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Paul's Pumpkin Patch Pudding Recipe

This recipe originated with Donna Esh, whose husband, John, is the manager at the restaurant my brother Jim and I operate. I reworked it slightly and named it after our dad.—John Smucker, Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 40 squares)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • PUMPKIN FILLING:
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • 1. Combine the first three ingredients; press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; set aside.
  • 2. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and eggs until blended; pour over crust. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  • 3. Soften gelatin in cold water; set aside. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored; set aside. In a saucepan, combine pumpkin, 1 cup sugar, milk, cinnamon and salt; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir 1 cup hot pumpkin mixture into yolks; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in softened gelatin. Set pan in ice water and stir until mixture reaches room temperature, about 5 minutes.
  • 4. In another bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; gradually add vanilla and remaining sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 398 calories, 22 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 170 mg cholesterol, 376 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.