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7 Pumpkin-Centric Jewish Recipes for Fall

The time has come: Autumn is upon us. Autumn isn’t only the best season because it’s full of Jewish holidays; it’s also the season of delicious pumpkin-flavored foods. Here are’s best pumpkin-themed recipes.

  1. Pumpkin Challah: An unconventional twist on traditional challah, this dough incorporates pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree. After trying this, you’ll never want a fall Shabbat celebration without it!
  2. Pumpkin with Spiced Coconut Custard: Thai in origin, this recipe features a hollowed-out pumpkin with custard baked inside of it. When served, your lucky guests get to enjoy the sweet and spicy custard with soft, delicious pumpkin.
  3. Sweet Potato-Pumpkin Cazuela (Casserole): The classic pairing of sweet potato and pumpkin is perfect in this easy dish, and the subtle flavor of the coconut milk helps to round out the flavors. This one is perfect for your Sukkot or Thanksgiving menu.
  4. Jamaican Pumpkin Pancakes: These pancakes are perfect for breakfast topped with syrup, or as an hors d’ouevre topped with sour cream and a touch of candied ginger or caviar (if you’re being fancy). OK, who are we kidding? The pancakes are also perfect – with any topping – for lunch, dinner, dessert, brunch, fourthmeal, etc.
  5. Dark and Spicy Pumpkin Pie: This version of the popular dish, made with brown sugar and maple syrup, will fill your kitchen with fragrant spices as it bakes.
  6. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Sufganiyot: Sufganiyot (sugar donuts) aren’t just for Hanukkah, and gluten-free foods aren’t just for gluten-sensitive folks! These delicious donuts will not disappoint.
  7. Pumpkin Ravioli from Mantua: This recipe is 500 years old, all the way from the Jews who lived in Mantua under the Gonzaga duchy during the Renaissance. Topped with brown butter, it’s a perfect, hearty recipe that you’ll want to make over and over again.

What’s your favorite pumpkin dish? Leave a comment and let us know!

Marissa Solomon is the digital communications producer for the Union for Reform Judaism. Based in New York, she is originally from Ann Arbor, MI, and has a degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.