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Pumpkin dessert for 14 at T-Day?

scarletcerise Nov 18, 2010 07:07 AM

I have a great pumpkin chiffon pie recipe that I usually do for T-day, but it definitely won't feed our 14 guests this year...and so I want to make a pumpkin dessert that everyone can try.

I was thinking of pumpkin bars that could be made ahead of time, sort of like pumpkin pie but with a firmer, more bar-like consistency and maybe a nice nutty streusal topping. All of my searches for "pumpkin bars" have brought up either pumpkin bread or pumpkin cheesecake bars, which I don't want.

Any recipe ideas that aren't for quick breads? Or ideas on how I could transform a pumpkin pie base into something a bit denser to be cut into bars?

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    que_bella_vida Nov 18, 2010 07:18 AM

    Williams-Sonoma has a pumpkin bar recipe that uses their pumpkin butter.

    On the other hand, we do a pumpkin roll which we like better than pumpkin pie, and my sister has been known to freeze it ahead of time with no ill effects.

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      skippy66 Nov 18, 2010 07:24 AM

      From "The Nantucket Holiday Table" by Susan Simon and Jeffrey Allen


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        Cathy Nov 18, 2010 08:21 AM

        Why can't you slice it into 14/16 even pieces? Or make two pies?

        If I only had one pie plate, I would make the great pie I usually do and make sure everyone got a tiny slice and then also make some other dessert/cookies to go with coffee.

        I'd rather have a taste of something great than a hunk of something you've never made before.

        1. biondanonima Nov 18, 2010 08:29 AM

          Paula Deen has a recipe for Pumpkin Gooey Butter Bars that gets RAVES - I haven't tried it myself, but I know it was suggested on another pumpkin thread on this board and seconded many times. I wanted to make it but there's no way we could eat it all - it makes a ton!


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            arp29 Nov 18, 2010 09:50 AM

            I've tried this and it is delicious and would feed a crowd. It does use a cake mix which is not some people's "thing".

          2. ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 08:42 AM

            The current issue of Everyday Food has a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Tiramisu that looks delicious (I'm making it myself). I think it serves 8, but you can easily double the recipe.

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              Eat.Choui Nov 18, 2010 02:40 PM

              Pumpkin Tiramisu! I'm definitely trying this out this weekend for a "test run" before Thanksgiving.

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              cathycc Nov 18, 2010 08:49 AM

              How about a pumpkin trifle with a layer of pumpkin mousse?

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                mandycat Nov 18, 2010 02:12 PM

                I came across this recipe on Salon for a Pumpkin Gingerbread Pudding, which I have saved but not yet tried. It describes itself as "Like a trifle, but not as rich. Like a souffle, but heavier. Like a pie prepared in a cake pan, best when served slightly warm." It's made in a Bundt pan and looked very pretty in the final picture. It sounds very rich, especially if served with the recommended whiskey sauce, so a little should go a long way. I love gingerbread and I kind of like pumpkin pie but I'll have to try the combination before I'm a true believer.


              2. DiningDiva Nov 18, 2010 09:01 AM

                The November issue of Fine Cooking has a pumpkin brown butter cake on the cover that looks delicious. In fact, that's what I'm making next week instead of pie. Definitely think you'd get 12-14 servings out of it.

                1. ipsedixit Nov 18, 2010 09:52 AM

                  Pumpkin bread pudding?

                  Or, if you want something sweet-savory, a pumpkin macaroni and cheese?

                  1. aching Nov 18, 2010 11:45 AM

                    I highly recommend these Date Pecan Pumpkin Squares - they are amazing!


                    1. mattstolz Nov 18, 2010 12:57 PM


                      mix in some chewy gingersnaps and youve got my favorite ice cream to date.

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                        Athena Nov 18, 2010 02:00 PM

                        @scarletcerise - please may I have your pumpkin chiffon pie recipe?! My future daughter-in-law works for an American company and will have the day off and has decided to make Thanksgiving dinner - I had a pie like that many years ago and it was amazing (we're not fans of the traditional kind)

                      2. JEN10 Nov 18, 2010 02:34 PM

                        Pumpkin Dumpcake. This is so easy, and it has been around forever everyone loves it.
                        1-16 oz canned pumpkin
                        1-12 oz can evaporated milk
                        1 C. sugar
                        3 eggs
                        1/4 tsp cinnamon
                        1 box yellow cake mix
                        1 C. chopped pecans
                        1 C. melted butter

                        mix together: pumpkin, evap. milk, sugar, eggs. & cinnamon
                        pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan
                        sprinkle cake mix over the top, scatter the nuts over the cake mix, drizzle the butter on top.

                        pop in a pre heated 350 oven for 1 hour.

                        can be served warm or chilled.

                        1. goodhealthgourmet Nov 18, 2010 03:36 PM

                          i vote for pumpkin bread pudding or pumpkin pudding cake.

                          but if you want to do something *really* easy, make a pumpkin ice cream cake or an icebox pie - no baking required and you can make either one in a large baking dish to feed the crowd...i'd use a gingerbread/gingersnap or graham cracker crust, and serve it with fresh whipped cream and a maple caramel sauce.

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