By Kevin Williams
Ah, we are in mid-September and that means menus are beginning to trot out their selection of everything infused with pumpkin specials. I'm sure Taco Bell will next roll out a pumpkin taco. This whole pumpkin proliferation seems to be a relatively recent phenomena. I remember when I was a kid pumpkin was basically reserved for pie at Thanksgiving and my grandma would always seem to have a few untouched cans of Libbys pumpkin pie sitting in her pantry. Now, pumpkin has exploded and is used almost everything it seems during the September - November season. And what happens is that by Thanksgiving everyone is sick of pumpkin, so the pies are a last hurrah for another year. But in the beginning, pumpkin is a welcome site, infusing its wonderful flavor everywhere. Ah, who doesn't like a pumpkin latte??
Yoder's Restaurant in Sarasota, Florida takes the cake...er pancake for most wonderful pumpkin pancakes. Man, these are good. If ever have a chance to stop by there during pumpkin season you won't be disappointed with these fluffy, pumpkiny wonders!
Okay, here is our Amish365 Pumpkin Hall of Fame!
HOMEMADE AMISH PUMPKIN PANCAKES: with butter and syrup, please! Click here.
PUMPKIN CHRISTMAS CAKE: Every year someone gets mad at me for calling it Christmas cake, so I waver between calling it Christmas cake or Holiday cake, but either way it is delicious! Click here.
SOUR CREAM PUMPKIN COFFEECAKE: Wow, this is just an amazing coffeecake. Make this on a crisp October morning and have a warm cup of coffee with it. Yum! Click here.
AMISH PUMPKIN BARS: a delicious classic: click here.
MINI-SUGAR COOKIE PUMPKIN PIES: This is a touch of pumpkin elegance, enjoy!
PUMPKIN BLUEBERRY BREAD: Quirky recipe, but very delicious, moist bread. Click here.
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN ROLL WITH CREAM CHEESE FILLING: This is a staple of most Amish bakeries this time of year. Now is a dessert that I just think is super chilled, slice a chilled piece of this and you'll be in culinary bliss! Click here.
Love all the recipes thanks. I want to make the pumpkin Christmas cake but in the directions says add the nuts, not mentioned in the ingredients and, also, is the pumpkin caned or fresh? Thanks
Thanks for the kind words, Gale, the pumpkin is canned and you can add a half cup of english walnut pieces if you want, but that is optional.
Kevin, don't EVER let someone make you move away from calling something Christmas that IS Christmas! After all, if it wasn't four CHRISTmas, where would the HOLIDAY come from? There seem to be just too many haters these days!
Take care. Have yourself some CHRISTMAS CAKE!
Thanks, Steve, I think I will!:)