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Monday, November 21, 2011

Pumpkin Love

Below are some of my very favorite pumpkin recipes of all time. That is a pretty big honor, considering how much I like pumpkin and how much of it I have eaten over the years!  Enjoy them in good health. 

...and speaking of health, did you know that pumpkin is good for you?  It is.  And so is the cinnamon and nutmeg that are usually paired with sweet pumpkin desserts.  But these recipes include enough fat and sugar to negate any possible health benefits.  Sorry!!

Ginger Pumpkin Tart
This dessert is as impressive as it is delicious.  And it is worth buying a tart pan if you don't already have one.  Seriously.  But you can make it in a pie pan if you don't have a tart pan and don't want to buy one.  I will add that you can use regular gingersnaps if you can't find the recommended ones from the recipe.  ALSO, if you like plain simple desserts, leave the filling as-is.  But I find it benefits greatly from a capful of pumpkin pie spice stirred into the filling.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/ginger-pumpkin-tart-recipe/index.html

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
This one is something else.  A real crowd-pleaser and quite simple to make.  And NOT as gooey as you would think.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-gooey-butter-cakes-recipe/index.html


Iced Pumpkin Cookies
If you have one of those small ice cream scoops (about the size of a ping-pong ball), that is perfect for dishing these out.  Two words of warning:  1.) These are absolutely addictive.  2.) Do not store these is an airtight container; they are very moist and will turn into cake within a couple of hours.  Just loosely cover them.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/iced-pumpkin-cookies/detail.aspx

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