Pumpkin treats to think about outside the crust

  • For Thanksgiving, opt for a traditional slice of pumpkin pie or try a new twist.

    For Thanksgiving, opt for a traditional slice of pumpkin pie or try a new twist. Thinkstock

 
By Deborah Pankey
dpankey@dailyherald.com

Pumpkin pie has been a fall tradition since Colonists shared a feast with American Indians.

American Indians would roast long strips of pumpkin, a gourd native to the Americas, over an open fire and eat it, according to the University of Illinois Extension.

Colonists added their own twist by slicing off the pumpkin top, removing the seeds, filling the inside with milk, spices and honey and baking it in the hot ashes.

Always innovating, aren't we?

This Thanksgiving, I'm going to twist things up, too, by offering a few unique takes on pumpkin pie. From chocolate crust to orange zest to cannoli shells, there's a pumpkin treat for everyone on your holiday table.

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