This cream is a great fall sweetener for your cold brew as well as hot brewed coffee. Starbucks charges over $5 for their pumpkin cold brew, and while it is delicious, that’s too much for me! So, I figured it couldn’t be that difficult to make my own pumpkin cream, and my own coffee and do it at a fraction of the price. This is a simple recipe and you wont need too much.
Pumpkin Spice Cream:
16 oz Half and half
1 tbl pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbl maple syrup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
Place a small saucepan on medium heat. Add all ingredients and heat to a very low simmer, do not boil. Take off the burner and puree briefly with a blender, about 10 seconds. Cool and store for up to 5 days.
This tomato soup recipe couldn’t get any easier. If you don’t count the garnishes there are only four ingredients. I had an abundance of tomatoes – so many I had to pick a recipe that used up many of them. Soup seemed like a great idea.
Tomato, 8 cups, fresh with the core removed, cut in half
Onion, 1 ea, diced
Garlic, 6 cloves, minced
Chicken Stock, 3 cups, low sodium
Begin by roasting tossing your tomatoes with the olive oil, and season with salt. Roast your tomatoes at 400 for about 20 minutes. Roast them long enough so you can peel off the skins with ease.
Meanwhile, heat a large sauce pot over medium heat and cook your onions until nicely browned and caramelized, about 7-8 minutes. If you season them with salt when you throw them in the pan, they will wilt and break down more quickly.
When the onions are nice and cooked, add in the garlic and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. Then, add the peeled tomatoes to the pot, along with the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Purée the soup with an immersion blender (or a standing blender in batches). This might take longer with an immersion blender, but check the consistency to ensure it is smooth and velvety.
Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Ladle into a bowl, and garnish with anything you’d like. I’ve garnished my soup with a dollop of labneh, minced chives, and some extra virgin olive oil.