Pumpkin Dream Pie
What makes your home smell better in the Fall than the scent of fresh baked pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies or pumpkin bread?
It is during the autumn season that we get our old recipe boxes out and dust them off and begin baking all of those old-time favorite recipes. Each year we eagerly add new pumpkin recipes; while our minds are beginning to think how to turn these sweet spicy recipes into homemade goody gifts!
There is nothing better than giving baked goods to your surrounding neighbors and friends, especially warm pumpkin bread or a container with fresh pumpkin soup with homemade croutons.
Here is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes, that I know it will make your heart happy and make your family smile. Not this particular recipe but many southern recipes are usually passed down from generation to generation which in my book makes these recipes even better!
This recipe came from an old Church Cookbook that was printed by members from my mother's church. I have changed a few things like making my own graham cracker crust instead of using a store bought one and I personally make my own pumpkin pie seasoning mix.
Pumpkin Dream Pie
- 3 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened
- 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon Milk
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 container cool whip
- 2 packages Instant Vanilla Pudding
- 16 oz. Pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust
- In a large bowl mix 1 tablespoon of milk and the softened cream cheese until it is smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend well until light and fluffy. Add this mixture to the cooled graham cracker pie crust and put into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to get firm.
- Optional: You can garish this Dream Pie with extra cool whip and chopped pecans.
Homemade is Best!
Homemade Graham Cracker Crust
In a food processor add one pack of graham crackers, 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 4 tablespoons of butter. Take mixture and form into a pie pan, bake at 350 for 12 minutes, and allow to completely cool.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Tablespoons organic cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Pumpkin is an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounts such as A & B carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. It is rich in B vitamins such as folates, niacin, B6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. Pumpkin is also rich in minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Pumpkins are low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is an excellent source of fiber anti-oxidants and vitamins. If by chance you have high cholesterol, eating pumpkins are recommended by dieticians. They have a high amount of Vitamin A, C, and E. Vitamin A is a powerful anti-oxidant and it is required by the body.
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