Heart-to-Heart with Diane

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

First Snow!


The first snow makes my kids estatic, but I will miss the flowers, and the gorgeous gold and red leaves. I left some strangers out in the cold accidentally, and that first snow took us all by surprise! I always want to make our jack o' lanterns into pumpkin bread, and these were patiently waiting, but the snow came first—their faces even look startled, don't they?!


Poor apples got it too!

Just in case your pumpkins were more fortunate than mine, and you are still hanging onto them, try my favorite pumpkin recipe: Pumpkin Pike. We named it "Pike" because we were experimenting to create a recipe that my pumpkin-growing (but pumpkin-pie-not-liking) son could enjoy using his home-grown pumpkins. This combination of "pie" and "cake" did the trick. It is really a cake with lots of pumpkin in the recipe—very yummy!


Pumpkin Pike

1 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
4 eggs
1 plus 3/4 cups cooked pumpkin, well drained (or 1/2 of a large 29 oz. can of pumpkin)
2 cups whole wheat flour, freshly ground
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1 cup carob chips or chocolate chips

Cream butter and honey. Add eggs and pumpkin and mix well. Gently stir in flour, baking powder, soda, nuts and carob chips until just blended. Pour into a 9 x 13” glass baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm.

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2 Comments:

  • At November 9, 2008 at 3:43 AM , Blogger tel4him said...

    That recipe sounds delicious! I'm going to have to try it with my kids! Thanks for sharing! :)

     
  • At November 10, 2008 at 5:00 AM , Blogger JOHN said...

    Hey Diane,
    At times, like when it snows early in the season, I wish we too, lived out west. I can't wait to try the Pumpkin Pike.
    Now I am going to change the subject. I am delighted with your blog and look forward to reading it probably daily. I am running a bit behind on your family. When did grandbaby #5 come along? Will I get to see some photos? And last but not least, How is Mr. Rick doing? I have certainly had you and your family in my prayers as you all went through his health struggles. Just thinking of you and thought I would drop you a line.
    Marie in NC

     

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