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Welcome back to #PumpkinWeek! When coming up with the recipes to make this week, I wanted to try to make something I hadn’t before. Pumpkin seed brittle. It sounds cool and different, and I wanted to experiment with making some candy this year. I didn’t have the recipe nailed down, but I figured I could come up with one I’d like to share in two weeks time, right?

Nope.

That was oh so wrong, in hilarious glorious food blogger fashion. I’ve grown to realize that there’s a perception that food bloggers don’t make mistakes and are able to create recipes like some magical foodie fairy godmother. It’s probably due to all the hard work bloggers do making recipes, testing them, and producing really beautiful photos on Pinterest. But spoilers: sometimes recipe creation doesn’t always end up as expected. And you know what? It’s kind of a beautiful, fun process that I wouldn’t give up in a heartbeat. Here’s the story of how pumpkin seed brittle turned into spiced pumpkin seeds.

Attempt #1: 2 weeks ago. Two weeks ago I did my first attempt at the brittle. I don’t make candy often, but I figured I could do a first try and still have time to go through another cycle or two of recipe testing. The first attempt I tried to cook the sugar to a soft candy. Wrong choice, the candy was far too soft for a brittle consistency.

Attempt #2: 1 week ago. I went ahead and tried the same recipe, but wanted to heat it to a hard candy. This time the mistake I made was that I left the sugar unattended for 3 minutes and it burnt. Badly. 1 pot down and in the trash.

Attempt #3: 3 days ago. I do all of my recipe creation and planning on the weekends. I was running out of time and this was the last recipe I needed to make for pumpkin week. I tried one more time, but in the rush of trying to make the recipe I forgot the butter. Without the butter, I ended up with something more along the lines of sugar glass, and didn’t have the buttery taste I’d want out of a brittle.

Attempt #4: 3 days ago. I trashed that recipe and in my frustrations thought the heavens were trying to give me a sign, and I decided to make something that was a lighter snack. A less stressful snack. And thus spiced pumpkin seeds were born.

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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger

Instructions

  1. Toss all the ingredients in a bowl and spread onto a baking sheet.
  2. Heat the oven to 300F, and bake the seeds for 1 hour. Stir occasionally while they are baking.
  3. Sift the excess sugar from the seeds, then transfer to a jar for storage.
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Be sure to check out all the pumpkin recipes down below!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Family Favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread from Cooking With Carlee
Nutty Pumpkin Muffins from Family Around The Table
Pumpkin Cinnamon Raisin Bread from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Coconut Curry with Chicken from Making Miracles
Pumpkin Donuts from Palatable Pastime
Pumpkin Empanadas from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Pumpkin Magic Bars from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Pumpkin & Sausage Alfredo from They Crumby Cupcake
Pumpkin Scones from Love and Confections
Pumpkin Torte from The Freshman Cook
Sopa de Abobora from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

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