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10 best pumpkin recipes

Not just for carving at Halloween, pumpkins have beautifully sweet orange flesh that works wonderfully in all kinds of recipes, from comforting soups to hearty mains and moist cakes. Make the most of this versatile vegetable with our top 10 pumpkin recipes, including fluffy pumpkin gnocchi and an indulgent, sweet pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin spice latte
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Pumpkin spice latte

If you're in need of a warm-me-up then get cosy with this wonderfully spiced pumpkin latte. Learning how to make an iconic pumpkin spice latte at home is so simple – it's the perfect drink to snuggle up to and works just as well with espresso coffee or instant coffee.

  1. Put the pumpkin purée, sugar, spices and milk in a microwave-proof jug. Mix the contents to combine. Cover with clingfilm, then carefully pierce the surface two or three times, to allow steam to escape. Microwave on full power for 1½-2 mins, until the milk is hot.
  2. Using an electric milk frother or whisk, whisk for 30-45 secs or until milk is really frothy. Pour the hot coffee into a latte glass or mug, then add the spiced pumpkin milk. Top with cream, if using, then dust with a little more mixed spice and some cocoa.

Tip: If you have a coffee machine, use two shots of espresso to make the latte. If not, use an instant espresso coffee or your usual cafetière. You will need 50ml strong coffee made from about 1 tbsp ground coffee.

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  • Ingredients
  • 2 heaped tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 250ml whole or semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 shots espresso coffee (see tip)
  • whipped cream and cocoa, to serve (optional)