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Pumpkin Is The Star Of These Holland America Line Thanksgiving ‘Sweet Treat’ Recipes

From a Pumpkin Swiss roll to Pumpkin French toast, make these fall favorites at home  

Seattle, Wash., Nov. 22, 2022 —Pumpkin is a beloved flavor of fall that evokes warm feelings of friends, family and the holidays. This Thanksgiving, Holland America Line is sharing four delicious recipes to be served on its ships for the holiday and that can be made at home where pumpkin is the star: Pumpkin Swiss Roll, Pumpkin Brioche Buns, Pumpkin French Toast and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin.

“Pumpkin is the ‘it’ flavor of fall and adds a nice essence to these recipes that have many variations,” said Michael Stendenbach, vice president, food, beverage and rooms division. “Guests often ask us how to make the dishes we serve on board, so we enjoy putting out these recipes that can be made at home, bringing a little bit of Holland America Line to their own kitchens.”

Guests on board a Holland America Line cruise this week also will be enjoying these dishes on board. Whether part of Thursday’s Thanksgiving feast or a special treat another day, everyone can savor the flavors of Thanksgiving this holiday season.




All Purpose Flour (sieved) 1 ½ cups

Baking Powder                  1 ¾ tsp

Baking Soda                      2 ½ tsp

Cinnamon (ground)            2 ¾ tsp

Ginger (ground)                 2 1/8 tsp

Nutmeg (ground)               ¾ tsp

Cloves (ground)                 ½ tsp

Salt                                    1 ¼ tsp

Eggs                                  6

Sugar                                 1 ¾ cups

Pumpkin Puree                  1 1/3 cups

Vanilla Extract                    1 ¾ tsp


Cream Cheese (softened)  3 1/8 cups

Butter (softened)                1 1/16 cups

Powdered Sugar (sieved)  2 1/16 cups

Vanilla Extract                    2 1/16 tsp

Salt                                    1 2/3 tsp

Almond Tuille


1.     Pre-heat oven to 375 F (190 C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2.     In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt.

3.     In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together. Whisk in pumpkin puree and vanilla extract until smooth.

4.     Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.

5.     Pour batter onto baking sheet and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven.

6.     Carefully remove cake from pan by holding onto the parchment paper. Roll cake up, short end to short end, Let cool completely.


1.     Mix together all ingredients until smooth.

2.     Unroll cake and spread the filling. Roll cake up, peeling back the parchment paper as you go.

3.     Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

4.     Dust with powdered sugar. Slice and garnish with Almond Tuille.




Brioche Bread         20 slices

Pumpkin French Toast Mixture:

Egg                         8

Pumpkin Spice        3 2/3 tsp

Sugar                      2/3 cup

Whole Milk              4 ½ cups

Honey                     1/3 cup


Powdered Sugar (sieved)             1 tbsp

Butter (melted)                             1 1/3 cups

Maple Syrup (warmed)                 2/3 cup

Cinnamon Butter (whipped)          ½ cup

Candied Pecans                           ½ cup

Dried Cranberries                         ¾ cup

Cinnamon Butter:

Butter                      1/2 cup

Salt                          1/8 tsp

Powdered sugar      1/8 cup

Honey                     1 tbsp

Vanilla                     1/3 tsp

Cinnamon               1 1/2 tsp


1.     Heat grill.

2.     Mix all ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice French Toast Mixture using wire whisk.

3.     Dip the sliced bread in Pumpkin Spice French Toast Mixture.

4.     Butter the grill and lay the sliced bread on the buttered grill.

5.     Allow to cook and then turn over.

6.     Serve on a large white plate.

7.     Dust the bread with powdered sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.

8.     Garnish with candied pecans and cranberries.

9.     Beat all Cinnamon Butter ingredients together until smooth.

10. Serve with cinnamon butter on the side.



Serves 10


Crumb Topping:

Dark Brown Sugar   1/3 cup

Ground Cinnamon   ½ tsp 

Unsalted Butter       ¼ cup

All Purpose Flour     2/3 cup        

Pumpkin Muffins:

All Purpose Flour     1 ¾ cup

Baking Powder        1 ¾ tsp

Baking Soda            2 ½ tsp

Salt                          1/3 tsp         

Cinnamon (Ground)     1 ¾ tsp

Pumpkin Spice        ¾ tsp

Dark Brown Sugar   ½ cup

Sugar                      ½ cup

Eggs                        2

Pumpkin Puree        ¾ cup

Vegetable Oil           ½ cup

Milk                         1/3 cup

Vanilla Extract         1 1/6 tsp

Cheesecake Filling:

Cream Cheese        ¾ cup

Egg Yolk                 1

Vanilla Extract         ½ tsp

Sugar                      1/8 cup


1.     Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350 F). Spray silicon muffin mold with pan coating.

Crumb Topping:

1.     Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter together in a small bowl until combined.

2.     Add the flour and use a fork to gently mix until crumbs form. Don’t over-mix into a paste. Just mix until it is crumbly. Set aside.

Pumpkin Batter:

1.     Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice together in a large bowl. Set aside.

2.     In a medium bowl, whisk the brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree, oil, milk and vanilla together.

3.     Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk or stir until combined. Do not overmix.

Cheesecake Filling:

1.     Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

2.     Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla extract, and sugar until combined.

3.     Pipe pumpkin muffin batter into the silicon mold (about1/4 full).

4.     Pipe cheesecake filling on top (about a TBSP.)

5.     Top with more pumpkin muffin batter. Some cheesecake filling may poke out of the top or on the sides.

6.     Sprinkle crumb topping onto each, then press it down into the tops of the muffins to help prevent it from falling off as the muffins bake.