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Cooking with The Beehive! A Passion for Pumpkin – The Arizona Beehive
Cooking With The Beehive

Cooking with The Beehive! A Passion for Pumpkin

Cooking with The Beehive RecipesLet’s face it – Americans are passionate about pumpkins! From Plymouth colony, to Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow, to Cinderella’s coach, and even pumpkin-flavored lip gloss – our largest winter squash has rolled their way into our literature, art, culture and most importantly, our taste buds! The carved pumpkin we know as a Halloween icon only dates from the mid-1800s, but archaeological evidence shows they’ve been around as a food source over 7000 years. The hardy pumpkin is a great source of Vitamin A and a versatile food for cooking—especially favorite treats.

Even here in Arizona where “autumn” leaves don’t start dropping until February, we can’t resist the aroma of delicious pumpkin goodies in the fall. My pumpkin square recipe has been thoroughly vetted by family and friends as the best treat of the season. For those who like a little lighter fair, I’ve included my version of a quick and refreshing pumpkin smoothie. Roll on, Great Pumpkin!

A Passion for Pumpkin:  Start your autumn day with a quick and refreshing pumpkin smoothie, or top off your evening with warm, irresistible spiced pumpkin squares. Photo by Diane Gordon.

A Passion for Pumpkin: Start your autumn day with a quick and refreshing pumpkin smoothie, or top off your evening with warm, irresistible spiced pumpkin squares. Photo by Diane Gordon.

Mama Gordon’s Spiced Pumpkin Squares

(The aroma will call everyone to your kitchen.)

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup oil

4 large eggs

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

dash of ground cloves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend liquid ingredients thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Lightly grease and flour 11×17 jelly roll pan. (If you double the recipe, use the larger 15×22 size.) Pour batter in and spread evenly. Bake 25 minutes in center of oven.

Let cool thoroughly, then frost with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with Candy Corn or Mallow Pumpkins. Cut into 2” squares and serve.

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting:

Soften 8 oz. cream cheese. Add 16 oz. powdered sugar, 1 cube margarine and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Blend well and chill slightly before spreading. (Yes, you can also use ready-made cream cheese frosting, but homemade is always preferable!)

Pumpkin-Eater Smoothie

(The kids will love this light and tasty drink—it’s also a good bet for grown-ups watching their calories as the holiday season looms on the horizon!)

1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree

3 generous scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt

1 ½ cups almond milk

½ cup fresh or canned pineapple tidbits (drained)

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon cinnamon

dash of allspice

dash of ground cloves

2 cups of ice

Directions:

Blend until smooth. Pour into chilled mugs or glasses. Makes 3-4 servings. Enjoy!

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