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PostHeaderIcon Pumpkin Pie and Pancakes

The other day at the store my family spotted pie pumpkins. We just had the discussion a few days prior about how pumpkin pie is made from pie pumpkins and not the ones you carve. So when they all saw the pie pumpkins, I heard three voices begging “make pie!”. Of course I had no choice but to do as the family wanted.

I don’t know how, but we always have a perfect amount for 2 pies and a round of pumpkin pancakes. In between soccer games, school work, and remodeling the kitchen I managed to get the pie pumpkin cooked and at least tossed in the fridge for later. I may end up doing this all the time, since it was a lot easier to work with cold.

The Pie Pumpkin Recipes

If you’ve been an Idea Queen reader for awhile you may have seen these recipes scattered about. Since they are my favorites and work so well together, I have to mention them again.

Cooking Pie Pumpkin

Wash and cut a pie pumpkin in half, crosswise. Remove seeds and strings. Place in baking pan face down, shell up, in 1/2″ water. Bake in a 325* F oven for 1 hour or more, until tender. Scrape the pulp from the shell and put in through a ricer or strainer (optional – we never strainer our pumpkin pulp and it’s always made some fantastic pies and pancakes!).

Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe

3 cups cooked pumpkin
4 eggs beaten
1 1/4 white sugar
1/2 cut brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice (or nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
12oz can evaporated milk
2 pastry shells (we use graham cracker crust)

Mix together with a hand blender until creamy and smooth. Pour into pastry shells and bake in a 400* F oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (approx 45 mins).

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

2 c Bisquick
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1 (120z) can Evaporated Milk
1/2 c Pumpkin
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix together Bisquick, brown sugar, and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix togethr eggs, milk, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla. Use hand mixer to make sure you get a smooth blend.Stir in dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle (or pan, if you need to). Turn when bubbles form on top of pancake.

Last night we did a pumpkin dinner night, where we had just pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin pie. The kids thought it was a real treat and we had a blast making it! Today we’ll be using the seeds to make some yummy pumpkin seed snacks.

If you have any fantastic pumpkin recipes that use fresh pumpkin, please be sure to leave a comment!

PostHeaderIcon Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Another fantastic recipe passed to me by my mother. Everyone loves pumpkin bars, especially when frosted with cream cheese frosting!

Pumpkin Bars
4 eggs
1 c oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups fresh pumpkin – or 15oz can pumpkin
2 cups flour
1tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix eggs, oil, sugar, and pumpkin in large bowl, beat well. Add rest of ingredients and pour into greased and floured 12×18 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting – cream cheese is best!

PostHeaderIcon Pumpkin Pie Cake Recipe

A delicious recipe passed to me by my mother. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Mix together:
2 3/4 cup fresh pumpkin
12oz can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Pour into ungreased 9×13 pan. Mix 1 cup chopped nuts with 1 yellow cake mix. Melt 1 cup oleo and mix in cake/nut mixture. Crumble over top. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Top with cool whip when cool.

PostHeaderIcon Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

This is day three of our pumpkin recipe week! Check back as all week we’ll be featuring pumpkin recipes using fresh pumpkin (no canned pumpkin in our house!)

Be sure to get our directions for cooking your own fresh pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

2 c Bisquick
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1 (120z) can Evaporated Milk
1/2 c Pumpkin
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix together Bisquick, brown sugar, and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix togethr eggs, milk, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla. Use hand mixer to make sure you get a smooth blend.Stir in dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle (or pan, if you need to). Turn when bubbles form on top of pancake.

One of our yummy favorite breakfast meals, that doesn’t take as much time as you think. Makes a whole lot of pancakes (about a dozen or more, depending on the size), so be sure to invite some friends over to help you out if need be!

PostHeaderIcon Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This awesome pumpkin pie recipe kicks off our week of pumpkin recipes using fresh pumpkin! For details on how to cook your pumpkin, see this post. While you can use a full sized pumpkin, we highly recommend a pie pumpkin since they’re much easier to cook.

You will be absolutely amazed at the difference between using fresh pumpkin verses canned pumpkin in a pie. The taste is amazing, and you’ll never find a better pie from a store!

Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe

3 cups cooked pumpkin
4 eggs beaten
1 1/4 white sugar
1/2 cut brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice (or nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
12oz can evaporated milk
2 pastry shells (we use graham cracker crust)

Mix together with a hand blender until creamy and smooth. Pour into pastry shells and bake in a 400* F oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (approx 45 mins).

Enjoy!

PostHeaderIcon How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin

Cooking Pie PumpkinDuring the month of October there are tons of recipes floating around Pinterest for all things pumpkin. So you went to the pumpkin patch with the kids, picked out a pie pumpkin with the promise of making treats. Now that you are home and ready to try out all those pumpkin recipes, you are left with one important question…. How do I cook a pumpkin?

It really isn’t as difficult as it seems. All you need is:

Large baking dish/pan (we use a 11 x 14 glass casserole dish)
Pie pumpkin (NOT a carving pumpkin – pie pumpkins are much smaller)
Water

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