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Craving pumpkin baked goods

As I mentioned on another thread, I'm currently a little over 7 months pregnant with a chowbaby. I have had very few cravings so far during the pregnancy but I've been having the most intense cravings as of late for pumpkin baked goods. Pies, muffins, scones, donuts, cakes, cookies, bars. I'm down for whatever. It may still be too early but if you've spotted anything in your chow travels lately, let me know!

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  1. Costco pumpkin pie?

    You are, after all, eating for two.

    1. There are 3 things pumpkin I must always have in the fall at least once:
      Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
      Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin
      Costco Pumpkin Pie

      1. I love Traders Joe's pumpkin butter. Spread it on anything.

        1. Pumpkin Bread from the Nuns in Hollywood

          Monastery of the Angels
          1977 Carmen Ave
          Los Angeles, CA 90068

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          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            I'm shocked that this thread has gotten this far without a mention of the monastery pumpkin bread. I always wished they would adopt my motto: "So good, it's as if Jesus baked it himself." (Alternatively: "Lord knows it's good.") The Bread is getting to be absurdly expensive these days (it's probably up to $10 now) but it is great. They used to give away their recipe, but I tried baking it at home and it was, shall we say, not a success.

            Now Molly, listen to me on this one. Get the pumpkin pie at The Filling Station in Orange. I used to buy them regularly as a seasonal gift for my department, and as long as things haven't changed, this pie was the measure by which all pumpkin pies should be judged. There was this custardy layer between the filing and the cookies like crust that added this extra magic (never figured out what is was, as it is subtly but distinct... I postulated on an old chowhound thread that it was marzipan, but the owner chimed in and said it was not. In any case, it's a spectacular, massive thing. They close around 3pm and you may need to reserve one as they do special orders for the holidays.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              It did change hands relatively recently. The former owners opened up a higher end place. Don't know if the pie recipes went with the sale and if they are still up to snuff.

          2. I'm bumping this in the hopes that people will have seen more baked pumpkin goods pop up now that it's October....

            Starbuck's isn't making the pumpkin cream cheese muffin anymore, btw! It's been replaced with a mini pumpkin cream cheese loaf cake which didn't look worth the calories (although please let me know if it is).

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            1. re: mollyomormon

              I went through the same thoughts this morning when i went.. they should have kept that nice muffin. I'm not sure if i want to try the mini loaf thing.

              1. re: blimpbinge

                None of the new baked goods looked very tasty.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  None of the new Starbucks' baked goods are very good. I've tried a few. Starbucks acquired a baking company in San Francisco and started replacing all their baked goods with goods from this company. In my opinion, it's an epic fail (except for the owner of the baking company who presumably walked away with many millions). Oh well, at least it is easier to avoid temptation now when strolling past the Starbucks on my way to my office.

                  1. re: omotosando

                    I think Starbucks' baked goods have always been and continue to be bad. I've never understood, with all the resources they must have at their disposal, why they haven't ever managed to do better.

              2. re: mollyomormon

                Susiecakes has the mini pumpkin cheesecakes and pumpkin cupcakes with maple buttercream frosting that I mentioned last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875201

                Hotcakes Bakes has some pumpkin spice cupcakes.

              3. Last week I was in Green Peas in Culver City and they had a pumpkin spice cake they were selling by the slice. Looked nice and fresh, but I didn't sample it so I can't tell you how good it actually was.

                1. i just got back from Trader's Joes and they are loaded with pumpkin stuff. I picked up, but haven't tried yet, a frozen pumpkin bread pudding, frozen pumpkin cheesecake, frozen pumpkin chocolate mouse and non-frozen pumpkin spice cake. I passed on the pumpkin biscotti. Will report when I try some of this stuff -- the problem with Trader Joe's baked goods is that they tend to be cloyingly sweet, but we'll hope for the best.

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                  1. re: omotosando

                    Almost hate to admit it, but the Pumpkin Bread Mix @ TJs (just add egg, water and oil) is stupidly simple and ridiculously good for the low level of effort it requires.

                    You can throw in chocolate chips, cranberries, etc. And topping it with an easy yogurt glaze gives it a nice zip.

                    Nice to see you back on the board, Danielle! Congratuations!

                    1. re: revets2

                      Thank you! I just sampled that bread during my last trip to Trader Joe's and it was excellent -- I would have never guessed from a box mix.

                      Thank you for all the suggestions!

                      1. re: revets2

                        I had a sample of that in-store and I thought it was great too.

                    2. Last fall I fell in love with the pumpkin cheesecake from Susina. As of a few weeks ago they weren't making it just yet, but I'll be checking in this week -- it's delish.

                      1. not baked, but good:
                        my local gelato joint in marina del rey is currently offering pumpkin gelato.
                        they are located in the strip center on the southeast corner of lincoln and mindinao.
                        open until 10

                          1. Just scarfed down the pumpkin cream crullant (right one in photo) from Semi Sweet. Seasonal, and good, though the plain crullant gets my number one vote.

                            1. I haven't had either in the last year or so, but back when I lived close to Urth Caffe, I loved both the pumpkin muffin and the pumpkin pie there. I think I need to have both again sometime soon...

                              1. they run out early (and are seasonal) but the pumpkin walnut muffins at magnolia on third street are among the best things in the whole store -- huge, pumpkiny and nutty.

                                1. I noticed pumpkin tea cake and pumpkin pie at Huckleberry today. I didn't try either one, but they both looked great.

                                  1. I realize I may be one of the only posters who likes Real Food Daily. But I really enjoyed the new pumpkin bake on the dessert menu there.

                                    1. Most of these aren't baked goods, but interesting nonetheless:


                                      1. Trader Joe's has a wide variety of pumpkin products and the ones I have tried have all been fantastic.