Sunday, October 24, 2010

Craving (Not Carving) the Pumpkin

by Leann

I no longer carve pumpkins at Halloween. For some reason, our house gets very little traffic on that night and besides, my kids are grown and gone. It's a messy endeavor and for someone as klutzy as I am, also a little dangerous. But October is still pumpkin month--or "eating pumpkin" month.

Usually I wait until Thanksgiving to make the pumpkin pie from scratch. Homemade pastry is a little labor intensive. But since I signed up for allrecipes.com I keep getting all these tantalizing pictures of pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads and one I just made, a pumpkin dump cake. If you don't know about dump cake, you are missing something. Pineapple, cherry pie filling, cake mix and butter. Couldn't be easier. But there's a pumpkin version, too. So I made that today. It's a little more difficult than simple dump cake. You have to make a pie filling, but then you pour it into a 13x9 pan, sprinkle cake mix on top--yellow or spice--and cover with melted butter and nuts. I skip the nuts--allergic. I also use an egg substitute like I do in my pumpkin pie--you guessed, allergic. But this comes out very pretty and smells so good. No pastry making involved!



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Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? Please share!

20 comments:

Andrea C. said...

One of the greatest things about fall is pumpkins...I love all things pumpkin (no nuts for me either Leann). Cake, rolls, muffins, donut, coffee, pie...yum, yum! Plus, they are so bright and orange, and make people happy!

Dru said...

I'm probably one of the few who does not like pumpkin at all.

signlady217 said...

Leann--at bhg.com they have some awesome ideas for decorating pumpkins using stencils and non-toxic paint instead of carving them. Gorgeous!

Dru--my uncle-in-law doesn't like pumpkin either, so you are not alone. :)

I've got a great recipe for pumpkin soup (not sweet, a bit spicy) that I put together. Everybody that's tasted it has just raved, so I guess that's a good thing. As for pie, I actually like butternut squash pie better than pumpkin. Not quite as strong.

Leann Sweeney said...

We'll have to see how the pumpkin poll goes. I think it's one of those love it or hate things. Like Brussel sprouts. Lorraine loves them, I hate them. Pumpkin: I love pumpkin pie, Lorraine hates pumpkin pie. What's great about pumpkin is that it is an excellent egg replacer for baking. Without the spices, it has little taste. I use about a tablespoon per egg called for in a recipe. Makes for great bar cookies.

Heather Webber said...

I need to do some serious research. I LOVE pumpkin pie and pumpkin rolls, but I've been gluten free since July.

Gotta look up some GF pumpkin recipes--I know they're out there!

Dru, my daughter and I are the only pumpkin lovers in our house! You're not alone.

Kim said...

I love pumpkin season! The diners in my area must love it too 'cause since September they've all been promoting Pumpkin Pancakes - yum and I don't have to figure out the recipe.

Leann Sweeney said...

OMG, I love pumpkin pancakes!

holdenj said...

I remember when my cousin gave me her dump cake recipe years ago, I thought she was magic!

Leann Sweeney said...

I know! How could something that easy be so good?

Linda Cowan - Valparaiso said...

I love the Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins form verybestbaking.com, but I usually reduce the sugar.

I will have to try the dump cake, I usually make Blueberry dump cake in the summer, have blueberries in the garden. Sure miss fresh fruit season.

All sounds so good.

Linda McDonald said...

The pumpkin dump cake looks yummy. I like pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. Pumpkin apple streusel muffins sound good too. We have one pumpkin in the house so far. The past few years I have not carved any pumpkins for Halloween, but I might just get to it this year.

Queen Lizz said...

Of course, I cannot go without my favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks! :)

Lynn in Texas said...

Another pumpkin lover here, & that dump cake sounds really good and easy!
Thanks, Leann!

Every Turkey Day for the past 20 yrs. I've made either the NO BAKE Double Layer Pumpkin Pie http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/double-layer-pumpkin-pie-54636.aspx OR the Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/philadelphia-3-step-double-layer-52660.aspx
Both to rave reviews by friends and family.

And every Christmas I make some kind of trifle. For the past 2 yrs. I've used this Paula Deen recipe, once as is and the next time substituting spice cake mix for the gingerbread, both excellent! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-gingerbread-trifle-recipe/index.html

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks all you ladies whose names start with L! I'm heading for that trifle recipe right now. Then I will have to adapt it probably. I should I write a cookbook one day. My (grown now) kids are allergic to milk, I'm allergic to eggs and a million other things. Meals were always an experiment about what I can substitute that will not taste awful. I do make a good dairy free lasagna. Yes, it is possible.

Miki Willa said...

I enjoy a chunkier version of pumpkin pie that is not so sweet. I also really like spicy pumpkin soup and tempura pumpkin. I guess I am more of a savory pumpkin lover.

Leann Sweeney said...

Pumpkin tempura? That sounds interesting. The next time I make this pumpkin dump cake I am cutting down on the sugar. It is a little too sweet but that easily fixed!

Katreader said...

I don't like pumpkin pie, I adore pumpkin pie ice cream though!I've had fantastic pumpkin soup (sweet) and muffins. I love eating pumpkin seeds, too. I may try this pumpkin dump.

Peacecat said...

That dump cake looks yummy. We will definitely have to give it a try. I love allrecipes.com!

I've recently seen mention of pumpkin waffles, although I've not come across them in person. I think they sound delicious though.

Lindy said...

On Saturday I made Cleo Coyle's wonderful Chocolate Fudge Pumpkin Cookies with Pumpkin Glaze that I found at the Mystery Lover's Kitchen blog. They are fabulous (so easy and no eggs or nuts). Also, I don't carve the pumpkins--I use a black marker and draw a face on it. I sit it on the front porch for a while and after a while I bring it in and make it into a pie or soup.

Maggie Sefton said...

That pumpkin dump cake recipe sounds yummy, Leann I'll have to try it.