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Monday, November 23, 2009

Pumpkin Dessert


Just a few more days until Thanksgiving, and if you haven't got your holiday feast planned, you better get a move on!

Traditionally, pumpkin pie is the dessert to finish off the meal. The tradition has historical roots since pumpkin was one of the foods introduced to Europeans by the native American peoples. I've read that colonists made pumpkins into pies as early as the 1600s.

Pumpkin pie is not to everyone's liking, but there are many ways to dress up, or revamp, the traditional pie. Some people top a plain pie with crunch:
Prepare the traditional pie as directed, bake for 15 minutes. Combine:
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
Cut in 2 tablespoons butter and work together until crumbs are formed.
Add:
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
After the pie has baked for 15 minutes, add the crumb mixture and continue to bake according to directions.

Some dessert makers combine pumpkin puree with vanilla ice cream to make a frozen pumpkin pie. Still others skip the puree/ice cream mix and simply purchase ready-made pumpkin ice cream.

This Thanksgiving, don't serve pie at all--try some other pumpkin desserts such as the ones found in Caroline Boisset's Pumpkins and Squashes: Gardening, Craft and Recipes [641.6562 BOI]. Boisset made my mouth water with the recipes for treats such as "Pumpkin Honey Oatmeal Cookies," "Anardi" ("This traditional combination of pumpkin and almonds soaked in syrup is typical of Mediterranean countries."), and, "Pumpkin and Orange Roulade." Browse through our holiday and dessert cookbooks for more alternatives to the same old pumpkin pie.

Photo by twoshortplanks

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