Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Sorry Sound of a Forgetful Blogger

Well I’d say I have been slacking off on my blog entries but I don’t think 5 months would be considering “slacking off”. I think that would be considered abandonment. I promise it was not intentional. When I was in High School, (goodness 4 years ago! Where did 4 years go?!) I was quite the little blogger. I must be growing boring and forgetful in my 20s. Such a sad and terrible age.

My Cooking Friends are responsible for lighting the fire again. Most all of those wonderful ladies have a blog of their own, and they contribute to it often. So why not me? They all lead busy lives and yet they managed to set aside a portion of their time to “the blog”.

Wow, that sounds menacing. “The blog”. And it sure can be. Putting your thoughts, hopes, dreams, out into cyberspace is a very intimidating thing. But I’ve managed to come this far with a few simple posts, why not go all the way!

We’ll pick up where I left off…recipes.

Christmas is barely over so there are many recipes to discuss. I’ll just tell you about my new favorite dessert that has quickly become a family tradition.

It’s officially called “Great Pumpkin Dessert” but the members of my family have deemed it a lesser sounding name, “Pumpkin Cake”. Inferior name, but the taste makes up for it. It’s a recipe I was turned onto by a friend and can be found on the website Allrecipes.com. I’ve made a few changes which I will state in red.

Great Pumpkin Dessert (Pumpkin Cake)

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

3 eggs

1 cup white sugar

4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I also sprinkled some cinnamon in)

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

3/4 cup butter, melted (I used 1 cup, otherwise not all of the cake mix absorbs it)

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (I used about 3 cups of pecans, I just prefer them and a LOT of them)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar and spice. Mix well, and pour into a 9x13 inch pan.
  3. Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top, then drizzle with melted butter. Top with walnuts.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. (Mine took about 1 hour 10 mins)

I would have taken a picture if it had lasted that long. Note to self: always take pictures before you serve, BEFORE you serve!


HoneyB said...

Alyson! It is so good to see you back again! :)

Remember, no matter how hungry those wolves are....get pics! ;) HUGGS!!

What A Dish! said...

Hi Alyson! I think I've had a cake similar to that one!

Linda said...

This is what my daughter wants to make for us--I had it years ago, and it is delish!

Maybe you could take a pic of the empty plate. :))

Alyson's Wonderland said...

Even the dishes were licked clean! LOL

Katypi said...

I love just about pumpkin anything, and this looks good! Great post; thanks for sharing!