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Potluck Pumpkin Torte Recipe
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Potluck Pumpkin Torte Recipe

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A local newspaper featured this potluck-friendly recipe years ago. A creamy alternative to pumpkin pie, it quickly became one of my favorites. —Peggy Shea, Lowell, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1-2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 413 calories, 24 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 109 mg cholesterol, 296 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. In a large saucepan, combine pie filling and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly.
  3. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Cool for 10 minutes. Spread over cream cheese layer. Spread whipped topping over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Torte in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p53

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 413 calories, 24 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 109 mg cholesterol, 296 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"My advice to others is first read the recipe just before making it! Especially note how much milk and pumpkin puree to add. And if you do what I did and use whole cans of pumpkin and evap milk, you'll then have to spend much time on rescuing the torte. I came through in the end, but it took too much time. Oh and remember that the recipe needs flavored pumpkin puree, not the plain."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"I have used a similar recipe, and wanted to give this a try. There was only one adjustment made to the recipe. I did add pumpkin pie spice to the filling. Everyone loved it at Thanksgiving and the dessert looked great!"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"This was a really great dessert. Nice and light and very flavorful. I did let my pumpkin filling cool for quite a while and did not add my whipped topping until everything was totally cold. Makes a beautiful presentation."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"The pumpkin filling is odd. The gelatin type texture was just not right for pumpkin."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"This was really good despite the fact that I messed up & put in a full can of milk. I just added a little more gelatin. I also used canned pumpkin & I just added spices & sugar. It still came out great & everyone liked it. I will probably be making it for Thanksgiving."

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