Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

It's Not Pumpkin Spice -- It's Pumpkin!

I'm not a fan of "pumpkin spice"
unless it's spicing pumpkin!

After all a "pumpkin spice" latte is just coffee with
cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
It has nothing to do with a pumpkin!

But I love pumpkin
And we have several favorite pumpkin recipes that
I make year after year

One of my favorites is a Cranberry Pumpkin Coffee cake
Found eons ago in a Victoria magazine cookbook
It has the flavors of November . . . 
pumpkin and cranberry!
It's a great breakfast bread for Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving weekend

Of course, there's pumpkin pie
Our first is usually for dessert on Halloween
preceded by our traditional chili
I use Mother's recipe which is as old as the hills for it doesn't
use evaporated milk!
Our first is Halloween and then we have it again on Thanksgiving
for Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving unless there is pumpkin pie for dessert!

I made pumpkin pancakes one morning for breakfast
Eaten with real butter and real maple syrup
and little link sausages
They were good and I used a half a recipe which meant that I had a cup of pumpkin left

So I made mini loaves of pumpkin bread
(another favorite of mine)
and, although the recipe is not mother's, it is an old one and is plain --
no nuts, no raisins
Just pumpkin and spices!

I love pumpkin bars and you'll find them on almost every dessert table in October and November.
I have a great recipe -- called "Killer Pumpkin Bars" and it was a winner
but this year I tried a different version -- with cranberries and a brown butter frosting
Oh, my, they were good.  
Now I'm not sure which recipe is the best!

I do love pumpkin and the traditional pumpkin dishes that appear
as dinner dessert or tea time treats during October and November.

Here are the recipes:


2 1/4 cups flour
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
Granulated sugar for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter an 8 cup ring mold or other decorative mold. Dust the pan with flour, shaking out the excess.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, pumpkin-pie spice, baking soda and salt.

In the medium size bowl of an electric mixer, at medium speed, beat the eggs until they are foamy. Beat in the granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, and oil until well blended. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until a batter forms. (Do not overmix). Gently fold in the cranberries.

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a thin metal spatula around the edge of the mold to loosen the cake and turn the cake out onto the rack to cool completely.

Sprnkle the cake with granulated sugar before serving.


1 unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 c. cooked or canned pumpkin
1/3 c. white sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. ginger
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cloves
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 c. rich milk (I use half and half)
1/2 c. heavy cream

Mix all ingredients but the pie shell together.    Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell and bake in a 400 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes, until firm or until  a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.    Cool the pie well.


3 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 c. water
2 cups canned pumpkin (a whole can)
3 cups sugar

Sift dry ingredients together.    Mix pumpkin, walt, oil and eggs together.    Pour into dry mixture and mix well.   Pour into greased and floured bunt cake pan and small loaf pan or two medium loaf pans.    Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350.    Cool 30 minutes before removing from pan.    (Obviously, the smaller pans will take less time to bake.)


LavenderBlue said...

Thank you so much for graciously sharing your recipes. They all look delicious and I will make them all!

Denise said...

Oh my included the recipes! I'm always excited to see a new blog post from you. I love your beautiful dishes, silver, crystal, linens, flowers and furniture - but my favorite part is always the story! Since you shared the recipes, they can become part of our stories as well. Thank you!

And congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary!

Southerncook said...

All of these recipes sound terrific. I especially like your Mother's Pumpkin Pie recipe. Love the use of half/half and heavy cream, decadent. This will be the recipe I use for Thanksgiving, thank you for sharing.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

There are a lot of pumpkin spice jokes making the rounds these days - like the picture of the gas station with the sign saying "pumpkin spice motor oil is back!" But your recipes sound so delicious. I might do the coffee cake first. Now I'm hungry!

Gail P said...

I made the pumpkin cranberry cake today, oh my goodness! So yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe!

Pat said...

I DO love Pumpkin!
All of these look amazingly decadent!
However with a severe allergic reaction to cinnamon. ..
all my Pumpkin baked goods must be made at home to assure safety!

Sandra said...

I made your Pumpkin Cranberry Cake for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe's!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I do hope you are still alive and well....

Marilyn R said...

Martha- I hope that you are having a great holiday. I miss you. So, please come back!!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I hope so much you are not gone forever....Be well!

Sharon said...

Missing you and your lovely posts.

Sharon said...

Missing your beautiful posts. Hope you are well and can touch base with us soon.