A few years ago, my hubby carved a very impressive Yoda themed pumpkin about a week before Halloween. We set it outside on our porch, and two days later the pumpkin had become a festering mess, aged from the heat and warmth of California sunshine. I know better than to carve my pumpkins too early now, so I carved my bright orange beauties on the brink of Halloween this year. I collected 1 small pie pumpkin and 2 Wee Bee pumpkins from my random visits to the market over the last few weeks, and now it was time for them to meet their fate.
What did I carve from my pumpkins? Well, I carved them into a tea set for two of course! The tea set is complete with a regular sized teapot and 2 sturdy teacups, just in time for a mid-autumn Pumpkin Chai Latte break!
Although you could serve any fall tea in this cheery pumpkin teapot, a Pumpkin Chai Latte is definitely the way to go. I must say, I’m in love with my Pumpkin Chai Latte recipe…it’s smooth, creamy, and has just the perfect spicy kick to it. My secret ingredient is freshly and finely ground black pepper, which makes it over-the-top delicious.
The best part about using a pie pumpkin to make a pumpkin teapot is that you can later use the teapot to make pie! Using a smaller variety of pumpkin will also allow for easy pouring when tea time comes along. In fact, don’t use a larger pumpkin for this project. The perfect teapot pumpkin has an even base, doesn’t have any soft spots, and doesn’t weigh more than 2 1/2 pounds. And with that I’d like you wish you a very Happy Halloween this year! If you are too busy passing out candy and don’t have time for the tea set, do yourself a favor and at least make the Pumpkin Chai Latte. Nothing could taste better on a crisp fall day!
I’ve decided to take my Pumpkin Tea Set and Chai Lattes over to celebrate Fiesta Friday this week..meet me there!
Pumpkin Chai Latte
Serves 2 with refills.
2 cups strongly brewed chai, preferably loose leaf ( I used a ratio of 1 cup water to 1 Tbsp chai)
2 cups vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup honey or to taste
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1.) Combine all the ingredients in a pot, bring to just under a boil, and serve!
Pumpkin Tea Set
What You’ll Need:
1 pie pumpkin, just under 2 1/2 pounds
2 Wee Bee pumpkins
12 gauge black aluminum wire (you can find this in the jewelry section of the craft store)
decorative beads, enough to cover the length of handle (make sure the wire will fit through them)
pumpkin carver or serrated knife
1.) Gather the goods.
2.) Use a pen to outline the diameter of the mesh strainer on the top, center of each pumpkin
3.) Cut the caps off of the teacups/Wee Bee pumpkins and the large pumpkin.
4.) Dig out the seeds and string.
6.) Make the teapot by marking a dot 1″ from the inner cut edge on the pumpkin. Repeat this again on the other opposite side of the cut opening. Measure out a 2-foot piece of the wire and cut it with scissors.
7.) Use the screwdriver to make a hole where the ink dots are marked.
8.) Wrap one end of the wire in the hole once…
9.) Then wrap the wire over a second time…
10.) This is the time to loop all the beads through (not pictured). When you’ve looped the wire with beads to a reasonable length of your liking, it’s time to seal off the handle and cut off any excess wire. Again, mark a hole on the opposite side of the teapot opening, use the screwdriver to penetrate through the marked hole, then make a double wire loop to create a finished teapot handle.
10. Make the spout by creating a hole to fit the narrow end of the wine pourer. Angle the spout at a 60 degree angle from the base (i.e. the tip of the pourer points upwards). Make the hole slightly narrow so that the wine pourer will fit in snugly and not leak.
11.) Push the narrow end of the wine pourer into the hole until it fits in very snug…the teapot is complete!