Tuesday, October 12, 2010
As a child I hated pumpkin. The only way I knew it was as some kind of dessert, pumpkin pieces cooked with a sauce and the whole thing sweet-sour. My grandma told me to eat it and I looked for a place to hide it (I still don't like anything sweet-sour), but never found an inconspicuous one.
Then I discovered pumpkin pie when I was on a visit to the US. Then Germany discovered Halloween and with it the old pumpkin recipes. I am a pretty lousy and quite uninspired cook, but my pumpkin-potato soup is good, I have been told.
Another hit was the pumpkin coconut cake for which I got the recipe from a friend and this I'll share with you. Don't wonder about the odd numbers, I had to transfer a German recipe into US measurements. For a small baking dish you need (for a big dish double the ingredients):
0.550 pounds pumpkin, finely grated
0.550 pounds flour
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
0.440 pounds sugar (I use a little less)
0.220 coconut flakes (roasted in the pan)
0.4 cup oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
10 drops of almond essence
Put pumpkin, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and oil together and mix well.
Mix coconut flakes with the flour and the baking powder, then mix that spoon by spoon with the pumpkin.
In the end add the almond essence.
Put in the oven for an hour at 350° F.
The cake is best if allowed to rest for two days. You can coat it with chocolate if you want to.
But this is not the only pumpkin recipe I brought with me. Here, have a look ;-)
That looks good enough to eat, but don't. It's beautiful glass in a silver bezel by Rio Rita.
Traditional fall colors can be found in this dyed magnesite bracelet called Squash Harvest by Jenni Leigh Creations.
Aren't these little pumpkin earrings cute? You can find this limited edition in the shop of Erika Price Designs.
So ... got a craving for pumpkin now?
By Cat's Wire
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