Too Much Pumpkin?

Now is the time to get good sales on canned pumpkin.  But can pumpkin puree be too much of a good thing?  I would have to say “no!”  I love everything pumpkin.  I do have puree frozen, but I also like to pick up a few at the store if they are on sale.

If you are tired of pumpkin, let me revitalize your thoughts on pumpkins a little and share with you a couple of scrumptious recipes.  I must say, they are my two favorite pumpkin recipes.  Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffins and Pumpkin Eggnog.  Now, I have had pumpkin chocolate chip muffins before, but these are by far the best I’ve ever made!  And, the pumpkin eggnog, oh my!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

-1 2/3 cup flour
-1 cup sugar
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp ginger
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1 tsp allspice
-1 egg
-1 cup pumpkin
-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup chocolate chips (being extreme chocolate lovers, we make it 2 cups)

Begin by greasing muffin pan or use muffin cups.
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat egg then mix in pumpkin and butter.
Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture, stirring constantly until well blended.
Mix in chocolate chips.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Enjoy with a nice warm cup of coffee!  What a way to start the morning!

Pumpkin Eggnog

Makes 6 cups

-3 cups milk
-1/2 cup plain yogurt
-1/2 cup whipping cream
-2 pasteurized liquid eggs or egg substitute ( If you raise your own eggs, why pasteurize?)
-1 cup pumpkin
-1/4 honey
-1/4 sugar
-2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1 tsp ginger

Put the milk, yogurt, whipping cream and eggs in blender and blend until frothy.  If you do not want to make the eggnog, just omit these 3 ingredients and add a quart of prepared eggnog.
Add the pumpkin, honey and sugar and blend well.
Mix spices and blend into eggnog.

Serve in glasses and sprinkle nutmeg on top.  Don’t forget this last step!  It does make a difference.

Enjoy all those extra cans of pumpkin!

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9 comments on “Too Much Pumpkin?

  1. Susie, I am planning to make the muffins and the eggnog!!! they sound wonderful and I NEVER get tired of pumpkin, especially with the warm and savory spices!
    Note: I tried to click on the December Kick-off Special banner and it appears inactive. Hope I'm wrong :-/
    Many blessings,

  2. Both recipes look yummy! I have some pumpkins sitting on the porch that need to be baked and used, and…I have the same cans of pumpkin in my pantry that I found at our local grocery outlet.

    Today, I tried a pumpkin soup recipe from Twelve Months of Monastery Soups. It was okay, and needs some tweaking.

  3. Ladies, I'm telling ya, these are so good! And I have made flops before when it comes to pumpkin and chocolate chips! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Did you know that we can't buy tinned pumpkin in Australia so I have to cook and puree any pumpkin I need for these recipes which kind-of puts me off!!! However I have pumpkin growing in my garden right now so I am hoping to cook up a large amount and freeze it so I have it on hand.

    We just got our first Costco here and it does sell a large amount of US products (and I'm doing my bit to help your economy) and I was disappointed to not find any tinned pumpkin!!

  5. Wow! Why do they not sell tinned pumpkin?

    Costco is a wonderful store! I buy there once every two months and stock up on great deals. They also have some very useful coupons!

    Glad to 'see' you here from Australia!

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