Friday, November 5, 2010

Pumpkin Torte

I don't normally make elaborate desserts. I avoid multi-step, layered recipes. I'm more of a one dish cake fan.

But this dessert is worth the extra effort. I think it beats pumpkin pie.

I had almost forgotten about making pumpkin torte this fall. Until Ed reminded me of my promise to make one of his favorite fall desserts for every peacock he killed. (Long story. No, the we don't own peacocks. Yes, we have permission to shoot our neighbor's peacocks. And please don't tell me that peacocks are beautiful birds. To me they are worse pests than groundhogs.)

By the time I finished making pumpkin torte, I remembered why I avoid it. The number of dishes I can make dirty with this dessert is amazing. But the first bite reminded me why it was worth it!

Pumpkin Torte

24 graham cracker squares, crushed
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
Mix together and press into 9x13 pan.

2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
Mix together. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

2 cup pumpkin, mashed
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 T. cinnamon
Mix and cook in pan until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat.

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
Dissolve gelatin in water and add to hot pumpkin mixture. Cool.

3 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
Beat egg whites with sugar and fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour over cooled crust.

Cool Whip or sweetened whipped cream
Spread on top and refrigerate until serving.

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  1. That looks and sounds DEE-LICIOUS Gina!!! May have to give that one a try:)

  2. That does indeed look delicious, but now I'm curious if you have a recipe for the peacock? ;-) (Sorry- couldn't resist!)

  3. Looks wonderful. there are always dishes..............or so it seems!

  4. Monica-
    I've heard it tastes like chicken! And these are big enough to pass for turkeys. But haven't been brave enough to try it yet. Guess we are missing out on free meat!

  5. Gina, this is my all time favorite pumpkin dessert but I am like you! I prefer to eat it at my mom's house:):)!! I do make it once in awhile when I have company.

  6. Thanks for bringing up a memory. My mom used to make pumpkin torte. It was a good memory.

    Have a great day.


  7. Any recipe that can help me use up my chicken eggs is a good one in my book!

  8. It looks so good, almost makes me wish I liked pumpkin.... :-)
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. I made Pumpkin Torte for Thanksgiving. The test tasters said this was, indeed, better than pumpkin pie!
    A relative is sending me a new pumpkin pie recipe that uses crushed gingersnaps as a "sort of" graham cracker crust. That sounds pretty interesting.

  10. I've just discovered your blog while searching for different recipes for Thanksgiving! I'm going to make your Pumpkin Torte instead of pie! It sounds wonderful- a nice change from the heavier crusted pie! Thank you for posting it- I have to check out the rest of your blog :)

  11. I was given this recipe back in 1999 and since then my family will no longer each traditional pumpkin pie. This is their all time favorite dessert - in fact my son would eat the entire 9x13 pan if you let him.
    If you don't like pumpkin ... try the banana split dessert ... also very good.

  12. Oh, I am SOOO looking forward to trying this! Have you tried making this aheadof time and freezing it? Do you think it would work? Thanks for your great blog, I am looking forward to seeing more of it! ~ Joy

    1. I have never tried freezing pumpkin torte. I'm afraid that the pudding part would get watery.

  13. Looks delicious!Will be giving this a try!:)


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