I love pumpkins. They signify fall to me, and Halloween is just the beginning. I love their shapes, their colors (my favorite color is of course orange), and their tastes… Really everything from butter to muffins to breads to pancakes to pies to ice cream (I can go on and on). I just can’t get enough. Luckily you can buy canned pumpkin year round. If you can’t in your area, now is the perfect time to stock up.
Here’s some photos from this year’s trip to the pumpkin patch. We go to the same one every year (Peter’s Patch at the Springhill Jersey Cheese Co.), so I won’t bore you with the same blog (read last year’s). However we experience it new every year as we share it with someone different each year. This year with friends with kids. It was such fun to see the kids all having full together: milking cows, digging potatoes, petting donkeys, choosing pumkpins and racing up hay bales. Here are a few favorite photos from the day.
I found this amazing looking recipe for pumpkin pudding from one of the Top Chef Dessert Judges on the Daily Candy website. I’m hoping to recipe test it for something different for this year’s Thanksgiving table. If you try it before me, let me know how it goes.
½ c. milk
¾ c. brown sugar
1 15-oz. can of pumpkin
1½ tsp. pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. cream of tartar (optional)
1/3 c. sugar
1. Dissolve gelatin in water and set aside.
2. Combine egg yolks, milk, brown sugar, and pumpkin in saucepan, stir well, and cook over
medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in spice and vanilla, and then add gelatin mixture.
4. With handheld or stand mixer, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form
(about four minutes). Slowly add white sugar and fold into the pumpkin mixture.
5. Divide among teacups, cute little bowls, or carved-out mini pumpkins, and refrigerate until
6. Garnish with fresh whipped cream.
*NOTE* November 23rd Update – DISSAPPOINTING PUDDING
I made the pudding and while my family enjoyed it, I did not. It had a texture that I didn’t care for. Not like a creamy pudding at all – more like pumpkin pie filling. I didn;t feel it was special enough for the big day. Please note it makes much more than the recipe stated “4 servings”. It filled 8 parfait glasses!