We visited the pumpkin patch locally here, twice this month, once with the MOPS group and once with homeschool moms from church. In the end we came home with 8 pumpkins!
This of course is wonderful and i am pulling out all my recipes for pumpkin and of course, like I said in the last post, looking for more. Here are a couple of my favorites already! They are wonderful frugal ways to use up pumpkin.
1 2/3 c. sugar
1 can (16 oz) or 2 c. pumpkin
2/3 c. water
3 1/3 c. all purpose flour (I have used part whole wheat)
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground cloves
<p> Heat oven to 350. Grease 2 large loaf pans with shortening or cooking spray (I like to use shortening rather than oil as otherwise they stick) or 3 smaller ones (not the real small ones, but the smaller loaf ones)
Mix butter and sugar, add eggs, pumpkin and water. Blend in dry ingredients. Pour into pans. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about an hour and 10 min. Cool slightly before removing from pans. Store wrapped in the fridge.
Pumpkin Sheet Cake
I actually tried this one last winter with winter squash and pumpkin. It turned out good, although the winter squash was a little more bland.
4 eggs, beaten
1 c. sugar (I cut it in half already, if you like things sweeter, you may want more.)
1/2 t. salt
2 t. soda
2 c. flour
1 c. oil
2 c. pumpkin
2 c. flour
1/2 t. cinnamon
The more you beat the eggs, the higher the cake. Mix altogether and bake in jelly roll pan at 350 for 20-25 minutes. I do not remember, but I think I added more pumpkin and cut down the oil a little, (Later, I have used more pumpkin and only used 1/4 to 1/3 c. oil in the cake). It is really good with cream cheese icing, but that sort of takes away from the frugal part of it, unless you get it really cheap!
I am thinking about experimenting with pumpkin Whoopee pies…..I have not had those in a long time. Hmmm, I would have to get brave, those are alot of work!
Postscript: Question in comments asked how I cooked them. I have found the easiest way if I want mashed pumpkin, just to halve it, pull out the seeds and place skin side up in a cookie sheet and bake until soft. Then I scoop the insides out and mash it up. We also like the pumpkin seeds fried.
Tonights dinner was Cheddar Chowder. It sure was good too! it cost about $3 to make and we have plenty for another meal.
It is all full of potatoes, carrots, celery and some turkey ham in a cheesy, creamy sauce.