Pumpkin Pepitas – Capturing Fall Flavors

Capturing the Flavor of Fall 
As soon as summer ends, it seems like the air is instantly filled with smell of pumpkin pie. It’s warm and inviting; it feels like home. Being at home and back in the kitchen after summer vacation is a good thing! Especially when Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend is in your pantry. It’s a tasty little blend that, yes – works for pumpkin pies, cakes, and cookies – but is also a great seasoning base for a lot of other cooking and baking applications.pumpkin-pepitas-and-crackers-web

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend is a unique blend of warm spices. These are hard spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and star anise, which by nature come from barks, berries, seeds and pods. It’s no wonder we love them in the fall!

pumpking-pie-spice-blendAll hard spices have one commonality— they are warm on the palate and usually grounded in a bitter taste with a recognizable aromatic note. Typically, these hard spices are paired with something sweet, or something with heat, to balance their flavor.

That’s what we’ve done here today in this Pumpkin Pepitas and Crackers recipe. We’ve combined the sweetness of our Maple Syrup Granules with the heat of our new fiery Harrisa Seasoning, then layered our famous Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend over it to give you an irresistible new approach to the flavor we think of as “fall.”

Tips for Shopping
• This recipe calls for pepitas, or pumpkin seeds. You can usually find them in your grocer’s bulk foods section along with other nuts and seeds. Buy them roasted and salted, or not. The salt will not affect the outcome of this particular recipe.
• Choose a cracker that isn’t buttery or well-seasoned. This will ensure that your egg and Soy Sauce Powder wash really stands out on the cracker. Baking the crackers with the wash creates a delicious base for those sweet and spicy pepitas to jump off from. Not to mention, it helps keep the heat of the Harissa Seasoning in check.

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Other Unique Uses

If you enjoy the flavor the pumpkin seeds atop a cracker, don’t feel you’re limited by this recipe! They make a great snack or topping to your breakfast oatmeal. You can also use them atop salads or as a nice garnish to grilled vegetables, chicken or fish.

Once you’ve seasoned your pepitas, simply turn them out onto a baking tray and bake in a 325° F oven until dry. Stir every 10 minutes or so to keep from clumping together. Remove from the oven and cool. Then, store for use in recipes throughout the fall season!

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by Chef Donna Marie Desfor

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