Friday, September 24, 2010

Because my pantry looks like this...

...I feel the need to share pumpkin recipes today.  
Yes, I may have panicked a bit at the thought of running out of pumpkin. I went to Sam's club hoping for the usual trio of 3 giant cans, but they must have caught on. They only sold pumpkin in the mixes now... so instead of $4.88 (total guess) for my 3 cans, I payed $8.99 (true story) for a mix that has 2 cans inside there. I may or may not use the rest of the stuff in the box. What can I say, ladies all around me were talking about the shortage while hoisting cases of these mixes into their giant carts. I panicked. Then I went to our local grocery store and they still had some, so being the reasonable person that I am, I snatched some up.

I will say that this is the only picture for today as I'm not actually making anything today. Because then I'll eat it and then my favorite jeans won't fit me. If I had somewhere to bring it all I promise y'all I'd make it and take pictures. But what I lack in pictures, I'll make up for in mulitple recipes. I know... try to contain yourselves.

Let's start off with the easiest one, no my favorite one... we'll go easiest first. Yeah. Let's go with that.

Pumpkin Dip
2 8oz packages cream cheese- softened
1 15 oz can pumpkin
2 cups sifted powdered sugar ( I never really sift it, just don't pack it)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground sugar
Beat cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth, add remaining ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate an hour. Serve with apple wedges, gingersnaps, or my personal favorite- Cinnamon graham cracker sticks.

Okay, now my most favorite pumpkin recipe ever!

Pumpkin Dessert

6 eggs
3 cups (2 cans) pumpkin
2 cups Evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground cloves

Mix all ingredients well and pour into a greased 9x13 pan
Combine 1 box Butter Pecan* cake mix and 1/2c melted butter - this will be crumbly.
Crumble on top of pumpkin mixture in pan
Bake 1 hour at 350*

Serve warm with whipped topping. Store in fridge.

*Other recipes I've seen call for yellow cake or white cake mix, and while those will work fine, give the Butter Pecan a try- it's sooo much better! ;)

Okay, since we're already here I'll give you one more.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese frosting

4 eggs

1 2/3 cups white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

Mix first 4 ingredients together in mixer until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients together. Gradually add to the pumpkin mixture.
Spread into an ungreased jelly roll pan bake 25-35 minutes at 350*

6oz cream cheese
1 stick butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Beat together and spread over cooled bars

I hope I've given y'all your fill of pumpkin for the month now. Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes to share? It looks like I won't be having a shortage this year, so I'd appreciate any new recipes!


Marissa said...

ok, after your shortage post, I went on a pumpkin buying rampage around here in Texas and GUESS WHAT? NO PUMPKIN! Seriously, looked at our local grocery, wal mart and even target...I'm getting worried! ALL of those recipes look delicious....especially that dip! Might have to try that as soon as I track down some PUMPKIN :)

Sara said...

You are toooooo much! I did a similar thing. My stores had absolutely none until this week when I, of course, saw the few sparse cans on the shelf and practically bought them all......thinking I was probably the saaviest, smartest woman in town. Now I have LOTS of the 32 ouncers and the only thing that could possibly make me happier now is if there WAS an actual shortage and having all of these pumpkin cans taking up cupboard space was not all for nothing ! :D
That pumpkin dessert sounds AMAZING! I have never seen a recipe like that before, I'll HAVE to try! Love you, Alicia!

alicia said...

haha! Okay, Marissa I think you'd better talk to Sara about scoring some pumpkin! ;)
Sara, if it becomes a huge deal you could always start marketing your pumpkin cans along with your beautiful necklaces! ;)

Diane said...

Enough with the cream cheese already, as Sara can tell you I am a big cream cheese0ophobe. :O)

Karen said...

Oh, yummo! My mouth is watering! You are just too cute! Thanks for the recipes. I had one or two already, but want to try that dip!

Amy Sullivan said...

So we are going to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch tomorrow...first of all, there better be pumpkins! Second, this post has put me in the mood for fall.

Graceful said...

This whole pumpkin thing is cracking me up...well, not really, 'cause I really love pumpkin bread...I have to remember to check the grocery store this week!

Anyway your recipes are making my stomach growl...and I just gave up nighttime snacking this week -- woe is me!