Welcome Fall with a great baked Pumpkin Pudding



(from "The Gluten-free Guide to Vegetarian Recipes" by yours truly)

1 12-ounce can pumpkin puree (or fresh equivalent)

1 1/2 cups milk (cow, soy, rice, almond, coconut)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon clove powder (optional)

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder (optional)

2 cups evaporated cane juice or other granulated sweetener

1/2 cup arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) (found in natural foods store or Indian grocer)

1/4 cup neutral vegetable oil (such as corn or canola)

  • Canned pumpkin is easiest, but you *could* prepare fresh pumpkin squash (or acorn, butternut, etc.) by steaming or baking.

  • Dissolve arrowroot powder thoroughly in milk with wire whisk or fork in medium-sized mixing bowl.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Add remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and stir well.

  • Oil or spray glass or enamel baking dish and fill with pumpkin mixture.

  • Bake for 40 minutes.

  • Excellent served either warm or chilled with dollop of cream or vanilla ice cream.


Ian Finn is an upbeat cookererer.

Gears grinding down. Head and heart heavy. I took stock of my life and wasn't thrilled with what I saw: broke (or damn near close to it), ailing family members, loveless (yet again), spinning wheels at work and school (if it wasn't a glass ceiling I had hit it may as well have been concrete, for all its crushing power).

I called off work, sick with what could have been H1N1 and thought, "damn... is this all there really is?"

2 days later, I emerged from my Baudelaire-ian ennui, and found my life-force returning. Spirits lifting, glass-half-full, I gave thanks for the good health I've grown so used to enjoying, and reminded myself that as long as my creative nature is churning, there's butter to be made.

Day 1 out of "Le Funk," I did what always seems to set my heart and mind at peace: cooked and cleaned. Somewhere inside this MMA-badass-wannabe is a dainty, domestic 'lil thang, quite content to putter around the house dusting, mopping, and chopping.

I made some Pumpkin Pudding.

Now you can, too...

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