By Beverly Barbour
Beyond pumpkin pie
It has been rumored for years that the Indians knew how good pumpkin was and introduced it, along with corn, to the poor, starving pale skins who had plopped themselves upon our norhtern shores and run into a few problems with feeding themselves. Actually pumpkin is thought to have orginated in Africa and probably came here with the slave trade.
Much as most of us love good old pumpkin pie, baked according to the tried and true recipe found on the canned pumpkin label, there are other good desserts to be made with the orange pulp. And, of coruse, sweet potato pie and pecan pie have come to be almost as must an American Thanksgiving tradition as pumpkin. Here are a few dessert traditions to consider for your Thanksgiving feast.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Streusel Topping
This cheesecake may have a few cracks, which is not unusual in cheesecake, but it boasts little fat and fewer calories.
Preheat oven to 375F. Spray 9-inch springform pan. Crust: Toss ginger-snap crumbs and melted butter; toss with a fork until moist. Press into bottom of pan and bake 5 mintues; cool on rack. Reduce oven to 325 F.
Pumpkin Pie Squares
Jennie M. Jennings of LaCrosee, KS, says, "My family enjoys pumpkin pie but one pie doesn't seem to go far enough in serving. With the Pumpkin Pie squares ther is always enough for everyone.
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine meat, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, salt, pepper and barley. Divide mixture into 6 portions. Press each portion into bell pepper half, forming mixture to the shape of the pepper. Spray a baking dish and place filled pepper halves in dish. Pour pasta sauce over peppers. Cover tightly with foil. Bake peppers for 1 hour and 15 minutes. To serve, spoon sauce over each pepper. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese. Makes 6 servings.
4 Sugar Pecan Pie
The combination of sweeteners keeps this pie form being overly sweet and gives it an unusual, custard-like texture If you have it, do add the raspberry vinegar. it doesn't alter the taste but it does give the pie a delicate raspberry aroma. you may, of course, use any crust..
1 9-inch pie shell, unbaked but chilled
Preheat oven to 350F. Combien all ingredients except the pecans in a food processor and eclectric mixer bowl. Blenuntil sguar has dissolved. stir in pecans and poour mixtur einto prepared pie shell. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the filling is firm and set. Remvoe from heat. Allow to cool before serving. If a warm pie is desired, reheat pi in 325 F oven to 10 to 15 mintues Makes 12 servings.
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