Thursday, October 3, 2013

Great Pumpkin Dessert...

... that's its name and it lives up to it.

I mentioned in a post earlier this week (here) about all the specialty pumpkin products I saw on my weekly trip to Aldi.  It really got me wanting something, anything pumpkin flavored so I bought a can of pumpkin and after returning home, started searching for a recipe that sounded gooey and delicious and pumpkiny. 

After searching Pinterest ( for waaay too long), then pulling out all of my cookbooks,  I found it in one of my favorite cookbooks, Taste of Home's 2000 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes.  I knew I had found The One as soon as I saw it.  So, for your enjoyment, if you so choose, here's the recipe compliments of Taste of Home.  ( You can find the recipe and a picture at their website .)

Great Pumpkin Dessert
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice *
1 package (18 1/4 ounces ) yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients.  Transfer to a greased 13" x 9" x 2" baking pan.  Sprinkle with dry cake mix and drizzle with butter.  Top with nuts.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. 
Yield:  12-16 servings
*I didn't have pumpkin pie spice so I substituted with 2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon,
1/2 teaspoon each ginger, nutmeg, allspice

And here's the dessert in her (almost) full glory.

Note:  My daughter and I both have this cookbook and we like to let the other know when we try out a new recipe in it.  So Heather, this recipe is on page 74 and earned my Great! rating.  :)


  1. Just what I need, another 5 lbs. on me. But, I am going to bake it, anyway.

    1. You're funny Diane. I ate a piece as my entrée after eating a bowl of vegetables. :) Please let me know if you like it.

  2. Looks yummy! I love seasonal foods! Angela

  3. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe! I'm a new follower!

  4. Oh, that looks delicious, Sherry! I love desserts like this! Taste of Home is one of my favorite recipe sources and I do love pinterest, too, even if it does end up taking too much of my time:( Have a nice day! Twyla

  5. Oh, it does look like it wins the GREAT rating! Yum!


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