When you're ready to break tradition and offer something besides pumpkin pie, try these cold and creamy ideas
Let's face it - by the time you reach the Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pie - which is a course in itself - there's not much room left in most stomachs to warrant a race to get in line for the biggest piece. The down side is that for many of us, this the only time of year we indulge in the guts of a pumpkin.
With a little advance warning, it may be possible to fly in the face of tradition with a selection of other pumpkin desserts - the smooth and creamy ones.
Here are a few quick and easy pumpkin desserts that should tickle anyone's fancy. The first version is for the kids; the second includes rum for the adult palate. Even better, they're light enough to not require much space on top of the turkey, gravy, sweet and mashed potatoes and dressing.
Easy (and fast) Pumpkin Pudding
1 package vanilla
instant pudding and pie filling mix
Follow directions for pudding and pie filling by adding the evaporated milk and beating. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes. Remove and blend in canned pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice. Fill parfait or pudding bowls and refrigerate until ready to serve. Leave for a few hours if possible. Top with the whipped cream and serve.
- Adult Version
1 cup canned pumpkin
Use a small saucepan
and place on low heat. Add rum and keep it warm only. Add gelatin -
stir gently and constantly until dissolved. Remove from heat. Beat eggs
in a large bowl, adding sugar until it thickens and becomes lighter
in texture. Use a second bowl to blend pumpkin and the spices. Combine
all the mixtures and stir. Add the heavy cream and blend thoroughly,
but gently. Fill small dessert bowls and refrigerate, preferably overnight.
Mixture should become firm. Top with whipped cream and serve.
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