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Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice

by Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan | Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:00 am

What comes to mind when you think of a typical Halloween, Thanksgiving and fall type of food?

Had a pumpkin spice latte recently? How about a chocolate chip pumpkin cookie? If your answer is pumpkin you are in the majority. Pumpkin pie is a very traditional fall dessert and in recent years pumpkin in general has become prominent during this time of year in many food and drinks.

But first a little bit of history on this well loved fruit. It is believed that pumpkins originated in North America and seeds of similar plants have been discovered in Mexico dating back to 7000 to 5500 B.C. The word pumpkin comes from the Greek language and it means large melon. Pumpkins belongs to the gourd family and include cantaloupe, watermelons, zucchini and honeydew melons.

Pumpkins were first used as a side dish in the 1670s with a recipe which called for diced pumpkins served with butter and spices. By the 1800s sweetened pumpkin dishes for the holidays were common. Pumpkins have a highly nutritional value, filled with vitamin A, fiber, niacin, and the antioxidant lutein.

If you live in Coronado and feel like having pumpkin-inspired drinks and desserts, there are a number of eateries that can satisfy you.

Café Madrid offers the most pumpkin inspired drinks with Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte and White Chocolate Pumpkin Mocha. If on the way you feel like eating a muffin, The Henry offers pumpkin muffins, as well as a gluten free choice. Pumpkin Latte and Pumpkin Spice Chai are also available.

Across the street at Café 1134, employee Joe Nolan said the pumpkin craze starts in early October when customers start asking for pumpkin flavored foods and drinks. The café offers regular pumpkin muffins and a gluten free choice made by Coronado-based business Gluten Free Pantry.

If you just feel like a slice of traditional Pumpkin Pie head over to Clayton’s Coffee Shop or try a Pumpkin Chai muffin. Clayton’s really puts you in the mood for fall. The diner is filled with orange bows, jars with orange roses and small pumpkins at every table.

Villa Nueva Bakery Café sells their typical, very large pumpkin muffins and a pumpkin loaf already wrapped ready to be purchased and taken home. Pumpkin lattes are also available at the café.

In the mood for more than just pastry? Tartine has anything you can possibly want. First, the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Tartine is made with real pumpkin, cream and spices and prepared by the baker. Under the glass domes you can find Spiced Pumpkin teacakes wrapped in orange paper or opt for a slice of Pumpkin Loaf. Pumpkin Teacakes are very popular through Thanksgiving, said Owner/Head Pastry Chef Barbara Massey, and some customers head to the eatery everyday to buy them.

If you want to have pumpkin inspired cake this is the place. There is a Pumpkin Chocolate Truffle Cake, a brand new creation by Massey. Tartine usually carries a truffle cake made with champagne or espresso but recently Massey created one with pumpkin which has a creamy texture and is a variation to the classic. This cake is one of the featured ones for Thanksgiving and can be ordered for the upcoming holiday. “This cake is flowerless and great for those with gluten allergy and it’s a nice alternative to apple or pecan and for those who want rich chocolate,” she said. Her idea was to create something you can’t make at home.

Another tempting dessert is the Pumpkin Cheesecake offered in single or shareable serving. Apart from its beautiful appearance it has a soufflé-like texture. This dessert can also be ordered for Thanksgiving in a 6 in or 8 in. size.

Yet another of Massey’s creations is the Pumpkin Silk Tart. “It’s the ultimate pumpkin pie. It’s 2-and-a-half inches tall and very creamy,” she explained.

The bakery rotates its offerings and the pumpkin loaf is one of those desserts available throughout the year as are the pumpkin scones.

The newly opened old world style Clayton’s Bakery & Bistro offers pumpkin muffins topped with pumpkin seeds which are super moist and delicious. Also try the pumpkin scones with hidden chocolate chips and granulated sugar on top which are delightful. If you just want to have a cookie, the Pumpkin Chai Cookie is an excellent choice. The cookie has a Chai glaze and is very popular right now according to one of the managers, Jacey Ecker.

Another fall inspired dessert available at the bakery is the Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo crust.

This time of year, where everything is decorated in orange tones, stop and enjoy the flavors of the season by having something delicious that features pumpkin.

If you love pumpkins you’ll enjoy this poem written circa 1633:

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pie

Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,

We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,

It if were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”