Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Someone wanted pumpkin recipes so I thought I would give you some of mine.  When I started cooking many years ago, I used many Old Order Mennonite recipes, but I also used Betty Crocker, too.  These recipes have come from Betty Crocker, but so long ago, I don't know if they are in the current recipe books.  In these recipes you can use fresh or canned pumpkin.  I thought I would start with how cook pumpkin - then I have a recipe. There are two ways to prepare pumpkin, you can boil it or you can bake it.  I will give directions for both.


Heat 1 inch salted water (1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup water) to boiling.  Cut 1 1/4 pounds pumpkin into 1-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups pared) for 8-inch pie or cut 2 pounds pumpkin into 1 inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups pared) for 9 inch pie.  Add to boiling water.  Cover and heat to boiling. Cook until tender about 30 minutes, drain.  Mash pumpkin until no lumps remain.  1 1/4 or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut 1 small pumpkin (about 4 pounds) into halves,  remove seeds and fiber.  Place pumpkin cut sides up in oblong baking dish; pour water (1/4 inch deep) into dish.  Cover and bake until tender, about 1 hour.  Scoop pumpkin from shells, mash until no lumps remain.  About 4 cups mashed cooked pumpkin.


Pastry for 8-inch One-Crust Pie
1 egg
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin or Cooked pumpkin
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk

Pastry for 9-inch One-Crust Pie
2 eggs
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin or 2 cups Cooked Pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 2/3 cups evaporated milk

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Prepare pastry.  Beat egg(s) slightly with hand beater; beat in remaining ingredients.  Place pastry-lined pie plate on oven rack; pour in pie filling.  Bake 15 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.  Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 8-inch pie 35 minutes longer, 9-inch pie 45 minutes longer; cool.  Serve with whipped cream.


1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin (or cooked pumpkin)
1/2 cup shortening
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Light Brown Glaze (see below)

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix sugar, pumpkin, shortening, and orange peel.  Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Stir in raisins and nuts. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.  Immediately remove from cookie sheet; cool.  Spread with Light Brown Glaze.

To make chocolate chip-pumpkin cookies - Substitute 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips for the raisins.


1/4 cup margarine margarine or butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Heat margarine in 1 1/2 quart saucepan over medium heat until delicate brown.  Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.  Stir in milk until smooth.

I got Betty Crocker on my computer and saw this great recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes.  Grandmother Olive came me her permission to put the receipe on.  Marilyn


1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 cups fat-free skim milk
2 cups Bisquick Heart Smart Mix
1/2 cup canned pumpkin or cooked pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Real maple syrup, if desired

Into medium bowl, mix all ingredients except syrup until smooth.  Batter will be thick.  Spray griddle with cooking spray, heat over medium-high heat. For each pancake pour about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle.  Cook until bubbles form around edges.  Turn pancakes, cook about 3 minutes or until golden brown on bottom.  Serve with maple syrup.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,

Grandmother Olive came up with some pumpkin recipes that someone asked for. Hope you all enjoy it. Fall is really here.


Anonymous said...

G'morning Marilyn+G'mother Olive, all these recipes sound wonderful. Great way to start out the fall season.
Hoping G'mother Olive will post again soon.
God bless you! Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Carol,
We are trying to get Grandmother Olive to post again, but she keeps saying she doesn't have anything to say and people wouldn't want to hear from her - but we keep trying. It was her idea to put the fall recipes on.


kymber said...

Marilyn - please thank Grandmother Olive for the wonderful pumpkin recipes - can you ask her if she has a favourite pumpkin soup recipe that she could share? also, please tell her that we all enjoy her posts and wished that she would post more....she has much information to share that we could all learn from! thank you Marilyn!

your friend,

Anonymous said...

The sharing of good knowledge with others is important for everyone; those who give and those who receive. I'm sure G'mother Olive's postings+insights are and always will be welcome by us all. Thanks, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Kymber,
I will see that Grandmother Olive gets your message and tell you would like her recipe. We are trying to get her to do another post.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Carol,
I will see that Grandmother Olive gets your message. Jean, Anna and I are trying to get her to put a post on here, at least once in a while. Even Anna says she learns from Grandmother Olive.


Ingrid said...

Am pleased to see Grandmother Olive's recipes for fall.Pumpkin anything is what i look forward to this time of year.Especially appreciate the two versions on cooking your own pumpkin.Please tell Grandmother Olive that we enjoy her posts and let her know that something she thinks is common or something everyone knows may be something a lot of us do not know and I for one would enjoy learning anything she would want to share with us. Ingrid

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Ingrid,
Will see that Grandmother Olive gets your message. Hope that we can get her to put a post on here. She is hard to convince sometimes. Jean, Anna and I are working on her.


annie said...

everything sounds just wonderful, thank you!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Annie,
I will see that Grandmother Olive gets your message.


New York State Of Mind said...

If anyone makes one of these and could take a picture, I would be glad to put it on here so others can see how they come out.


Willow's Quiet Corner said...

I really enjoyed seeing how Grandmother Olive prepares fresh pumpkins for use! And those pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips sound especially yummy to me! I'm going to bookmark this so I can give these a try! I appreciate that she shared these with us!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Willow's Quiet Corner,

I will see that Grandmother Olive gets your message. Hope you enjoy making them.