Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Prep with the House Elf Liaison

It's Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and that brings cooler weather, changing leaves and pumpkins! Pumpkin patches pop up everywhere this time of year, and, while most of the pumpkins sold there aren't the tastiest varieties, that doesn't mean we can't talk about our favorite pumpkin recipes!

The House Elves want to know...What's your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Here's mine, we make these every year-

Pumpkin Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup shortening
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup golden raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix all dry ingredients together thoroughly. Cut in the shortening until fine. In a separate bowl, combine egg, pumpkin and milk. Add this to the dry mixture and mix until just moistened. Stir in raisins. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full. (this recipe is for 12 muffins) If desired you can sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.



  1. I love Pumpkin Pie using the recipe from the side of the Libby's can plus 1/4 - 1/3 cup chopped candied ginger! Yummmmm.

  2. Here's my favorite recipe - Pumpkin Bars III from Allrecipes. The recipe is under "bars" but to me, it's a cake. And it's very yummy!

    4 eggs
    1 2/3 cups white sugar
    1 cup vegetable oil
    1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    6 ounces cream cheese
    6 tablespoons butter, softened
    3 cups confectioners' sugar
    1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
    2.In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread into prepared pan.
    3.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
    4.Prepare the frosting by beating together the cream cheese, butter and confectioner's sugar. Evenly spread over cooled bars.