In honor of this momentous date. And also because it's the end of the week. And also in continuation of my Thanksgiving Postapalooza. I am going to post the only pumpkin dessert you will ever find me eating. Remember last week when I said I hate pumpkin pie and I had plans for the leftover pumpkin? These, my friends, are those plans...
My Mom gave me this recipe for the first Thanksgiving I ever celebrated with my husband. Years later, she swore she'd never heard of it and I ended up giving it back to her. When she gave it to me she told me she got it from someone at a potluck. It certainly does seem like something that would have come out of some Southern Grandmother's kitchen... Stuff with this much fat and sugar can only come from some Southern Grandmother's kitchen. (Paula Deen, I love you...) It's a little on the sweet side. I like to tame it with a few chopped pecans, though I didn't for demonstration purposes. But I guarantee, when all is said and done, you will want to take a bath in this stuff.
First things first, remove the skins on your pumpkin, and purée the remainder of the flesh. If you don't have quite 2 Cups worth, microwave half a butternut squash or *gasp!* open a can of pumpkin to make up the difference. I found the purée to be too watery for this cake so I drained it for a few minutes in some cheese cloth.
Pumpkin Pie Dessert
1 box yellow cake mix (divided)
1 stick melted butter
1 beaten egg
2 C pumpkin
3/4 C evaporated or whole milk
1 C sugar
1/2 Tbs cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 box Yellow Cake Mix (divided)
1/4 C sugar
1/4 stick softened butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 C Chopped pecans
Whipped cream or ice cream
Preheat oven to 350°.
Take 1 C of cake mix and place into a small bowl. Put the rest of the mix in with a stick of melted butter and 1 beaten egg and mix well. Grease a 9X13 inch pan and press mixture into the bottom to form a crust.
In another bowl, mix pumpkin, milk, sugar, and eggs. Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Pour over crust.
For the topping, mix sugar with the reserved 1 C of cake mix and cinnamon, then incorporate 1/4 stick softened butter. Combine until crumbly. Sprinkle over top. (Now is also the time to sprinkle the pecans if you want them).
Bake for 45 minutes.
I have made this for 11 Thanksgivings, now. It's on its way to becoming a tradition around here. It's enough like pumpkin pie that pie lovers don't feel gypped and it's far enough away from pie that I can actually stand it. And when I say "stand it" I mean "sit down and eat a whole pan by myself." Dare I say it? I have to say it! This dessert goes to Eleven!!