A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big, BIG everything else: flavor, ideas, holy-cow factor. Psst: We don’t count water, salt, pepper, and certain fats (say, olive oil to dress greens or sauté onions), since we’re guessing you have those covered. This week: a make-ahead pumpkin dessert that really wants to come to your Thanksgiving.
Most pumpkin desserts don’t taste like pumpkin. They taste like pumpkin spice (as it’s known at Starbucks) or pumpkin pie spice (as it’s known at your supermarket). Like all spice blends, there’s no set formula here. McCormick includes: “cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and sulfiting agents.” Trader Joe’s: “cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom.” Whole Foods 365: “organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic cloves, organic nutmeg.” The Spice Hunter: “cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper.”
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