Each fall when the first frost hits the pumpkin and your favorite coffee shop starts to feature Pumpkin Spice Lattes, our attention turns to recipes featuring pumpkin. Pumpkins are that versatile squash that we use as a decoration in October and a cooking ingredient in November. Over the past year, Vintage Recipes has collected several pumpkin recipes, here are some of our favorites.
Nancy Reagan's Pumpkin Pie is from a collection from Washington State, with recipes from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Nancy Reagan's Pumpkin Pie is a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie, because the recipe includes pecans, making it more of a pumpkin-pecan pie. The recipe calls for either canned or fresh cooked mashed pumpkin, so the inner cook in you can decide which one to use.
The Impossible Pumpkin Pie recipe is from the Nix Collection, a collection from San Fransico. This is Helen's recipe, you know, "Beauty Shop Helen". The Impossible Pies were popular during the 1960s and promoted by Bisquick and Betty Crocker. The concept is simple (and easy), you mix all the ingredients in the blender and then pour the mixture into a greased pie pan, bake, and the Bisquick does the magic and creates a "crust" as the pie cooks. Try our Impossible Coconut Pie to go along with your Impossible Pumpkin Pie.
The Thompson collection Pumpkin Bread recipe contains orange juice and suggests re-using one-pound coffee cans to bake the bread. This collection is made up of recipes from the 1950s, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's, but repurposing the one pound coffee can is definitely a depression era idea! This recipe makes two loaf pans or two coffee cans.
The Cedaka collection Pumpkin Bread recipe is more of your "traditional" Pumpkin Bread recipe, containing your basic bread ingredients along with one cup of pumpkin and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. The recipe is attributed to "Pansy" and it makes one loaf.
Oddly, the two traditional pumpkin pie recipes that we have collected have also come from the same collections as the pumpkin bread recipes - the Thompson and Cedaka collections. The recipes are almost identical, the Thompson recipe calls for 3 eggs rather than two eggs in the Cedaka recipe, and the Thompson recipe calls for milk and evaporated milk while the Cedaka recipe requires only evaporated milk.
The Pumpkin Pie recipe from the Thompson collection is a handwritten recipe. I would assume that this recipe was copied from a can or an advertisement as the first ingredient is "canned pumpkin".
The Pumpkin Pie recipe from the Cedaka collection is a clipped recipe from a Libby's Solid Pack Pumpkin label. Almost the same as the Thompson recipe, other than no milk is required, only evaporated milk and two eggs where the Thompson recipe requires three eggs.