Yesterday I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Crunch Dessert – something I found in a Yahoo Newsgroup. I’d also seen it in other places over the years, but had never gotten around to trying it. I only started liking pumpkin recently, so I’m behind.
Based on the comments under yesterday’s recipe, it seems everyone already knew about this dessert, yet most knew it by the name “Pumpkin Dump Cake”. Some people, like Cindy, prefer a version called Pumpkin Cobber, which is similar, but free of cake mix.
At the last minute, I decided to make a half batch of the cake mix version, but in an 8 inch square (2 quart) glass dish. The results were delicious and I can see why this dessert could easily take the place of pumpkin pie. Here’s the small batch version for people who don’t need to feed a big group.
Small Batch Pumpkin Dump Cake (or “Pumpkin Crunch Dessert”)
7 1/2 oz pumpkin (half a can – about a cup)
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 large egg plus 2 tablespoons of a second egg (see note)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 of an (18.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
6 tablespoons regular butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Some ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch metal pan or 8 inch glass dish with cooking spray. If using a glass dish, preheat to 325 degrees F.
Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl. Pour into pan.
Sprinkle cake mix evenly over top, then drizzle butter over cake mix. Sprinkle pecans over top.
Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool. Cut into squares and serve with ice cream. This can also be served slightly chilled and a lot of people believe it is better the second day.
Makes enough for 5 or 6 people
ote: To halve an egg, crack the egg into a bowl, whisk it to break up the yolk, then measure out about 2 tablespoons.