Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pumpkin Squares

A few weeks ago I drove up north for a workshop, and on the way home made a stop at an orchard/pumpkin patch. I brought home a bag of Cortlands and a photo of a pumpkin nestled in its leaves. I finished the watercolor version this morning.

All that staring at the pumpkin picture made me hungry for something featuring pumpkin. I cut this recipe out of a magazine ages ago. The paper is yellowed and the tape is coming loose, but I can still read it, so I thought I'd share. Happy fall!

Frosted Pumpkin Squares
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups white sugar
1 cup cooking oil
1 16 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2. teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat the first four ingredients well, then stir in the rest. Grease and flour a 17x11" pan, then spoon in the batter. Bake at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes. Cool, then frost.

1 3 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powered sugar

Mix together and spread on the cooled squares. Add more chopped nuts if you like that.


Sharon said...

Beautiful painting, Sherrie. That blue/orange combo is my favorite right now. And the recipe sounds delicious. Glad to hear you weren't rained out when you visited the Pacific Northwest. As always, it's a pleasure to read your blog posts. BTW, I just finished reading The Stories of Mary Gordon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent writing and provocative and unusual stories.

Rob - monorailrob said...

Wow!!! That's some serious talent you have there.

seesue said...

Such a beautiful w/c. Your colour choices are lovely and your reminicing is right on the money for me as well.

PNH said...

I remember some of those days. Your pumpkin painting is beautiful and the recipe sounds like a keeper. Thank you for sharing

Margie said...

Looking at your pumpkin painting up close, it has some delicious abstract shapes and colors. The recipe's tempting too. Old, faded (and grease stained) recipe clippings always make the best desserts.

Serena said...

A delicious array of colours and beautifully rendered, Sherrie. :)

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juj said...

Love the way that orange pumkin just GLOWs in those blue shadows. This is beautiful Sherrie.

The Wittering Rainbow said...

This is just stunning. I love the richness of the colours. Yummy.

nonizamboni said...

Lovely painting and thanks for the recipe!

phthaloblu said...

OOooooo, I love this painting! The colors and the way it's nestled in the leaves. Nicely done.