From Perfect Portable Pastries to Decadently Tweaked Sweets

 - Nov 7, 2011
Pumpkin season may be on its way out, but you still have a chance to whip up or sample any one of these pumpkin-inspired edibles before the popular gourds leave for another year. Lending the smooth silky texture of pureed pumpkin to any sweet or savory treat can't possibly be a bad thing. On top of its winning texture, pumpkin also helps keep baked goods moist and fresh days after leaving the oven.

When pumpkin is combined with such full-bodied spices as cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom, you have an instant classic on your hands, sure to garner some rave reviews. Pumpkin is an incredibly versatile ingredient, lending its impeccable taste and consistency to everything from tarts to wontons.

With so many applications and so many tasty indulgences to choose from, you're sure to find at least one of these pumpkin-inspired edibles hopelessly seductive.