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Pumpkin Earl Grey Tea Cakes

Pumpkin and Earl Grey go great together. Who knew?

I whipped these up on a day that I was feeling the need to make something elegant. They’re so perfect for the season: gently spiced, but with a comforting pumpkin kick. And perfectly complimentary to a steaming mug of tea. Thick socks, blanket, and a good book are all recommended.

Pumpkin Earl Grey Tea Cakes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • 2 earl grey tea bags
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp ground flax in 6 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Soak the ground flax in the water in a small bowl for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the almond milk with the pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla, and the emptied tea bags.
  3. Whisk together gently, and then add in the soaked flax, and then the remaining ingredients. Whisk gently until completely combined. Distribute evenly in a lightly greased but unlined muffin tin (the tins shouldn’t be filled to the brim, but halfway or less).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cake comes out clean.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (8 Varieties)

So we have good news and bad news.

The bad news is, our street’s power lines are so badly damaged that we will probably be another few days without power.

The good news is, now that others are beginning to get their power back, many hotel rooms have opened up and we are now in warmth with internet access. YAY.

At home, one of the upsides of this power loss situation is that the stove still works. Thus, once I carved our pumpkins on Sunday, I immediately got to roasting the seeds. And when you’re bored and the spice cabinet is at your disposal, your mind wanders to a million flavors. The amount of seeds I had on hand limited me to 8. Sweet and savory, these are all great as both snacks and little appetizers. I’m sure they would make adorable gifts as well!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

To start all: Spritz a skillet generously with cooking spray and heat it over medium heat. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds in an even layer, and toast each side until slightly browned (you may even want to test to see if they are crunchy).

  1. Pumpkin Spice: Add a large scoop (about 2 tbsp) of canned pumpkin. Stir/ scrape with a spatula constantly to keep from burning. The pumpkin should reduce/caramelize slightly. Add 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice and a pinch of salt and stir until seeds are completely coated. Remove. 
  2. Salted Caramel: Reduce heat to low. Add 2 tbsp brown sugar and stir very quickly (it will burn fast!). Add a sprinkle of salt and remove from heat once the seeds are coated with a praline (hardened) like coating. 
  3. Maple Brown Sugar: Reduce heat to low. Add 1/4 cup maple syrup, and then 2 tbsp brown sugar. The maple syrup will simmer pretty furiously; keep stirring until it reduces. Remove once the sugar starts crystallizing on the seeds (if you wait too long, it will caramelize and/or burn). Note: the seeds might still seem gooey but once removed the sugar hardens/crystallizes. 
  4. Curry: Spritz with more cooking spray and add 2 tbsp curry, a pinch of paprika, salt and pepper. Stir until coated and remove. 
  5. Soy Ginger: Add a few tbsp soy sauce and quickly sprinkle 1 tbsp ginger powder (soy sauce reduces very quickly). Stir and remove. 
  6. Tomato Basil: Add 1/4 cup of tomato juice or sauce and stir as it reduces. Add 1 tbsp dried basil and a bit of salt and pepper and stir until reduced to a coating. Remove.
  7. Chipotle Barbecue: Add a few tbsp Worcestershire sauce and quickly sprinkle 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder (sauce reduces very quickly). Stir and remove. 
  8. Garlic Rosemary: Spritz with more cooking spray. Add 1 clove of minced garlic and stir. Add 1 tbsp dried rosemary, a bit of salt and pepper and stir until coated. Remove. 

They were all really good, but the consensus in my family was that the Pumpkin Spice, Maple Brown Sugar, and Garlic Rosemary ones were the top 3. I also really loved the chipotle barbecue, but they definitely have a kick!

Happy roasting!

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