I got really lucky this year. Aldi (which is one of the cheaper grocery stores) had tinned pumpkin on special a month or so back. I was so excited. It can sometimes be a really difficult ingredient to find on the cheap over here in the UK. Normally you pay over the odds for it, if you can find it. (I have had success in Waitrose and Sainsbury's and of course there is Skyco as well.)
So anyways, they had it in Aldi for a really reasonable price and I loaded up on it! I think I bought 24 tins, much to Todd's embarassment and chagrin! But then, I am a North American and I love pumpkin! I think I am converting him to the idea as well.
Especially when I make him such deliciousness as these fabulous Pumpkin Fritters. They are delightful little light spicy puffs of pumpkin! And that sauce . . . oh baby. It is fabulous!
Of course if you can't find the tinned pumpkin puree, you can make your own. There is a great recipe for a roasted one here. And of course there is another good version on the BBC food site.
Simple to make, just stir all the ingredients together and drop them into hot fat, cooking them until they are puffed and golden brown. Just make sure you fat isn't too hot as you don't want the outsides to cook too fast, or your insides will be raw, and you don't want that!
The sauce is gorgeous. Rich and caramel flavoured with just the hint of vanilla. So delicious together. And you can refrigerate any leftover sauce for on ice cream or pancakes even. Scrummo!!
Oh, and don't worry about the leftover pumpkin. I am going to tell you something delicious to do with that tomorrow! ☺
*Spiced Pumpkin Fritters with a Vanilla Caramel Sauce*Makes about 20 fritters
icing sugar for dusting
pinch sea salt