Pumpkins! What's more Autumnal than a pumpkin? Nothing, I tells ya. You can pie them, carve them into funny faces, and scrape them off the driveway after the neighbour kids smash them on Halloween night. Nothing smells more like fall than the odour of pumpkin guts wafting in the crisp morning air.
Let's stop waxing poetic about pumpkins and get down to the business of eating them. Before you head out apple picking or searching for the perfect jack-o'lantern gourd, you need a hearty breakfast. How about Pumpkin Oatmeal? I made this recipe up with some leftover pumpkin from another recipe.
2 cups of water
1/2 cup steel cut oats (not instant oats)
3 Tbsp pumpkin puree (from a can)
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
brown sugar (about 2 Tbsp)
Bring water to a boil. Whisk in oats, pumpkin puree and spice. Simmer for about half an hour or until it looks like oatmeal on low heat, stirring often. Stir in brown sugar to taste. Serve. To make it look fancy, sprinkle a few pumpkin seeds on top. (Makes about 2 bowls.)
If you prefer your breakfasts on the pastry side, try this Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll recipe from Good Life Eats. These are more work but are soooo good. I didn't use all the sugar filling in the rolls but saved the extra and use it to flavour my coffee. Mmm, fallish!
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