PUMPKIN SOUP!

PUMPKIN SOUP!.

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Mmmm……Apple & Pumpkin Spice Cake (Another take on the 4 layer cake)

Yes…..APPLE AND PUMPKIN…such a great combo!  There are dozens of Spice cake recipes online if you really want to thing from scratch. Tonight, I was on a time crunch, so I used the basic Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix. Added some pumpkin puree, applesauce or apple slices, some raisin, pumpkin spices, and a real finger-licking recipe for a whip topping.

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INGREDIENTS

1 box of Pumpkin Spice Cake mix or you can use yellow cake mix

3 eggs

1 cup of water

1/3 cup of oil–ALL THESE ARE USED FOR THE CAKE MIX.

2 tablespoons of applesauce or you can slice 2 apples–slice thinly

1 can of 15 oz pumpkin puree–set aside half of the can for the whip topping

 

SPICES TO USE FOR WITH EITHER CAKE MIXES;

dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all-spice, ginger

 

FOR THE WHIP TOPPING:

1  8 oz of neufchatel cream cheese

 pumpkin puree left over from cake mix above

1 small tub of whip topping or light whip topping

pumpkin spice as listed above as well.

1 cup of powdered sugar.

 

RECIPE

The recipe is pretty simple as you will follow the directions on the box. Remember to set aside half of the can of pumpkin puree. after you ix the ingredients to the cake batter, you will add the spices, 2 tablespoons of applesauce and 1/2 can of pumpkin puree. I used two baking pans that were greased and light floured. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool.

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For the whip topping:

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Whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices and mixed well. Fold in the whip topping and place in fridge to keep cool as the cake cools down completely. The whip topping will be kinda fluffy. Once the cake cools down, you can either split the cake into 4 layers or you can keep it as 2 layers. I used almost all the whip topping in between the layers of cake. Unlike the 4 layers cake cake as I posted previously, I coated the entire cake with the whip topping. It is so versatile, you can place this whip topping on any apple or pumpkin cake!

 

OMG! Four Layer Pumpkin Cake

Super Luscious, Super caramely, Super Pumpkineny!!! I actually made this last year and had to share it! Thanks to Kraft Recipes, http://www.kraftrecipes.com,  this will get a few comments from your guests. It calls for yellow cake mix, I used spice cake mix instead.

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RECIPE:

1 pkg.  (2-layer size) yellow cake mix or SPICE cake mix
1 can  (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided
1/2 cup skim  milk
1/3 cup   oil
4 eggs
1-1/2 tsp.  pumpkin pie spice, divided OR a mix a dash of nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, and cloves
1 pkg.  (8 oz.)  Cream Cheese, softened OR Neufchatel cheese -lower in fat, its what I use in most recipes calling for cream cheese
1 cup  powdered sugar
1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed-I used the FAT FREE whip topping
1/4 cup   caramel ice cream topping–I placed the glass jar in hte microwave until it liquified.
1/4 cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans
 
DIRECTIONS:
 

Heat oven to 350°F.

Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. spice in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round pans.

Bake 28 to 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.

Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Gently stir in COOL WHIP. Cut each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, spreading cream cheese filling between layers. (Do not frost top layer.) Drizzle with caramel topping, again I placed the jar in the microwave, 30 seconds each time until the caramel looked like liquid,  just before serving; top with nuts. Refrigerate any leftovers, which most likely you wont have any!! 🙂

 

 

PUMPKIN SOUP!

This is my absolute favourite soups to cook! not only does it taste DELISH, it also give me an excsue to use my Pumpkin shaped soup bowl

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You can either use a huge can of Libby’s pureed Pumpkin or you can use fresh pumpkin-about 2 lbs. Pretty simple recipe. Enjoy!

RECIPE

 

1 can  32 oz of pumpkin puree

1 tbsp olive oil

2-4 shallots, chopped

2-3 celery stalks, sliced

3-4 carrots, chopped 

OPTIONAL–2 MEDIUM DICED POTATOES

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp cumin

a dash of allspice

a dash of cloves

dash of nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

5 cups of vegetable stock.

For Garnish: either sour cream, greek yogurt, or parmesan cheese.

 

Heat oil in 3 quart saucepan. Add shallots and celery and saute about 5 minutes. Add carrots and (again add potatoes–OPTIONAL) saute 5 minutes longer. Add cumin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Stir fry 2 minutes. Add pumpkin and vegetable stock. Bring to boil, cover and simmer gently 20 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender. Make sure to taste –my favourite part!- and adjust more seasonings if need be.

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Blend soup in food processor or blender/ hand blender until smooth. Return to pan, adjust seasonings to taste and heat through. Serve hot, garnished with swirl of greek yogurt or sour cream, and some parmesan cheese.  Makes 4 to 6 servings. 

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