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Nov 27, 2007 09:16 AM

Your favorite NON-pie pumpkin dessert?

Love pumpkin, getting sick of pie already (and it's only 5 days after Thanksgiving, ruh-roh.) I'd really like to do some variations on the ol' pumpkin dessert thing for all the upcoming holiday parties this year. Any ideas from creative/experienced Chow minds? Recipes would be a huge plus as well. Thanks!

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  1. A basic one - a trifle - but pumpkin mousse, or simply pumpkin folded into whipped cream, with gingerbread and cranberry sauce.

    Pumpkin flan

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    1. re: jsaimd

      I found this: 'super-simple pumpkin tiramisu' in and it sounds very good.

      1. re: dolores

        Here's the link to that Epicurious super-simple pumpkin tiramisu.

    2. pumpkin cheesecake? i made a fabulous one for was a big hit and not very hard!

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      1. re: vballgal

        I agree on the pumpkin cheesecake. Everyone loves it. Nice change from pie.

        1. re: mvi

          cooks' illustrated online has a great one, but you need to subscribe to get access to it.

      2. not very chowie but i love the roll cake with the cream cheese filling. i mean pumpkin and cream cheese - mmmmmm..........

        and i have a recipe if you need/want.

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        1. re: AMFM

          Love the pumpkin roll!! Here in the Philadelphia area the Amish sell the pumpkin roll with the cream cheese filling and it is very inexpensive from the farmers markets. One of my favorite things is to freeze it and defrost slightly before eating it. Delicious!

          1. re: mschow

            Here's the recipe:

            Pumpkin Roll

            2/3 cup packed pumpkin (i use canned)
            3 eggs
            1 cup sugar
            1 tsp salt
            1 tsp baking soda
            1 tsp cinnamon - i go over a bit but not too much because you don't want to overwhelm the pumpkin
            3/4 cup flour

            heat oven to 350

            mix all ingredients well. line jelly roll pan with wax paper. spray with pam. pour batter into pan. bake 12-15 minutes. will be somewhat sponge-y.
            while hot, take clean dish towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar. flip cake onto towel. wrap edges around cake to cover as much as you can and then roll.

            8 oz cream cheese
            4 tbsp butter
            1 1/2 tsp vanilla
            1 cup powdered sugar
            Beat until creamy. Unroll cake, spread filling. Reroll & sprinkle with powdered sugar. Chill until "set".
            Slice and serve. Enjoy!

        2. bread pudding with dried cranberries and caramel sauce.

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          1. re: cyberroo

            i second the bread pudding! a friend brought us one last sunday - weight watchers friendlier than usual - it was delish!

          2. I love pumpkin ice cream/frozen custard. I don't have a recipe; my grandfather used to make it. I found this, though, which looks like a frozen custard base.


            I don't know whether you have an ice cream maker or a paddle-dry ice-salt style i.c. freezer, but this recipe is one of those easy ones for the home freezer. That's how my grandfather used to do it.