Without the whipped cream, pumpkin pie looks rather sad, doesn’t it?

Canadian Thanksgiving is next Monday and that means we’re all stocking up on turkey’s, cranberries and pumpkin. I know you might think you have the world’s best pumpkin pie recipe. You probably do. I wouldn’t dream of encouraging you to change you beloved Thanksgiving dessert. I will, however, recommend you try pumpkin butter.

a mind blowing trick for pumpkin pie

To me, pecan pie is for Christmas, and pumpkin pie is Thanksgiving all the way

The secret is…. pumpkin butter

Why, you ask? It makes the most fantastic pumpkin-infused whipped cream (and we all know, pumpkin pie is a most depressing dessert without lashings of cream to cheer it up).

jarred pumpkin

This kind of pumpkin butter is sold at Williams-Sonoma

You simply add 1-2 Tablespoons of pumpkin butter to your cream (along with vanilla and a bit of sugar) while whipping it up. It’s subtle, savoury and heightens your whole pumpkin experience.

It doesn’t need to be this fancy Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Williams-Sonoma. Though I have to admit, that one is pretty fine. When I was in the Okanagan researching the best places to eat and drink, I picked up some pumpkin butter at a farmer’s market and it works just as well. And if  you’re really a Martha, you can make your own pumpkin butter.

pumpkin and chocolate dessert

Ooey-gooey chocolately pumpkin bars

But if you do go for the Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Williams-Sonoma you can also make a lot of other delicacies including pecan pumpkin filled pancakes and these ooey gooey pumpkin layer bars shown above. Here’s 7 recipes to make with Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Do you branch out with pumpkin desserts or do you stick with a basic pie?

P.S. This Thanksgiving cocktail will make you the most popular host ever!