Fall means lots of comforting foods containing seasonal ingredients like sweet potatoes and pumpkin. While pumpkin pie is a staple of lots of holiday feasts, we wanted to see how you can get your pumpkin-fix in other ways. Here are our Five Fave pumpkin treats in the Triangle this season.
Cupcakes - Cupcakes seem to be the most obvious place to use pumpkin. And you can get some great fall flavors from some food trucks. Sweet Traditions by LeAne is offering a pumpkin spice cupcake with maple cream cheese icing and a mocha pumpkin cupcake. For an extra kick, try Sweet Stacey Cakes' pumpkin or sweet potato cupcakes made with Fullsteam's Carver sweet potato brew.
Beer - Speaking of beer, some great North Carolina made pumpkin ales to try out. Foothills Cottonwood Pumpkin Spice Ale, Big Boss's Harvest Time and White Rabbit's Pumpkin Ale are all ones to definitely try out.
Pumpkin Waffles and Pumpkin butter biscuits at Jubala (Raleigh) - This coffee shop located in north Raleigh's Lafayette Village has a great selection of coffee, waffles, biscuits and sandwiches. We love their seasonal selections like the sweet pumpkin butter biscuits cooked to perfection!
Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Mini Donuts at Sola (Raleigh) - We already loved their coffee and those mini donuts - YUM! So adding the pumpkin in just means we will need to hit the gym for another couple hours a week. So worth it for those warm little sugary bites of heaven.
Pumpkin cheesecake square from Annalore’s German Bakery (State Farmers Market)- Tell yourself this is mostly vegetable (or is the pumpkin a fruit?). No matter. This treat from the German bakery under the tent at the State Farmers Market is out-of-this world in subtle sweetness. A graham cracker crust is topped with whirled pumpkin puree and creamy cheese. The crowning glory is a mix of oats and crushed pecans. Healthy, right? The combination is not too sweet or rich, allowing you to indulge with less guilt.
Where are your favorite seasonal treats in the Triangle?