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Easy Pumpkin Pudding Recipe

Updated on October 27, 2012

Pumpkin is one of the treats of fall

Pumpkins are one of the easiest vegetables to grow, and by October the farmers' fields are full of knobby orange globes welcoming laughing school children who take the trip to the pumpkin patch to choose their Hallowe'en Jack O'Lanterns. Our family always bought an extra pumpkin--one for carving, and one for eating.

After Hallowe'en, the Jack O'Lantern always headed for the compost pile, along with the seeds, which germinated in gay abandon in the sunny part of the garden the following spring. Some people enjoy roasting the seeds with a light coating of olive or canola oil and coarse sea salt or seasoning salt for about 30 minutes in an oven heated to 350 F. They have a nutty taste and are a nutritious, high protein snack.


Canadians have fun decorating homes and businesses for Hallowe'en, like this spooky corner at Cora's in Kamloops, British Columbia.  Children there for Saturday brunch with their family chuckle and shriek as they pretend to be the scariest Tarantula.
Canadians have fun decorating homes and businesses for Hallowe'en, like this spooky corner at Cora's in Kamloops, British Columbia. Children there for Saturday brunch with their family chuckle and shriek as they pretend to be the scariest Tarantula. | Source

October Pumpkins

Fall pumpkins ripen in the pumpkin patch.
Fall pumpkins ripen in the pumpkin patch. | Source
Pumpkins in a pile are ready for carving into Jack O'Lanterns.
Pumpkins in a pile are ready for carving into Jack O'Lanterns. | Source

Pumpkin Jack O'Lanterns

On the night of October 31, the eve before All Hallow's Day, people in North America carve faces in hollowed out pumpkins and light them with candles, or electric lights, supposedly to scare away ghosts, witches and monsters that are freed from the underworld before the saints send them back the next day, November 1. In many neighbourhoods, children dress up in costumes, go from door to door in the neighbourhood calling "Trick or Treat!" and receive small gifts of candy, popcorn balls or apples. As nights lengthen in the northern hemisphere, people have fun at the end of October decorating homes and businesses with witches, ghosts, spiders and Jack O'Lanterns.

Jack O'Lantern jail is getting most of the customer's votes at Cora's Breakfast place in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Jack O'Lantern jail is getting most of the customer's votes at Cora's Breakfast place in Kamloops, British Columbia. | Source

Pumpkin for Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en and Harvest Feasts

In Canada, Thanksgiving always comes in early to mid October, and with pumpkin pie after turkey, cranberries, and roasted brussels sprouts on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner, and Hallowe'en tricks and treats at the end of October, we enjoy pumpkin all month long.

This recipe for easy pumpkin pudding can be used as a pie filling if you like. Our family doesn't really like pie, and once I got tired of throwing the soggy crusts, scraped of all the pumpkin filling, into the garbage after the meal, I started to simply cook the filling in a ple plate or flan dish, and serve it as pudding. If you make it as pie, pour the filling into your crust, then cook it at 425 F for 15 minutes to cook the pastry, before lowering the oven temperature to 375 for the rest of the time to cook the custard.

Pumpkin is low in fat, high in dietary fibre, an excellent source of vitamin A, rich in vitamin C and iron, and contains calcium. Native to North America, it is one of the vegetables that helped the first European settlers in the New World survive the harsh winters. In areas where pumpkin is not available, try the recipe with squash instead.

When leaves fall and frost touches flowers, pumpkins are a wonderful fall food.
When leaves fall and frost touches flowers, pumpkins are a wonderful fall food. | Source
5 stars from 4 ratings of Easy Pumpkin Pudding Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: serves six people one triangle of pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar, Substitute half the brown sugar for molasses if you like a stronger taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, If you like a spicier pie, try grating fresh ginger root instead of ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups cooked, pureed pumpkin, Mash the puree or blend it so there are no lumps of pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup, milk or light cream

Instructions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the pureed pumpkin, the beaten eggs, and the milk or cream. Mix well
  3. Pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate or flan dish.
  4. Bake in preheated oven at 375 F for 45 minutes. Test if the pudding is ready by putting a knife into the centre. If the knife comes out clean, the pudding is cooked.
  5. Serve with whipped cream or drizzle maple syrup over the top.

Pumpkin Pudding for a Fall Feast

Pumpkin Pudding is an easy and nutritious dessert for your Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en or Harvest celebration.
Pumpkin Pudding is an easy and nutritious dessert for your Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en or Harvest celebration. | Source

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    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It sound delicious. I really enjoy the pictures above. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

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      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      What a beautiful hub, full of lovely photos which give the feel of the autumn day and the spirit of Halloween as well as what the fields look like and the atmosphere among people. Loved it. just my sort of Hub and the recipe looks wonderful. I almost bought a butternut squash at our fresh vegetable market this morning and now i wish I had. I bought so many greens instead! Voting and sharing and more.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your pumpkin pudding sounds and looks delicious. I usually make pumpkin pie but I like the idea of not having to make a crust.

    • Janis Goad profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Goad 

      5 years ago

      Hey Jellygator, I will uncork a bottle of wine.

      Judi Bee, pumpkin pie tastes better spicy, and restaurant pies are often bland. It is one of my favourites, but not everyone likes it. My daughter refuses to eat it.

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      Judi Brown 

      5 years ago from UK

      Fantastic photos again! I've never eaten pumpkin pie - when we lived in the US in the late 1960s my grandmother ordered it at a restaurant and absolutely hated it. We teased her about pumpkin pie for years afterwards and it always made her shudder. As a result, I've never been tempted!

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      jellygator 

      5 years ago from USA

      We don't get many either, I'm afraid. I think door-to-door trick-or-treating is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Sad, but understandable. I'll be there at 8! :)

    • Janis Goad profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Goad 

      5 years ago

      YES! I would love to have you come and visit! We don't get too many children around. Too bad. I think they go early to the mall, or their parents are not really into Hallowe'en, if they are rooted in another culture.

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      jellygator 

      5 years ago from USA

      Can I visit your house tomorrow night after the kiddies are done haunting the neighborhood?

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