October 13, 2006

Some pumpkin recipes...

Wilm, I did not forget you... I dug through my recipes this week and found my Mom's recipes for Pumpkin bread and Pumpkin muffins. I know I have said she doesn' t cook and she never really did cook much but she has always done great with baking. These are yummy!!! I will be tweaking them to use with my whole wheat but here are the basic original recipes.

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1 cup oil (I use canola)
1 #2 can pumpkin (I believe this about a 20 ounce can or 2 1/2 cups)
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts (I use pecans or walnuts)
1 cup raisins (I will also use craisins or dried cranberries)
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. soda

Grease and flour large or 3 medium loaf pans and set aside. Cream the oil, sugar and eggs together. Ad the sifted dry ingredients and pumpkin and mix well. Add the nuts and raisins.
Pour into loaf pans until half full and then bake in a 325 degree F oven for 1 hour or until golden on top. These freeze well and you can also make muffins with this recipe.

Pumpkin Muffins

This recipe maked a dozen muffins and my Mom used this when she was on Weight Watchers.

2/3 cup nonfat dry milk - use dry
6 Tbsp. flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie or apple pie spice or cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar (or turbinado) - if you want to use a sugar substitute you can use the brown sugar twin, splenda or equal product.
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
1 cup grated carrots (about two large carrots)
4 Tbsp. raisins (again, you can use dried cranberries)

Combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine the eggs and vanilla. Add the pumpkin and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and carrots and raisins, if you are using them, go in at this point. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray and pour in batter about 2/3 full in each section. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 35 minutes.

Stew is coming later today... :)


  1. Anonymous9:45 PM

    I knew that you wouldn't forget me (thanks - I got the WAH message too!)and I know you're busy.

    Thanks so much for those.

    Will look out for the next good special on pumpkin and give those a try!!!

    Cheers, Wilm

  2. Hi,
    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog. I love your meal plans and attempts at feeding your family healthier. I try to get my mother to do the same(plan mainly, to save money). She is very much pick up some stuff with a few meals planned, and has to go back to the store often. She cooks, but doesn't enjoy it, but taught us well. I guess I felt some fondness torwards you b/c my father is a S. Baptist Exec(over the state of WV) and it is just neat to see other people, especially ones that love food/blogging as much as me.