Pumpkin Doughnut Drops and Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Did you know 90% of the pumpkins grown in the US are grown in Illinois?
Did you know 90% of the pumpkins grown in the US are grown in Illinois?
In 2008, Illinois produced 496 million pounds of pumpkins.
In 2008, Illinois produced 496 million pounds of pumpkins.
These will be so yummy.
These will be so yummy.
These have been glazed with a powdered sugar glaze.  They are just as scrumptious rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
These have been glazed with a powdered sugar glaze. They are just as scrumptious rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

The air is turning cooler. Shorts are being worn less often. Football is on the televsion all weekend. Summer is giving way to autumn. Autumn is time for delights made with pumpkin.

Pumpkin is considered a fruit. The word pumpkin originates from the Greek word "pepon" which means large melon. Pumpkin contains beta - carotene, vitamin a, vitamin c, folate, iron and potassium among many other nutrients. When eating pumpkin, a one cup serving of cooked, mashed and drained pumpkin contains only 49 calories.

Following are two great dessert recipes making use of pumpkin. The doughnuts will make you think you have visited a local doughnut franchise. The pudding is a bowl full of warm delicious comfort.


Pumpkin Doughnut Drops

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger (or use 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice)

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup milk

2 Tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

Heat 3 to 4 inches of oil in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan.

Combine flour, sugar, and spices. In separate bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, oil, vanilla and egg. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened. Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Fry for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Roll warm doughnut drops in a mix of sugar and cinnamon or dust with powdered sugar.



Pumpkin desserts are one of the best things about autumn.  This pumpkin rice pudding is no  exception.
Pumpkin desserts are one of the best things about autumn. This pumpkin rice pudding is no exception.

Mom created this rice pudding when there were still a few days until payday and she wanted to use what she had in the kitchen without having to spend any money. Everyone in her house loved her new dish. You will too.


Pumpkin Rice Pudding

1/2 can pumpkin

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups cooked rice

1/4 cup sour cream

1 egg

3 teaspoons brown sugar

Cook rice per package directions. Mix all ingredients together with the rice and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center does not come out gooey.

Pecans can be added for crunch and extra flavor.



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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

The drops look mouthwatering! Great recipes!


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, for reading, billybuc. Hope you enjoy your pumpkin doughnut drops.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Just in time for SF's start of pumpkin season. Thanks


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Mhatter, Thanks for reading. Have fun with these recipes. Pumpkin season is a great time of year.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I had to stop in here to check out this recipe and I am glad I did. Yum! I love doughnuts and pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors. Thanks for the share on this one.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Teaches, life is good with a pumpkin doughnut in your hand. Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love pumpkin baking! Thanks for the great recipes.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Random, me too. If pumpkin is in it, it's got to be good. Enjoy these recipes and thanks for reading.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Weeee, here we go with the yummy pumpkin recipes again. I just love anything pumpkin! Very yummy hub here. Thanks a million for sharing the recipes dear one. Awesome as always. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Faith. I agree, pumpkin is awesome. I am always on the lookout for new pumpkin recipes. I appreciate you stopping by. Enjoy and blessings.

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