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Choose a Dessert with Pumpkin for the Fall Season

2021-10-22   ◆   2 minutes read

Now that the fall season is officially here, let us suggest you try a dessert with pumpkin. During the season, the months of September to November, we can explore the delicious flavour of pumpkin. And yes, as you’ve guessed, the most popular autumn dish is a pumpkin pie. But we’re not here to rave about this iconic dessert. If you are interested, take a look at our Canadian Thanksgiving Desserts post. This time around, we’re going to introduce you to new desserts with pumpkin: pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin doughnut and pumpkin cake.

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Drunken pumpkin ice cream from Made by Marcus

To start things off, we can never go wrong with pumpkin ice cream. Ice cream is a staple dessert all year-long, regardless of the weather. As autumn approaches, it is no surprise that ice cream shops are introducing pumpkin ice cream flavours in their seasonal menu. At almost every frozen dessert shop, we can find the famous pumpkin spice ice cream. Nowadays, owners are taking a step forward and adding different twists to this dessert. At Ca Lem Creamery in Montréal, they offer pumpkin ice cream with salted caramel. If you’re looking for a mature and bold palette, check out Made by Marcus in Calgary and Edmonton. Their pumpkin pie soft serve is topped with fried sage, whisky caramel and an amoretti cookie (Note: This special menu is only available at their 17th Ave location). For more traditional pumpkin flavours, check out Ed’s Real Scoop, Earnest Ice Cream and COWS Inc. located in 14 locations across Canada, including across PEI, Nova Scotia and in Banff, Whistler, Quebec city and Niagara-on-the-Lake.  

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Pumpkin cheesecake bismark from Lucky’s Dessert

Moving to the next dessert with pumpkin, pumpkin doughnuts. Recently, this sweet has become a new fall favourite. There is nothing more delicious than a deep-fried snack after a day at the pumpkin patch. If you’re curious to read more about the history of doughnuts, check out our Doughnut Origins: A Review Over the Years post. Just like ice cream, doughnuts come in different shapes and flavours. To celebrate the fall season, bakery shops are including pumpkin doughnuts in their autumn menu. In Vancouver, you can find a pumpkin cheesecake bismarck doughnut at Lucky’s Dessert. The sweet and earthy pumpkin pie filling will surely satisfy your cravings. Based in Ottawa, Maverick’s Donut Company serves a pumpkin spice doughnut made with vanilla cake topped with a cinnamon glaze. Pair it with a cup of coffee and you’re good to go! Can’t get enough? Check out other places like Fortune Doughnut, Leche Desserts and The Donut Mill located in Halifax, Montréal and Alberta respectively. 

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Pumpkin spice cake from Rustique Pie Kitchen

Finally, let’s check pumpkin cakes. Cakes are a staple dessert at every household and at every occasion. Now that the fall season is upon us, it only makes sense that bakeries conjure up new recipes involving pumpkins. If you’re a fan of cakes, check out our Semolina Cakes: Overlooked Counterpart to Flour, Delicious Ingredient post and Royal Wedding Cakes: A Trip around the World blog. Now, back to desserts with pumpkin, local bakeries are re-inventing pumpkin cakes. More and more, we find new twists and flavour combinations. Breka Bakery & Cafe and The Rolling Pin are introducing pumpkin cheesecakes for their fall lineup. For their Thanksgiving collection, Rustique Pie Kitchen created a cake made with various fall spices and topped with their famous cream cheese frosting, toasted pumpkin seeds and cinnamon. Make sure to order 2 days in advance to have a taste of this limited edition cake! For more options, check out Edmonton-based Sugar and Spiced, and The Preserve Company located in PEI. 

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Pumpkin cheesecake from Breka Bakery & Cafe

Before the fall season ends, make sure to pick a dessert with pumpkin and indulge. These sweet and savoury treats are perfectly paired with the increasing cold temperature. If you’re in the mood for something a little spicy, enjoy it with a pumpkin spice latte. There are definitely more variations of pumpkin desserts that you should try. Don’t be afraid to take a look at your local bakery for other options. Happy pumpkin eating!

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