Baking with Pumpkins Part 2


Mom's pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving is just one week away.  Looking for more pumpkin recipes?  Here is Part 2 of Baking with Pumpkin recipes.

I remember my mom slaving in the kitchen for hours, not days, but weeks before; buying supplies early to make sure she had everything for our turkey dinner and her homemade pumpkin pies.

But, what I remember and miss the most is the smell of her homemade pumpkin pies.  Filling our entire house with the aroma of the spices and pumpkin pie, you could smell it all the way upstairs.  If you love spices in your pumpkin pie, you’ve got to try this recipe.


pumpkin pie

 Pumpkin Pie

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl oz) Nestle Carnation evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked 9 inch deep dish pie shell
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl.
  3. Beat eggs in large bowl.  Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture.  Gradually stir in evaporated milk.  Pour into pie shell.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.
  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate.  If desired, top with whipped cream before serving.


spicy pumpkin pound cake

 Spicy Pumpkin Pound Cake

  • 2 ½  cups cake flour
  • 1 ½  teaspoons baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ½  teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½  teaspoon ground gutmeg
  • 1 ½  teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½  teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature (separated)
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon Whiskey or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (can or fresh)
  • ½  teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • powder sugar for dusting the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a 10-inch tube pan or 12-cup Bundt cake pan with vegetable spray and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom. Set aside.
  4. Separate eggs.  Place yolks in a small bowl and whites in a large mixing bowl.
  5. In another large bowl, beat the butter until smooth.  Add the brown sugar a half-cup at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in Bourbon Whiskey or vanilla and continue beating for about 3 minutes.
  6. Beat the yolks, then add to sugar mixture, one-third at a time.  Scrape down sides of bowl as you mix.
  7. Add pumpkin puree and beat until smooth. With a wooden spoon, stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture. Beat just until dry ingredients are incorporated. Continue adding remaining flour in two batches. Set aside.
  8. Add cream of tartar to egg whites and beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold whites into pumpkin batter.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Gently spread batter evenly around pan. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate. Allow to completely cool. Dust with powdered sugar.



pumpkin walnut cream cheese muffins

Pumpkin Walnut Cream Cheese Muffins

  •  1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups prepared baking mix (Bisquick)
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F, and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Stir together walnuts and ginger in a small bowl.  Place half the mixture in a large mixing bowl and stir in dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk together pumpkin, milk, butter, and egg in a medium bowl.  Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Fold in cream cheese and spoon into prepared muffin cups; sprinkle with remaining walnut mixture.
  4. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.



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