Pumpkin pie may be a Thanksgiving classic, but there are plenty of other times to enjoy this popular fall dessert. Whether it's quick and easy or with cinnamon, apple or pecans, look no further for the best homemade pumpkin pie recipes.
My birthday is in late November so my mom often morphed the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie into my birthday "cake" and had all the family sing for me. This is an update on her recipe, adding lots more of our mutual favorite ingredient, ginger. The pie's best after it's nice and chilled. Birthday candles optional. —Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
When I go to potlucks, family gatherings or on hunting and fishing trips with my husband and son, this cake is one of my favorite desserts to bring. The flavorful cake stays moist as long as it lasts, which isn't long!
-Marilyn Paradis, Woodburn, Oregon
"Hey, these are good!" is the surprised remark I hear when I bake these for the family. As simple as it may seem, all I do is follow directions. This works exceptionally well when it comes to making cookies. —Ian Badeer, Hickman, Nebraska
When a friend shared this recipe, it had a fancy French name. Our children can never remember it, so they say, "Mom, please make 'that good salad.'" Now our friends and neighbors request it for potluck dinners. —Betty Lamb, Orem, Utah
Cheese soup is one of my favorites, but it's a bit too rich for my husband's tastes. So, by changing the ingredients a little, I came up with a variation of potpie we both enjoy. (If I'm in a hurry and don't have the time this takes to bake, I'll leave off the crust, add extra milk and serve it as a chowder.) —Sandra Cothran, Ridgeland, South Carolina
Moist and scrumptious, these scones come out perfect every time. I savor the chewy dried cranberries and sweet orange glaze. There's nothing better than serving these remarkable scones warm with the delicate orange butter.
The flavors of autumn star in these delightful pumpkin pancakes that are topped with a sweet apple cider syrup. Light and fluffy, the pancakes are perfect for breakfast or brunch or as a snack anytime! —Brenda Parker, Portage, Michigan
For the perfect combination of eggs, sausage, bread and cheese, this is the dish to try. My mom and I like it because it bakes up tender and golden, slices beautifully and goes over well whenever we serve it.
-Gayle Grigg, Phoenix, Arizona
This protein-filled dish could be served as a colorful side dish or a meatless main entree. When you make it, double the recipe because it will be gone in a flash! The basmati rice add a unique flavor and the dressing gives it a bit of a tang. —Janelle Lee, Appleton, Wisconsin