. There is nothing like cozying up to loved ones and talking over a mug of something warm.
If you love a cup of spicy chai tea as much as I do, then you will love these cookies. They have just enough spice to make everything nice and the pumpkin flavor really comes through too. I hope you enjoy and have a splendid new year!
Preheat your oven to 350°. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla until creamy, then mix in dry ingredients until just combined.
Drop tablespoons of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake cookies for 15–16 minutes, or until they begin to have just a hint of golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and cool complete before frosting.
For the icing: Melt butter in a saucepan and add milk. Steep chai tea bags in the liquid for 5 minutes, then discard. Combine together with sugar, vanilla, and milk, and mix until a smooth icing forms. If the icing is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you have a smooth, velvety glaze.
I am so excited to share pumpkin recipes on this blog again! Pumpkin season is my absolute favorite. Pumpkin spice lattes… pumpkin cream swirl coffee… pumpkin coffee cakes… pumpkin ravioli… pumpkin everywhere!
You’ll have to excuse me if you’re like my boss and do not like pumpkin. More for us pumpkin lovers then!
If you’re here because you love pumpkin as much as I do, then let’s talk about pumpkin muffins.
Pumpkin muffins are arguably my second favorite pumpkin baked good after pumpkin pie. They are moist and fluffy and I can’t help but rip off those crunchy muffin tops (heehee!) and scarf those down before I can even blink. The batter scared me at first, a bit thicker than I thought it should be. But after I baked them I quickly realized that the batter was just right. These muffins are completely fluffy and flavorful. There really isn’t need for streusel or glaze, but heck, when in Rome right?
The streusel adds that extra bit of sugary crunch that we all love. Plus the glaze… well, frankly I’m happy I added the maple glaze. The maple compliments the pumpkin and spices extremely well. I never knew! I just might have to add syrup to my pumpkin pie from here on out. Okay maybe not… but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try it. 🙂
2 1/2 cups flour (I used a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Streusel:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
1-2 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 24 cupcake pans.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until combined, about two minutes. Add pumpkin and eggs, beating until blended. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt and slowly combine until thoroughly mixed (I did this by hand with a wooden spoon). Spoon batter into cupcake tins, dividing evenly (each about 2/3 full).
In a separate bowl, mix streusel ingredients together with a fork. Sprinkle over muffins evenly.
Bake for 17-18 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
For the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar, vanilla, maple syrup and milk together until desired consistency. Drizzle onto the muffins, allow to set for a couple of minutes and enjoy!
If freezing, do not add drizzle. Allow muffins to cool and store in an airtight freezer bag. When ready to eat, thaw and make drizzle fresh.
Do you know what that means? September means the air is crisper in the morning, school season starts and pumpkin season is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate pumpkin season than with pumpkin donuts? These drop donuts taste just like mini pumpkin pies. Yum!
Now, I don’t have a donut pan so I stick to drop donuts (who needs a donut pan to make great donuts at home anyway?) Okay, these aren’t gourmet looking by any means but they are rustic and absolutely delicious. Make sure you have some friends or family members around when you make these, otherwise you’ll eat them all by yourself. Which, your taste buds will love but your tummy might not.
The most important thing to keep in mind when making drop donuts is to make sure you drop small amounts of dough into your fryer oil. If you make the donuts too large, the inside will not be able to cook completely and the inside of your donuts will be doughy instead of fluffy.
In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all spice and cloves. Mix pumpkin, milk, oil, vanilla and egg in a separate bowl. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil 5-6 at a time. Fry 2-3 minutes, on each side, until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels. Mix sugar and cinnamon; roll warm donuts in mixture and serve.
I realize that Pumpkin season has passed, being January and all, but I had a leftover can of pumpkin in my pantry that stared me in the face every time I opened the cabinet and it had to go. This is the first recipe that came to mind (take THAT pumpkin!) Who says you can’t have pumpkin all times of the year anyway?
If you love pumpkin pie, you’ll love these pancakes too! It’s like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast (which, my family always did after the holidays but that’s a different story…) These are great served by themselves with warm maple syrup but they’d be great with toasted pecans, chocolate chips or spicy applesauce as well.
1/2 teaspoon (pumpkin pie spice|http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-pie-spice-ii/)
A heaping 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup 1% or almond milk
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl and whisk until smooth. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix until there are no more dry spots. Do not over-mix, lumps are okay! Add a bit more milk if your batter seems too thick. Thick batter will result in thick, dense pancakes (nobody likes eating hockey pucks for breakfast!) Add more flour if your batter is too thin.
Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat. While the griddle is heating, spray a light coating of cooking spray on the griddle and pour 1/4 cup or so of pancake batter, filling the griddle with circles of pancake batter. When the pancakes begin to bubble, take a pancake turner and check the bottoms of your pancakes. They are ready to flip when the bottom is golden brown and the pancakes has fluffed up. Flip the pancakes and cook for another couple of minutes, until the underside is golden brown. Remove the pancakes from the griddle and keep warm (either in a low-heated oven or cover with a warm kitchen towel). Repeat these steps with the remaining batter. Serve hot with maple syrup and/or spiced applesauce.
Pumpkin risotto is extremely creamy and dreamy. Serve this as an appetizer or as a side dish for your next autumn meal. Add some cooked diced sweet potato or squash along with the pumpkin to make this a heartier autumn recipe. So simple, so good.
Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to a low, keep warm.
Add oil to a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until sweated, about 2 minutes. Add rice and toast until you can see the white pearls in each piece of rice. Add the wine, simmer and stir until all liquid is absorbed.
Add a ladle of broth to the rice mixture. Reduce heat, simmer, and stir frequently until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth one ladle at a time. This takes about 20 minutes.
At about the 18 minute mark, add the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, sage and cranberries if you wish. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parmesan cheese and sunflower seeds. Serve and enjoy.