Welcome to day 29 of Tag Sale Tastes’ Pumpkinpalooza!

Today I tried a McDonald’s Pumpkin & Cream Pie.  This little hand pie intrigued me.  I saw a sign at the drive through that said simply “try our new pumpkin & cream pies.”  It looked as if it had been printed on someone’s computer.  No graphics, no logo, just a black and white mandate to try the pumpkin & cream pie.  So I did.

pie sign

I assumed it was a fried pie, but the generic box it came in said the pie was “baked to perfection.”


And here is the perfect little pie:


The filling consists of a pumpkin layer and a cream cheese (of sorts) layer:


As best I can tell, this signature pie is new this year, and I think it may only be available in select markets.  If you happen to see a sign saying “try our new pumpkin & cream pie,” do so. This little pie was surprisingly delicious.  The two layers combined to produce a wonderful pumpkin cheesecake-like filling surrounded by tender flaky crust.  It was lightly spiced and not overly sweet.  I was sad when it was gone.  It was 89 cents worth of pumpkin joy.

Rating:  5 pumpkins (out of 5)


Welcome to day 28 of Tag Sale Tastes’ Pumpkinpalooza!

If you’re a fan of all things pumpkin spice, then you’ll love pumpkin butter.  Pumpkin butter is a silky spread made of pumpkin, sugar, spices, and a touch of lemon juice — none of the artificial flavors and other suspect ingredients found in many of the other pumpkin spice products I’ve sampled this month.  Two brands that I like are Kozlowski Farms and McCutcheon’s (I understand Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter is popular as well):

This stuff is autumn in a jar.  There are lots of ways to use it — swirl it into smoothies, fold it inside crepes, or make a great dip to serve with gingersnaps, for example. Because it’s pretty heavily spiced, a little goes a long way.   Perhaps one of the simplest and tastiest uses for pumpkin butter is simply to spread it on toast, or perhaps a pumpkin spice English muffin, on top of a little cream cheese or butter:

Mmmmm — what a great way to start your morning.  :)