autumn breakfast bagels with pumpkin spice cream cheese

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I’m up early in my home studio…writing while the rest of the house sleeps. It’s still dark outside and I sit at my desk with a big quilt wrapped around me and a giant mug of tea within arm’s reach. Agnes Obel croons softly over the sound system and the little girl cat is only a few feet away from me, curled up on top of a down comforter, snoring.

Here’s a breakfast delicacy I dreamed up while looking for something other than strawberry, blueberry or honey nut cream cheese to top my morning bagel. I wanted pumpkin! It’s so easy to whip up, you won’t believe it. This spicy, fragrant topping would also be a yummy fruit dip for a fall wine tasting party.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened (light or Neufchatel will work, but won’t be as firm and creamy)

1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree

1/4 cup clover honey

1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoonΒ  ground cloves

Place the softened block of cream cheese in the bowl of your kitchen aid or food processor. Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth and everything is evenly incorporated. Spread liberally over your favorite sweet, toasted bagel. (Some of my favorite flavors are cinnamon raisin and maple nut.) Top with sliced, tart apples, trail mix and a few chocolate chips. Enjoy with a cup of French press coffee, a cup of tea, or a vanilla latte!

Happy breakfast to you!


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  19 comments for “autumn breakfast bagels with pumpkin spice cream cheese

  1. September 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Looks like a wonderful breakfast Melissa – perfect for a quiet early morning with a big mug of tea! I’ve never seen pumpkin purΓ©e for sale here sadly – need to wait until pumpkins are in season!

    • Melissa
      September 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Hi Charles! Thanks so much. enjoy πŸ˜‰

    • donna clements
      October 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Not even Libby’s brand pumpkin puree? Every where I’ve ever lived, that has ALWAYS been available year round, even down here in the deep south! But then again, I have seen recipes for a Praline cake, that calls for Butter Pecan cake mix, right? ANd you would figure that it would be available ESPECIALLY down here in the Deep South, the Praline Capital of the world, and I CAN NOT find it anywhere down here! Go figure!

      • Melissa
        October 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

        I never have a problem finding cans of pumpkin puree, Donna… only sometimes during the holidays if I’m not fast enough, the grocery stores here in Red Wing run out. LOL πŸ™‚

        • donna clements
          October 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

          LOl, by gosh! Yokes on me,hehehe! And now I see! Same happens here, I must admit. I am in a totally new place and state, and I can already tell that that could turn out to be the sitch here, too! So me thinks I will hurry up and stock up on that there pumpkin puree, for sure! Thanks for the reply to my comment, I am now prepared with an ‘armed’ mind, lol! Have an awesome and blessed week, sugar!

          • Melissa
            October 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

            You too, sweetie! XOXOXO

  2. September 21, 2012 at 6:27 am

    wow, this looks really good. Pretty enough to impress the crankiest morning guest. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      September 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

      hee hee πŸ˜‰ enjoy Maureen. and thanks so much for visiting!

  3. Heidi Anderson
    September 21, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Yummmmmmmmm πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      September 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Hello my sweet Heidi! enjoy! πŸ™‚

  4. donna clements
    October 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I am sooooo making these for breakfast tomorrow! Can I start part of the prep today do you think?

    • Melissa
      October 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

      sure you could πŸ™‚

  5. July 20, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Melissa, your breakfast is so yummy. Cant wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

  6. December 16, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Wow…..I’ll try to make this dish next week.!It is impressive for a breakfast.Thanks for sharing this.

  7. July 21, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Yummy cheese, just delicious breakfast. Thanks, Melissa for this lovely recipe. I will try this home.

  8. December 14, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I’m sure i gonna try this. Thank you Melissa.

    • Melissa
      December 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      My pleasure, Darrane! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  9. April 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

    It looks delicous!!
    I’m gonna try this tomorrow

    • Melissa
      April 3, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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