Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Here is another Thanksgiving recipe for all you people who have probably already shopped or already have these items in your cupboard. You won't find it boring or just like every other pumpkin pie and it will certainly wake up your taste buds. My daughter Becky makes this dessert every year when she goes to the fall family get-together. Try it out and let me know if you like it better than plain pumpkin pie.

3 cups solid packed pumpkin
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup evaporated milk (add water to make two cup)

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cup melted butter

In large mixing bowl combine eight  top ingredients and pour in rectangular cake pan.Then sprinkle top of pumpkin mixture with entire box of yellow cake mix. Next sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Finally melt 1 1/2 sticks of butter and pour over cake mix. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Serve with Redi Wip or ice cream. Are you going to change your favorite pumpkin dish to Pumpkin Pie Cake?

My Michele Pumpkin Cake

This year I didn't have any grandchildren to help me cook for Thanksgiving. So sadly, I had to make this cake on my own. My sister Wilma sent this pumpkin cake recipe that looked very simple and interesting. She named it "My Michele Pumpkin Cake" for the friend who gave her the recipe. Thank you Michele. I hope you don't mind if I made a few changes.

I mixed this cake and had it ready for the oven in seven minutes--and I'm slow. Imagine what you can do with it--super easy and delicious. Your kids could make this cake with very little help. Remember to put the cake in the oven yourself and then remove it.  Make ahead and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
2 tbsp. water
1 can sweetened condensed milk
butter brickle pieces
"Readdi Wip" or your favorite whipped topping

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first three ingredients until smooth. You may need to add a little more water. Your batter should be about the consistency of pancake batter. Pour into a greased rectangular cake pan and bake until light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and prick top with a toothpick (20-30 times) and pour one can of sweetened condensed milk over warm cake. Allow to cool for about an hour before serving or store in refrigerator for later. When ready to serve, top with Readdi Wip or whipped topping. Sprinkle with Butterbrickle pieces and/or caramel syrup. This is rich and decadent, so serve it in small pieces. Store covered in refrigerator.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

Recently, during Hurricane Sandy, we lost our electrical power. We couldn't use the oven, so I thought of a cookie I used to make with the kids that didn't need to be baked. It was made with raw oatmeal and a chocolate concoction that was cooked on top of the gas stove.

As I recall during winter snowstorms we used to make these fudgy little morsels and decided we'd make some for the family while we sat out the storm.

Make sure you get these basic ingredients before the next big nor'easter hits.

2 Cups sugar
3 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 Stick butter
1/2 Cup milk
2 1/2 Cup instant oatmeal
1/2 Cup peanut butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

In a medium saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil and stir for about two minutes. Remove from stove and add oats, vanilla, and peanut butter. Beat until blended and starts to thicken.

Drop mixture onto wax paper by the teaspoonful and allow to cool.

These are great snacks with a glass of milk. Play a board game with the kids--Candy land or Scrabble or get a little exercise with Twister. How about cards, Old Maid, or Go Fish.

These times, when the pace changes and you depend on each other for entertainment and fun, are unforgettable.

I have a niece who was having so much fun with her parents during a blackout that, when the lights came back on, she turned them off and said, "Continue." And they did.