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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Quick and Creamy Pumpkin Pudding



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've been known to joke that my house is always ready for company, except when it's not. The phone rang at one of my most "not" moments and left me with about three hours to sanitize, beautify and cook for folks we don't see often, but whose company we really enjoy. In the midst of the ensuing chaos, a plan for an easy but festive meal came together. I fell back on my three fall P's of pork, potatoes and pumpkin. Years ago, I made an icebox cake that was always well received. While I had no time to make or set the cake portion of the dessert, I could make the filling and serve it as a creamy, almost mousse-like, pudding. I think you'll really like this one. It is a novel way to serve pumpkin, but it still is in keeping with the spirit of the season. I've used whole milk and heavy cream to make the dessert, but low-fat and non-dairy products can also be used. I love to serve this with my favorite Swedish gingersnaps. A crackling fire and great coffee are also wonderful accompaniments. Here's the recipe.

Creamy Pumpkin Pudding...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 cups cold milk, divided
1 package (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened and at room temperature
2 packages (3.4-oz. each) instant vanilla pudding
1 can (15-oz.) pumpkin puree
Spice Mix:
...1 teaspoon ground ginger
...1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
...1/4 teaspoon ground mace
...1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
...1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1 cup whipped cream

Directions:
1) Place 1/2 cup milk in a small microwave container. Add gelatin. Allow to soften for 2 to 3 minutes. Heat in a microwave oven for about 30 seconds on high power, or until until gelatin is dissolved. Set aside.
2) Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until light and airy. Beat in dissolved gelatin, 1-1/2 cups milk, dry pudding mix, pumpkin, all of spice mix and orange zest. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes until well-blended. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon mixture into individual serving dishes. Chill for at least two hours, or until set. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Raisin Pumpkin Bread - The Food Addicts
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43 comments :

Ginny said...

What a strange recipe! But it looks good...I can't take my eyes off that wild spoon, I want it!! I want a whole set!

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

what a gracious hostess you are and this pumpkin pudding sounds like a good alternative for the iconic pumpkin pie of the season.

im glad to be back in the blogosphere mary...
cheers!
malou

Linda Starr said...

Oh, I'm going to make this; I love pumpkin so another recipe is greatly appreciated.

Alessandra said...

I love pumpkin pudding, and this looks really yum!

Have a nice Sunday, nearly finished here :-)

ciao
Alessandra

Lucie said...

Mmm! This does sound like a great Fall pudding, filled with delicious spices!

The Words Crafter said...

This looks yummy and simple enough I can make it. Thanks!

I posted another comment and I think blogger ate it....

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Sounds great Mary. I'm sure your unexpected guests were very pleased! I've never had the luck of anyone popping in. But I've always imagined the fun/chaos of running around trying to prepare something delicious.

Marcellina said...

We don't cook with a lot of punpkin but at the moment I have 4 pumpkins to use up. Thanks for the recipe and the other links!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have to say this recipe might convince me to try pumpkin as a pudding. I love it roasted, and in soup, generally I don't get much further! Diane

Big Dude said...

This looks like a great pumpkin dessert and there's always room for a little pudding.

An Open Book said...

You have a set of very interesting recipes..and great pictures as well..shall be back:)

Tasha said...

What a wonderful dessert! I've had a little craving for pudding lately and a pumpkin flavored one sounds like quite a treat- epecially served with gingersnaps.

Rita said...

Love you idea of the 3 Ps; That pudding looks creamy and smooth; can almost taste it.

lostpastremembered said...

pumpkin pudding??? never thought of it but what a fab idea and quick too.. thanks Mary... I just roasted my holiday pumpkin so lots of little frozen packages to work with... num!

From the Kitchen said...

I plan to either make this or drop in on you. I'm with Ginny re the spoon. Perfect fall pairing of dessert, plate and background.

Best,
Bonnie

EliFla said...

I like this recipe...thank you!!!Hugs, Flavia

bellini valli said...

Way to go to get a meal together so quickly from planning to fruition. I don't know if I could be so calm before the storm.

Julie said...

Mary - what a wonderful fall dessert! You're amazing to be able to whip up a beautiful dessert and dinner on short notice. I don't do well with short notice :)

Priya said...

Very tempting and droolworthy pudding..

Gloria said...

What lovely dessert dear Mary, x gloria

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love the sounds of this..you could even serve it in mini hollowed out pumpkins!!

Claudia said...

I am loving the cream cheese in it. This is so inventive and what's better than figuring out something on the go and getting to enjoy friends.

Emily Z said...

This looks delicious, I love all the pumpkin recipes we see on each other's blogs this time of year!

Gracie Jewellery said...

This looks yummy. and no flour-yippee. Love your pinks! Happy Pink Saturday. Hey I'm having a giveaway!

♥ Kathy said...

Oh man, that looks good!

Joanne said...

The three p's. Definitely foolproof. I love the sound of this pudding! All of my favorite fall flavors in creamy luscious form.

aipi said...

wow..that looks really nice..I am definitely in the mood for making something pumpkin-y - this just might be the answer!
Love your presentation!

US Masala

Ana Powell said...

I have never seen anything like this before and I am extremely curious now.
Have a great week ♥

Dishesdone said...

Looks delicious! You are some terrific hostess to pull everything together in such a short time!

Jenn said...

I think I could be there in like 3 hours.. will that give you time whip more of this up?? :) What a fantastic hostess you are.. I would have been calling out for pizza!! The pudding looks so good!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

That pumpkin pudding paired with ginger snaps would be the perfect ending for any meal- impromptu or not. It sounds lovely!

Sarah B. said...

YUM!!! Looks delicious :)

Kerstin said...

I love taking pudding mix and doctoring it up - so easy and yummy! You sound like a fantastic hostess too!

Cheryl said...

That looks gorgeous and I have everything to make it! It seems all us bloggers have the same spoon, LOL

Ingrid said...

I bet you are a fabulous hostess! I bet your pumpkin pudding is waaay better than the boxed jello stuff I have in my pantry.
~ingrid

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a taste treat, Mary! I would love to try this. Sounds delicious!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sushma Mallya said...

beautiful pudding..

Nisha said...

WOW what a nice use of pumpkin

mr. pineapple man said...

yum!! ur a genius!

ABowlOfMush said...

This looks so amazingly delicious!!

Lauren said...

This sounds like an absolutely fantastic pumpkin pudding! Given my obsession will all things pumpkin, this recipe is going straight onto my "to make" list.

My Little Space said...

Ooo... I think your grandsons going to enjoy this lovely little treat Especially the little one!
Kristy

Taylor said...

This looks like a perfect dessert for guests...satisfying, yet not too filling! I love it!

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