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Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling: What's the Difference?

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Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling: What's the Difference?
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It's that time of the year when pumpkin pie finally starts making an appearance. When shopping for the ingredients for pumpkin pie may run into a bit of a pickle trying to decide between using pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling. Not sure which one to select? What's the difference?

Fine Dining Lovers helps you navigate this autumn conundrum.

Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling: What's the Difference?

Canned pumpkin puree contains 100% pumpkin without any additional spices or flavors. It is ideal for savory recipes such as soups or risottos but also muffins, cookies, and pies.

On the other hand, pumpkin pie filling features pureed pumpkin flavored with the spices traditionally found in pumpkin pie: cloves, cinnamon, allspice and/or nutmeg. Choose a can of this stuff when baking desserts.

Which One Should You Choose?

In the end, if you want to control the flavors and spices in your recipes opt for pumpkin puree. If you'd like to make pumpkin pie but don't have all the spices on hand, then go for the pumpkin pie filling.

Plus: Learn How To Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

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