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September 2008

Barb's Fall Harvest Pumpkin Bread

Since it is officially fall, I felt there was no better time to share mom's "Fall Harvest Pumpkin Bread" recipe. Mom served this hearty loaf bread throughout the fall and winter season. I remember one time she made the pumpkin bread for the adults attending a Halloween Party. I loved the aromas bursting from the oven and couldn't wait to indulge in a slice. Mom told me the bread was Halloween candy for grown-ups and if there was any left over, I could have it. There was never any leftover!

When I became a mom and my daughter was involved with Girl Scouts, I made mini loaves of mom's pumpkin bread and gave them to the parents. I attached a card that said "Grown-up Halloween Candy" and included the recipe on the back. Everyone loved the idea. With the holidays rapidly approaching, I'd be delighted if you baked mom's "Fall Harvest Pumpkin Bread" and give them away as gifts. Feel free to share the recipe with everyone you love and tell them it is a gift from heaven ;-)

BARB'S FALL HARVEST PUMPKIN BREAD

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Yield: 2 bread loaves

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups Sugar
2/3 cup Vegetable shortening
1 1-pound can Pumpkin
4 Eggs
3-1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
2/3 cup Water
1 teaspoon Allspice
1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Grease and flour two 8"x4"x2-1/2" loaf pans.

  3. In large mixing bowl combine sugar and vegetable shortening. Using hand mixer, cream sugar and shortening together on low speed.

  4. Add pumpkin and mix on low for about one minute.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat each egg for 20 seconds, then add another egg until all four eggs are combined with batter.
  6. Using the low setting on the mixer, add flour 1 cup at a time until all 3-1/2 cups are combined with batter.
  7. Add remaining dry ingredients, except for walnuts. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, or until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  8. Add walnuts and using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold nuts into mixture.
  9. Pour half of the batter in each loaf pan and spread mixture evenly.
  10. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven, place on cooling rack.
  12. Cut into 1-inch slices and enjoy!

Cherry Delight Pie

As mentioned in an earlier post, "In Honor of My Mother, the Cooking Queen", my mom passed away on June 26th. She had a love for sharing food with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone who indulged in her desserts, casseroles and home cooking always asked for her recipes.

While I intended to present mom's favorite recipes throughout the month of August, I simply wasn't able to bring myself to open her recipe box. Today, is the first time I have been strong enough to peruse mom's recipe collection.

The first recipe in the box was for Cherry Delight Pie. Mom absolutely loved this dessert because it is super simple to make, it's affordable and everyone who eats it goes bonkers for it. I hope it becomes one of your favorites!

CHERRY DELIGHT PIE

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Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigerate Overnight

INGREDIENTS:

1 - 9-inch Graham Cracker Pie Crust
1 - 8-ounce package Cream Cheese (use low-fat, if desired)
1 cup Confectioner's Sugar (powdered sugar)
3 Tablespoons Milk (whole or 2-percent works best)
1 cup Whipped Cream (mom used Cool Whip)
1 - 15-ounce can Cherry Pie filling

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In medium mixing bowl, add cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and milk. Beat until creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Transfer to graham cracker pie crust and evenly spread mixture.

  3. Top cream cheese mixture with an even layer of whipped cream.
  4. Top with cherry pie filling.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Cut into 8 wedges and top with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired

*Cherry Pie filling can be substituted with blueberry, raspberry, strawberry or blackberry.
** Double ingredients to make 2 pies