Every year the women in our church host a Christmas Tea. Hundreds of women come to this holiday event, where they can browse the beautifully decorated tables, soothe their weary souls with holiday sounds, relax with a cup of tea and a scrumptious dessert and most importantly, be spiritually refreshed from God’s Word!
When I signed up to bring a dessert, it was a no brainer. I have never met anyone who did not adore this recipe. Actually, it is my sister’s signature dessert…she introduced us to this fabulous dessert, Pumpkin Crunch! It is easy to prepare and unlike so many desserts, this has the redeeming nutritional feature of 2 cans of antioxidant, beta carotene rich pumpkin!
In a large mixing bowl dump a 28oz. can (I used 2 14oz. cans) of pumpkin, 1 10oz. can evaporated milk, 3 eggs, 1 c. sugar, 1 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. ginger and cloves and 1 t. vanilla. Mix well. I didn’t get out my electric hand mixer, my large whisk worked fine.
Pour mixture into greased 9×13” pan.
Pat dry yellow cake mix on top. Add nuts.
Then pour 1 c. melted butter over all.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
It broke my heart not to be able to cut a decadent piece and photograph it’s beauty…but I promised to bring a pan of dessert, which did not allow for any pieces missing! However, I was hoping there would be a piece at my table that I could then photograph…no such luck, but I did have this fantastic coconut dessert that I enjoyed to the last crumb!
The inspirational message was on “Joy”. We hear a lot about this word during the holiday season, but it goes so much deeper than just a happy feeling at Christmas. Happiness is a usually a result of happenings. What happens when those happenings include illness, financial setbacks, fractured relationships or various situations that infringe on our comfort? Happiness flees and we get consumed with fear, despair and bitterness. However, when we have deep-seated joy in our heart because of a saving faith in Jesus Christ we can have peace in any circumstances! Our joy meter is not measured by happenings, but because we trust in a Savior who filters everything that comes our way, through His almighty love!
Enjoying the tea with my three sweet daughters-in-law, my granddaughter, and two very special gals visiting from Mexico!
Pumpkin Crunch Dessert
1 yellow cake mix (no pudding)
1 –28oz. can pumpkin
1-10oz. evaporated milk
1 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger and cloves
1 t. vanilla
1 c. melted butter
1 c. chopped pecans
Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and spices with whisk. Pour into greased 9×13” pan. Pat dry cake mix on top. Add nuts then pour melted butter over all. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Let cool before cutting and serving.