Mid-Week Mixer: Pumpkin Crunch

pumpkin crunchThe Holidays is not the time to watch your diet. I say have fun and splurge until next year!

Naomi says: Several of my Facebook friends are notorious for posting recipes on their profiles. Now, I have to say that NONE of these recipes are low-fat. Not a one!! When my friend Lisa posted this recipe I thought three things. First, was that I had all of the ingredients. Next, this would be a perfect recipe for Bette Lee Crosby’s Midweek Mixers. Finally, this is another really simple Thanksgiving dessert that can be made a day ahead of time. In fact, I would recommend it.

Now, a note…the original recipe simply calls for butter. The people I had taste test my recipes, as well as myself, noted that they could taste the salt in the butter which really gave it an off salty taste periodically. I would call for UNSALTED butter.

My taste testers LOVED this recipe. It had a cookie type of topping versus a pie crust taste. I topped with whipped cream and some pumpkin pie spice.

So, here we go!:

Ingredients:

1 15 ounce can pumpkin pie filling
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1.5 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1.5 t. cinnamon
1 box YELLOW cake mix
2 sticks (1 cup) UNSALTED butter

Directions:

1) Prepare a 9×13 pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Beat until well-blended. Pour into prepare pan.

3) Top mixture with the dry cake mix.

4) Melt the two sticks of butter and pour over dry cake mix.

5) Bake in oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. As I stated in my note above, refrigerate for one day ahead of serving.

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Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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