It’s that time of year again; our seasonal friend, the pumpkin, has returned in sugary form. FM scouted the Square to find the best pumpkin treats to help celebrate the joys of fall, and to get you through those crisp nights.
Pumpkin Pecan Bun
At first glance, this pastry looks like a normal coffee cake, but a big bite reveals a center of creamy pumpkin filling specked with chopped pecans. While we would have loved to see even more of that rich, nutty filling, this treat was by far our favorite.
Topped off with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, Crema’s pumpkin cheesecake is a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. The soft crust rounds out this indulgent creation.
Sweet shrinks a pumpkin into cupcake form in this pumpkin cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon sugar pumpkin seed (unseen anywhere else!). Though it was a little heavy, the cream cheese frosting complemented the pumpkin base well.
Burdick’s offers Luxembourgers (a.k.a. macarons) in multiple flavors. The pumpkin Luxembourger does not disappoint: a thin layer of pumpkin filling glazed between two crispy meringue layers. Although a satisfying autumnal treat, be wary of the price-size value of this dessert.
While this treat may be a little light on pumpkin flavor, it juxtaposes textures well. The chewy, caramelized outside balances the cakey, crumbly inside. Located in Porter Square, Hi-Rise might just be one of the few reasons to head over to the quad.