Thursday, 26 November 2009

Pumpkin Pudding

Yeah, the reason I'm now so low on the frozen pumpkin: too much got thawed out when I was in pie-making mode for the party, and now it has to be used. So sad, but don't worry about me. I'll cope.

The ginger in this was fairly bitey. I think next time I might cut it in half but add a couple teaspoons of finely minced preserved ginger.

6 to 8 servings
15 minutes prep time, plus time to chill

Pumpkin Pudding
1/3 cup arrowroot or cornstarch
1/3 cup Sucanat or dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
a grating of nutmeg
a pinch of cloves
2 cups cooked puréed pumpkin
1 tablespoon molasses
2 cups milk or soymilk

Mix the arrowroot and Sucanat in a 2 quart microwavable bowl or heavy bottomed pot. Add the salt and spices. Mix in the pumpkin and molasses until well blended, then stir in the milk a bit at a time to ensure a smooth lump-free mixture.

Cook the pudding in the microwave 2 or 3 minutes at a time, stirring well in between each time until thickened. It's hard to give an exact time since microwaves vary, but about 7 to 10 minutes total.

Or, cook the pudding on the top of the stove over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Time should be about the same as microwaving.

Cool the pudding. It should be put in separate dishes first, if you want a more elegant presentation. Either way, it's excellent with a dab of whipped cream.

Last year at this time I made Sausage & Barley Casserole.


Joanne said...

It's really a good thing that there's no such thing as a pumpkin overdose, otherwise I would be in a LOT of trouble. This is going on my ever-growing list of pumpkin recipes to try. Thanks for the advice about the ginger!

Ferdzy said...

Okay, you made me curious. CAN you eat too much squash and pumpkin? I knew that too much vitamin A can be toxic, and squashes are full of vitamin A.

I'm happy to report though, that a little googling suggests that while you can get too much vitamin A from certain animal sources (i.e. liver) you can eat as much vitamin A rich vegetables as you can cram in, no problem.