Pumpkin Spice Mayhem

October 12th, 2018

That feeling has returned. You know the one we’re talking about. That craving that crawls out from deep in your soul as the New York winds turn cold and the leaves in Central Park start to change their colors. It’s the monkey on your back that you just can’t shake, the addiction that you’ll never be free of: pumpkin spice. When it comes to this delicious festive fall treat, we are all addicts. And we’re not ashamed. We will never consume enough pumpkin spice as long as we live...but we will try. It turns out you can enjoy pumpkin spice in just about any form you can imagine, and we here at Stonehenge NYC are here to enable you. Next time that craving strikes, get your fix with one of these amazing pumpkin spice recipes. Pumpkin Spice: Look, we get it. You can probably buy a huge jar of pre-made pumpkin spice at Whole Foods. But making it yourself is more artisanal, and you can brag to your friends about it like you’re some kind of clever culinary mastermind. Here’s the secret recipe:
  • 1 part ground nutmeg
  • 1 part ground allspice
  • 2 parts ground ginger
  • 4 parts ground cinnamon
shutterstock_337321139 As long as the portions are accurate, you’ll have yourself the best darn batch of pumpkin spice that you ever tasted. It’s at least as good as the stuff you can get a Starbucks, and you made it yourself. The Latte: Speaking of Starbucks, we should really give the Seattle based institution some credit for popularizing the Pumpkin Spice Latte. For most of us, this was our first encounter with our drug of choice. The only problem with Starbucks is the other people who go there, and the lines that they form. Skip the line by making it yourself. Here’s how to rip-off the famous pumpkin spice latte. The key to a great latte lies in the espresso. If you’ve got a Nespresso machine or something similar, you can brew it as you need it. If not, make sure you prepare some beforehand. You don’t want your latte to get cold while you wait for your espresso to percolate. Stir three tablespoons of canned pumpkin into a saucepan alongside a cup of milk. Bring the heat up slowly and stir gently. Add a squirt of vanilla syrup and a quarter teaspoon of pumpkin spice into the mix. shutterstock_1158115249 Stir until you see steam begin to form and then move the mixture to your mug. Pour one or two shots of espresso on top. Top with whipped cream. Finally, sprinkle it with a dusting of your homemade pumpkin spice. Wow, it probably would have been quicker to just go to Starbucks. Still, you can’t beat the satisfaction of making it yourself. Pumpkin Spice Popcorn: So, the latte wasn’t enough? Of course it wasn’t enough. Here’s how to make pumpkin spice popcorn. First, microwave a bag of buttery popcorn. The butter is important because it helps the pumpkin spice stick. shutterstock_1123252958 Transfer the popcorn into a bowl along with two tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of pumpkin spice. Using a spoon (or your hands if you just don’t care) stir the mixture until the popcorn is evenly covered in sugar and spice. This ridiculous recipe is ridiculously delicious.   Pumpkin Spice Waffles: Does anyone really need to eat pumpkin spice waffles? Yes. You do. You really should have a waffle press for this. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have one. Just make ‘em pancakes. Start by mixing one and a half cups of flour, three teaspoons of baking powder and a half teaspoon of baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir it all together with a generous helping of your homemade pumpkin spice-- about three teaspoons of it should do the trick. shutterstock_342090239 Crack two eggs into a separate bowl alongside a quarter cup of brown sugar, four tablespoons of melted butter and one and ⅔ cups of milk. Now it’s time to add the pumpkin. A whole cup of canned pumpkin goes into the mix. Use an egg beater to mix it well before combining your two bowls of ingredients. Fold them together gently until the mixture has a nice even consistency. Now it’s time to cook these puppies. Every waffle iron is different, so make sure you follow the directions included with yours for best results. Congrats, you are now the proud new owner of some pumpkin spice waffles and/or pancakes. Now eat them. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal: Are pumpkin spice waffles too much work? We get it. Most of us aren’t super sharp early in the day, and cooking a giant batch of waffles is a huge load of work. Still, you want pumpkin spice to be a part of every day of your life. You’ve made a commitment. Here’s an easier recipe: Simply combine a half cup of oats, a cup of water, and two tablespoons of canned pumpkin in a stovetop cooking pan. Add pumpkin spice and brown sugar to taste. We recommend you use about a teaspoon of pumpkin spice and a tablespoon of sugar. shutterstock_251925148 This recipe works great with microwavable oatmeal as well. Just be sure to follow the directions on the oatmeal container. This stuff is delicious, and it gets even better if you add some chopped nuts or sliced apples into the mix. Pumpkin Spice Cookies: The only thing this blog post is missing is a dessert. Of course, pretty much anything pumpkin spice is a dessert, so this recipe is really just gravy. It’s also pretty simple. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F.  Everything in this recipe goes into one bowl, which is then stirred vigorously. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll need.
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 and ¼ cups of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
Once everything is in the bowl, stir in 6 tablespoons each of applesauce and canned pumpkin. You’ll also need to add the whites from two eggs. Stir it all up until you have a thick and sticky dough. You’re going to want to make sure your spatula, cookie tray, and even your hands are sprayed with a light layer of cooking oil. This will prevent everything from sticking together. Roll the dough into balls that are an inch wide and set them on the tray about two inches apart. Finally, spray a light dusting of cookie spray across the tops of the dough balls. shutterstock_498958579 These wonderful cookies only need about 9 minutes in the oven to be perfectly done. Clean up while they cool and enjoy. They’re perfect at a party, or as an afternoon snack.