Butterbeer Pumpkin Pie

I told you all last week how much of a Harry Potter fan that I am.  Last week I made Butterbeer Sauce and decided to use the sauce to make a delicious Butterbeer Pumpkin Pie.
When we went to the Harry Potter festival last month, my son was the most excited about trying pumpkin pasties.  Pumpkin pasties were one of the items that Harry ate when he was on the Hogwarts Express on his first time to school.  Even though the festival was really busy, we were able to find some pumpkin pasties.  Unfortunately it was only pumpkin roll, as I envisioned something different, but my son didn’t know the difference so that is all that matters.
The festival gave me an idea though, wouldn’t it be great to combine the flavor of pumpkin with butterbeer.  I think butterscotch and pumpkin would go great together so I decided to combine the two flavors into one of my favorite Thanksgiving desserts, pumpkin pie.
This Butterbeer Pumpkin Pie takes the traditional pumpkin pie and adds butterbeer sauce to give it a delicious butterscotch flavor.  I then drizzled melted butterscotch chips on the top of the pie.  I really loved this version of pumpkin pie.  I think that the butterscotch added a sweetness to the pumpkin pie that made it really good and I loved the combination of the two flavors together.
This would be a great alternative to your traditional pumpkin pie at the holidays and would also be great to serve at a Harry Potter party.  I plan on making this pie again tomorrow for Thanksgiving as my whole family loved it. I hope that you enjoy this pie as well!

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup butterbeer sauce
1 pie refrigerated pie crust

1/4 cup butterscotch chips, melted

Pre-bake the pie shell according to the package directions.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin and the eggs.  Then mix in the sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
Gently stir in the evaporated milk.  Then add in the butterbeer sauce.
Pour the mixture into the pre-baked pie crust.
Bake the pie for 15 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool and then drizzle the butterscotch chips on top.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Butterbeer Sauce

 

 
I have been a big fan of the Harry Potter series ever since it was introduced to me when I was in high school.  A girl I babysat for was reading the books and lent me them.  I devoured the books and couldn’t get enough.  At that point only 3 of the books were out and we had to wait for the rest to slowly be released.  Then the movies started to come out, which was great as well.  I later introduced the books to my husband who wasn’t much of a reader.  He had seen the movies but decided to borrow my books and got as into to them as I was.
 
I love how years later Harry Potter is just as popular as it was when it was first introduced and I like how I can introduce the great series to my kids as well.  I recently started reading the books to my oldest son.  He loves them and it is now part of our routine to read a little bit every night.  We went to the Harry Potter Festival outside of Philadelphia a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately it was too busy to really do anything but my son had a great time and loved seeing all the people that like the books too.
With the upcoming new movie coming out that is based in the same magical world, I thought it would be great to make some food that reminded me of the book.  The food that I have always wanted to try was butterbeer and I was able to try some of that a few weeks ago.  Butterbeer is really a butterscotch flavored drink.  I decided to make a butterscotch sauce or topping and thought it would be great for a Harry Potter themed party or for anytime.
 
 
This Butterbeer Sauce is a delicious topping that is packed full of butterscotch flavor.  It is easy to make and would be great used on top of ice cream, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, and any other desserts.  I even used it to make a pumpkin pie.  This is great for any Harry Potter lover or for anyone that likes butterscotch flavor.  Also there is no beer in this so it is great for your kids to eat as well!  I hope that you try this delicious topping!
 
 

 

Butterbeer Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon -1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the sugar and cream and whisk until well blended.  Bring the sauce to a gentle boil and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  The sauce will thicken as it cools down.  You can reheat it in the microwave to thin it out.
  4. Serve hot or cold and use as a topping over ice cream or any other dessert.
http://whatscookinglove.com/2016/11/butterbeer-sauce/

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip

I love making different dips, so I decided to make one last weekend when we went to a Halloween party.  My son is really interested in cooking and has been saying that he wants to be a chef when he grows up since he was 3.  For some reason I have trouble getting him in the kitchen so we take him to our local grocery store where they have cooking classes every few weeks.  It is always fun for him to make different things to take home and they always gear it towards the kids.
The last time he had cooking class, they made a tray of vegetables and made a pumpkin hummus to go with it.  The really neat thing is that they let each kid scoop out a pumpkin and they served the hummus in the pumpkin.  This got me to thinking about the dessert dip that I wanted to make.  I decided to make a pumpkin dip and serve it in a pumpkin.  I think this is a really cute idea for fall parties or as a centerpiece at your Thanksgiving dessert.
This Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip was so creamy and delicious and is the perfect dessert appetizer for your fall gathering.  I think it looked really festive served in a pumpkin and everyone liked it.  Everyone loved the dip itself and kept asking me for the recipe.  I love that the dip is really easy to make and I really like the flavor combination of the pumpkin and salted caramel.
I served the dip with ginger snaps and graham crackers.  I really liked the ginger snaps with the dip and thought that the flavors went really well together.  The dip would also go really well with fruit.  This dip was a really big hit at the fall party and I can’t wait to make it again to serve with Thanksgiving dessert.  I hope you try this delicious dip!

 

 

 

 

 
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup pure pumpkin
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 container (8 ounces) of Cool Whip
1/4 cup caramel ice cream sauce
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
 
Mix the cream cheese and pumpkin together.
In a separate bowl mix together the caramel ice cream sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of the sea salt together until combined.
Then gradually stir in the Cool Whip, powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salted caramel into the pumpkin cream cheese mixture, until combined.
If desired, drizzle additional caramel ice cream sauce and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt on top of the dip.  You can serve this in a pumpkin if desired. Chill before serving. Serve with ginger snaps, graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzels, vanilla wafers, or fruit.
 
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Nutella Pumpkin Bread

I cannot believe it is already Halloween and almost time for Thanksgiving.  This fall has been going crazy fast.  We have been getting ready for Halloween in my house and bought pumpkins earlier this week to carve and decorate.  A few nights ago we dressed the kids up to go trick or treating in the mall.  It was really busy but the kids had a lot of fun. This weekend we plan on going to a Halloween party at one of our friend’s houses. On Monday we will go out and have trick or treating in our neighborhood.
My son has his party at school today. I know when I was a kid I loved dressing up at school for the party and getting to see all of my friends costumes.  For some reason at my son’s school they don’t celebrate Halloween.  They are instead having a fall themed party and can’t even wear their costumes.  I understand that some families don’t celebrate Halloween, but I kind of feel that sad that he is not able to bring his costume to school.
Last week to get into the fall spirit, I decided to make some pumpkin bread.  I think that Pumpkin bread is great for Halloween time and for Thanksgiving as well.  I can remember that as a kid we always had pumpkin bread for breakfast on Thanksgiving mornings.  I decided to combine my Pumpkin bread with Nutella because I really like the combination of the chocolate and pumpkin together.
This Nutella Pumpkin Bread is a delicious treat that is perfect for the fall.  I really liked the chocolate and hazelnut flavors of the Nutella swirled in with the pumpkin bread.  I swirled Nutella into the middle of the pumpkin bread and also on top of the pumpkin bread.  The Nutella created a topping on top of the pumpkin bread which tasted really delicious.
I really loved this pumpkin bread and I plan on making it for the Halloween party this weekend and to serve on Thanksgiving as well. This is really the perfect fall breakfast or dessert.  My kids loved the bread as well and kept asking for more.  I hope you make this delicious pumpkin bread for your family and friends to enjoy!

 

 

 

Nutella Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until they are creamy. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Combine the baking soda, flour, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon, and slowly beat in the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
  4. Then stir in the pumpkin puree until combined.
  5. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9x5 pan.
  6. Spoon 1/4 cup of Nutella on top of the batter and swirl with a knife.  
  7. Pour the other half of the batter on top of the Nutella and swirl the rest of the Nutella on top.  
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan and then remove and continue to cool on a wire cooling rack.
http://whatscookinglove.com/2016/10/nutella-pumpkin-bread/

 
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Sausage Baked Ziti

When you have had a long day and you want a good meal, one of the absolute best things is comfort food.  Food also helps tie into your memories and helps you remember the best of times.  One of my favorite comfort foods when I was a kid was my mom’s Baked Ziti.
 
My mom wasn’t always the best of cooks, but I loved her ziti recipe.  It is easy to put together so she would always make it when company was coming over and I would always pick to have it made for my birthday, because it was one of my favorites.  I think one of the best things about a comfort food dish like my mom’s ziti, is that it gives me great reminders of my childhood.  My mom gave me her recipe so I wanted to make my favorite comfort food dish for my family.
 
 
Last weekend I went to Giant Food Stores to pick up ingredients for the ziti.  I decided to make some changes to my mother’s recipe.  The main changes that I made was to use sausage instead of beef.  I picked up some Johnsonville Italian Sausage.  I picked up the sweet variety because I thought it would go great in my recipe. I really like that all the spices and flavors are built into the sausage, it makes the preparation that much easier.
I also decided to use penne noodles in my recipe instead of the traditional ziti used in my mom’s recipe.  I picked up Barilla Pasta, in the penne variety and sauce.  I really like that Barilla cooks up the perfect al dente pasta every time.  I saw that Barilla makes sauce now, which I had to get as well since I trust the brand’s products. Then I headed to the dairy aisle and picked up Galbani Low Moisture Mozzarella that is great for shredding. I love that you can easily shred this cheese, since 1/3 of cheese is used in shredded form.  I also picked up Galbani ricotta and parmesan cheeses.
The Sausage Baked Ziti is such a great comfort food and it came out just like I remember from when I was a kid. I really liked the addition of the sausage and the penne to the dish.  I think all the ingredients I bought combined very well together to make this great dish.  My mom hasn’t made the ziti for a long time so I am glad that my kids can have a taste of a meal I loved as a child.  This ziti also makes a lot so it is great for when you have company or it is also great to eat as leftovers.  My kids really loved the ziti and my husband said that he really liked the sausage in it.
 
I can’t wait to continue making this meal for my kids and also make it for my mom so that we can talk about our great memories revolving the dish.  This recipe has been passed down to me and I hope that you can try it too.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Sausage Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 16 ounces Galbani ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Galbani grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces Galbani Low Moisture Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 package Johnsonville Italian sausage
  • 1 package Barilla Penne pasta
  • 32 ounces (about 4 cups) Barilla sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat until it is browned on all sides.  It does not need to be completely cooked on the inside since it will be in the oven.
  3. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the egg, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, the sauce (leaving a little bit back), seasoning, sausage, and pasta together until combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 dish.
  6. Put the extra sauce on the top of the mixture.  You only need enough to cover the top.
  7. Bake the ziti for 40 minutes
  8. Take out of the oven and put the rest of the cheese on top.  Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
http://whatscookinglove.com/2016/10/sausage-baked-ziti/

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