So, yeah, I'm a Starbucks girl. I wasn't always. There was a time when coffee was an occasional thing, like at a restaurant with dessert. Ah, those were the days. Now, a morning without an iced coffee is a very bad morning indeed.
A few days ago, I got an email from Starbucks enticing me to enjoy fall rituals with them. Since then, at least a half-dozen people have commented to me how excited they are for their first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. I smile. I nod. I don't get it. For all my love of pumpkin, I just don't enjoy it in my coffee. With? Yes. In? No.
This morning, I was admiring (with no intention to purchase) the pumpkin cream cheese muffins. While I was distracted by the half and half, my coworker Elizabeth bought one for me. The last thing I need to stuff in my mouth right now is a muffin, but I've never let that stop me. We brought it to the office and promptly sliced it up so everyone could have a taste.
For a mass-produced baked good, I have to say, it was really good. The cream cheese filling was rich and not too sweet. The toasted pumpkin seeds on top added a fun textural element. The cake itself was moist with just the right amount of spice. I'd definitely have it again. That said, I'll definitely start working on a version of my own. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, enjoy your pumpkin latte if you're so inclined. Enjoy the fabulous stem on this award-winning specimen from the State Fair.
Enjoy whatever fall rituals make you smile. And enjoy any opportunity you have to...
Keep it sweet.