Monday, September 3, 2012

Favorite Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Fall is in the air (or at least it will be soon), and I have already hung my fall wreath on the front door in anticipation.  I always look forward to the fall time…  crisp air, warm sweaters, hot chocolate, red leaves falling…  but one of the things I probably enjoy the most when the season starts to change is the food.  Hm…  I love food. 

And isn’t that the majority of what homesteading is about?  Being able to provide everything you and your family need on your own?  Food is a great big part of that.  It is an essential in life for all of us.  So, do you want food (eh.) or do you want GOOD food??? 

Because I am so in the mood for fall, I am craving pumpkin.  I came up with all kinds of pumpkin things. 

Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe-

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice or ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Put everything into a small bowl and mix.  Makes 1 teaspoon.  Multiply each by 8, to get a larger amount. 

Pumpkin Pie recipe-

  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 unbaked crust

Add the pumpkin, sugar, salt, spices, flour, and eggs into a bowl and mix on medium speed until creamy.  Add the evaporated milk, water, vanilla and mix again until creamy.  Pour into the pie crust.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees without taking the pie out of the oven and bake for another 35 minutes.  To see if it is done, tap the sides of the pie.  When it is totally baked, the center should only jiggle a little.  Take it out and let it cool.  Serve with Cinnamon-Vanilla Cream and some powdered sugar! 

Pumpkin Bread recipe-

This recipe is one of the best pumpkin bread recipes.  It is not a too dense, dry, or rich pumpkin bread, but instead light and fluffy with just enough flavor to make it wonderful.  Really great straight out of the oven with melted butter, powdered sugar, or Cinnamon-Vanilla Cream.
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 16 ounce can of pumpkin puree
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

In the mixing bowl, first add sugar, eggs, oil and beat at medium speed until creamy.  Add pumpkin puree and beat again until creamy.  In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and sift.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture while mixing on medium speed.  If you want to add nuts, do it now.  Pour into three greased bread pans, or two greased loaf pans.  Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  To check to see if it is done, poke the center with a knife or fork before taking it out of the oven, and if it comes out clean then it is done. 

Fresh out of the oven!
Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe-

  • 2 packages of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • Graham cracker crust

Add the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and spices into a bowl and mix on slow at first, then turn up the speed as the ingredients mix in.  Pour into Graham cracker crust that has been set in a greased spring form pan so that you can properly pull the cheesecake out of it after it is done.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.  To check to see if it is done, tap the sides of the pan before taking it out of the oven.  If the middle jiggles only a little, it is finished.  After pulling it out of the oven, let cool for several hours in the fridge.  Serve with Cinnamon-Vanilla Cream or whipped topping.  
Drizzle Cinnamon Vanilla Cream over the top for an extra special treat!

This is sure to make your family smile!  Definitely some of our cool weather favorites!  Now, it just needs to cool down! 

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