An unusual and delicious recipe.


  • 600 g pumpkin flesh (steamed or roasted)
  • 120 g hard cheese - gabriel, cratloe hills or parmesan
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • salt and pepper
  • 120 g plain flour
  • a little semolina or rice flour to coat
  • 2 handfuls spinach (blanched and chopped)
  • butter
  • 120 g (4 1/4oz) chanterelles (cleaned)
  • 2 small shallots (thinly sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tblsp brandy
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 150 ml double cream


  • Mash the pumpkin carefully or pass it through a sieve.
  • Add most of the flour and quickly work it in. If the dough feels like it's not too sticky to roll out, nick off a small piece, roll it into a ball and drop it into boiling water to test.
  • If it floats to the top and holds its shape firmly don't add any more flour to the dough. If it breaks apart add a little more flour and test again.
  • Cut the dough into three or four pieces and roll each into a long tubular shape, about the thickness of your finger, and cut off pieces 2cm (1 in) long.
  • Roll each one into an oblong shape.
  • As you go, keep the gnocchi on a tray, tossed in a little flour - semolina or rice flour are best as they won't be absorbed into the dough.
  • Melt some butter in a large shallow pan, then add the chanterelles, shallots and garlic.
  • Fry over a low to medium heat for about 5-7 minutes until tender.
  • Add the brandy and spices, bring to the boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 1 minute. Add the cream, bring back to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer for a further minute.
  • At the same time, cook the gnocchi.
  • Drop batches into a large saucepan of boiling water, taking care not to overcrowd the pan or the gnocchi will stick.
  • The gnocchi are done when they float to the top.
  • Remove the cooked gnocchi with a slotted spoon and toss in a little of the cream sauce.
  • Place some spinach on plates, spoon the mushrooms on top. Surround with some gnocchi and pour the cream sauce over.

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