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Pumpkin Nut Crumble Cake

Pumpkin-Nut Crumble Cake #PumpkinWeek #FoodieExtravaganza

It’s Day 2 for me of all things #PumpkinWeek! But today I have a bonus for you all as I am also linking this up with the awesome bloggers over at #FoodieExtravaganza! Love when this happens!  They are featuring nuts over there with lots of fun recipes with all things nuts- not just pumpkin like me, so you will have plenty of fun and delicious recipes to choose from!

So this recipe for Pumpkin-Nut Crumble Cake fits perfectly within the two- and it was my first time making this recipe- and it was awesome! Even my mom said so, and she is my picky-food-judge. If she says it’s good, then you can believe it!

Pumpkin Nut Crumble Cake

Inspired by a recipe from The Cake Mix Doctor, by Anne Byrn, I recreated this cake using pecans, lowfat evaporated milk, and less cinnamon than the original recipe. It’s like pie and cake combined- so you don’t have to choose!! I also top mine with fresh whipped cream and a touch of cinnamon sugar- yum! But honestly, her recipes are fantastic- except that I like the way mine is written better- I have left a couple ingredients out when I follow the way hers are formatted, so I think I will like having this one in my own words!

Here’s the recipe for Pumpkin-Nut Crumble Cake

Ingredients:

For the cake:

1 stick of butter, softened (8 Tbsp.) + 1 Tbsp. to grease the pan
flour (used only to prepare your pan- 1-2 Tbsp.)
1 package plain yellow cake mix (*measure out one cup of this and set aside for the topping*)
4 eggs
2 cans of pumpkin puree (15oz cans)
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the topping:

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 stick of butter, cold (4 Tbsp.)
*1 cup of cake mix (reserved from making the filling)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans)

For serving:

Whipped cream
cinnamon-sugar to sprinkle

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 350*. Using 1 Tbsp. of softened butter, grease a 9X13″ pan thoroughly. Dust with flour, shaking out any excess. Set aside.

For the crust layer: Measure out 1 cup of the cake mix and set aside. Pour the remaining cake mix, butter, and 1 egg in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until combined. Press into the bottom of the pan.

For the filling: In a large bowl, add the pumpkin, evaporated milk, 1 cup of sugar, remaining 3 eggs, and cinnamon and beat with  a mixer until combined. Beat for 2 minutes. Set aside.

For the topping: Add the sugar, butter, and reserved cake mix to a large bowl and mix with a pastry cutter or mixer until crumbly. Add in the chopped pecans.

Assemble: Pour the filling over the crust in an even layer. Sprinkle the topping over the filling so it covers it all. Bake in the center of the oven for 70-75 minutes. The middle shouldn’t jiggle and the top will be golden brown. Remove and cool for at least 20 minutes. Serve with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon sugar.

*Like many pumpkin desserts, this one tastes even better on Day 2, and keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Pumpkin Nut Crumble Cake

Pumpkin-Nut Crumble Cake #PumpkinWeek #FoodieExtravaganza

This unassuming cake is a crowd pleaser with it's generous portions and pumpkin flavor and even better on Day-2!

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 1 stick of butter, softened (8 Tbsp.) + 1 Tbsp. to grease the pan
  • flour (used only to prepare your pan- 1-2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 package plain yellow cake mix (*measure out one cup of this and set aside for the topping*)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cans of pumpkin puree (15oz cans)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • For the topping:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter, cold (4 Tbsp.)
  • *1 cup of cake mix (reserved from making the filling)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans)
  • For serving:
  • Whipped cream
  • cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*. Using 1 Tbsp. of softened butter, grease a 9X13" pan thoroughly. Dust with flour, shaking out any excess. Set aside.
  2. For the crust layer: Measure out 1 cup of the cake mix and set aside. Pour the remaining cake mix, butter, and 1 egg in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until combined. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  3. For the filling: In a large bowl, add the pumpkin, evaporated milk, 1 cup of sugar, remaining 3 eggs, and cinnamon and beat with a mixer until combined. Beat for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  4. For the topping: Add the sugar, butter, and reserved cake mix to a large bowl and mix with a pastry cutter or mixer until crumbly. Add in the chopped pecans.
  5. Assemble: Pour the filling over the crust in an even layer. Sprinkle the topping over the filling so it covers it all. Bake in the center of the oven for 70-75 minutes. The middle shouldn't jiggle and the top will be golden brown. Remove and cool for at least 20 minutes. Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

Notes

*Like many pumpkin desserts, this one tastes even better on Day 2, and keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Pumpkin Nut Crumble Cake

Here are today’s #PumpkinWeek recipes:

Pumpkin Drink Recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup from The Nifty Foodie.

Savory Pumpkin Recipes:

Blackened Steak Tacos with Roasted Pumpkin, Sweet Corn and Red Bean Salsa from Bacon Fatte.
Chicken and Pumpkin Curry from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.
Pumpkin Beef Stew from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen.

Pumpkin-Poblano Salsa from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Pumpkin Risotto with Garlic and Sage from Making Miracles.
Pumpkin Sausage Mac and Cheese from Daily Dish Recipes.
Pumpkin Sausage Skillet Dinner from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Pumpkin Walnut Sage Pierogi from The Crumby Kitchen.
Savory Pumpkin Sage Biscuits from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes:

Maple Pumpkin Monkey Bread from The Bitter Side of Sweet.
Pumpkin Chess Pie from The Spiffy Cookie.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Amy’s Cooking Adventures.
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins with a Pecan Oat Crumble from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks.
Pumpkin Dump Cake from Seduction in the Kitchen.
Pumpkin-Nut Crumble Cake from Hardly A Goddess.
Pumpkin Pie Cream Puffs from Mildly Meandering.
Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip from An Affair from the Heart.
Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes from The Freshman Cook.
Whipped Pumpkin Pie Honey Butter from Love and Confections.
White Chocolate Pumpkin Biscotti from The Redhead Baker.

See all the other nuts recipes for today’s Foodie Extravaganza hosted by Caroline’s Cooking:


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Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce #SundaySupper

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballsMy new favorite appetizer. Yep. This one is a winner.

Tzatziki is a sauce made from yogurt, garlic, lemon, cucumber and spices. It can get changed up by leaving out the cucumber, like for my Cheese & Sprout samis- yum! Or you can add lots of lemon and use it for a salad dressing. This version is a basic one that you can work with as a dip and go from there- I am a huge fan of Tzatziki sauce in all variations, so finding some way to have it as an appetizer just makes sense.Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Gyros are such an awesome sandwich that converts well to an appetizer. The chicken just makes the traditional gyro that much healthier, and I prefer the taste. Adding in feta keeps them soft and adds a lot of flavor. I hope you try this- I know it’s a repeater in my house!

Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. dried dill
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed (or minced)
1 small container full or 2% plain greek yogurt (8oz)
1/2 of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

Directions: Mix all in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 ounces crumbled feta
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 lb. of ground chicken

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients first. Add the egg, feta, onion and chicken and mix thoroughly until combined. Form into tiny meatballs, 1-inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 350* oven for 18-20 minutes until cooked through. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving. Serve with fresh tomatoes and cucumber and the Tzatziki sauce on the side.

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

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Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Carrot Mango Coconut Soup #SoupSwappers

carrot mango coconut soupI have to admit I am not a huge “fruit soup” fan when the soup is all fruit or worse yet…if it’s cold. I am a warm soup gal, with the only exception being Gazpacho. So I was worried that I would not be able to come up with a good “fruit soup” for this month’s theme for Saturday Soup Swappers- which if you aren’t familiar, a bunch of soup-loving bloggers share soup recipes based on a theme.

Enter this carrot soup. I figured that soups that combine vegetables and fruit, like Gazpacho or like potato or squash with apple, this carrot-mango combination would suit me. Adding in the heat of jalapenos and ginger, it is perfect. My husband was so not interested in this…he should know better! It was so good and he had seconds and thirds! It was surprisingly delicious for both of us!

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This is such an interesting and fun soup to make to change up boring old-carrots! I loved the spices and flavors in a recipe that I found in a recipe book that I bought at a second-hand bookstore last month, and I was inspired to change it up a bit but not much! I used coconut milk and jalapeno, changing up from the original recipe. The heat and sweet is perfect for this soup! I hope you’ll try it- or you can always pin it for later!

carrot mango coconut soup

Carrot Mango Coconut Soup

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pound carrots, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and rough chopped
1/2 a fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 tsp. peeled & grated fresh ginger
1 cartons (32 oz) of vegetable broth
1 can low-fat coconut milk
1 large mango, peeled and diced
4 green onions, chopped
juice of 1 lime, squeezed
salt & pepper for seasoning

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a large pot to medium heat. Add the carrots, season with salt and pepper, cover and stir, cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the jalapeno and ginger. Stir.
  • Add the broth and bring to a simmer for 10-12 minutes, cooking until the carrots are soft.
  • Puree the mixture with an immersion blender (or carefully blend in a blender, and then add back to the pot).
  • Add the coconut milk, mango, and green onion and cook on low until heated through but not boiling. Add the lime juice. Garnish with a little green onion if desired, and serve.


carrot mango coconut soup


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Linking up with Meatless Monday with Deborah & Sarah!