You’ll fill yourself with turkey, stuffin’, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish and all the fixin’s and then you’ll be ready for the coveted fresh baked pumpkin pie right? Well, not quite. While I imagine there are a lot of pumpkin pie lovers out there, I would venture to guess that are a lot of people that enjoy the pumpkin flavor but don’t enjoy that heavy dessert after a loaded Thanksgiving Feast.
I’ve got an easy dessert that involves fresh pumpkin and all of the homemade pumpkin flavors with a little fluff to it thanks to my mother. It makes the perfect dessert to add to your menu for kids!
I imagine you’ve heard by now, I have a no canned pumpkin rule. It may work in a pinch but doesn’t really highlight the wonderful, natural flavors of pumpkin. There are of course dozens of ways to prepare it but I would suggest you start with my tutorial on how to steam a pumpkin. Rather than whipping it in the mixer, we’re going to get a smoother texture by using the Fruit Strainer attachment for the KitchenAid Mixer.
Simply start by adding small chunks of steamed pumpkin through the strainer opening.
After using the fruit/vegetable strainer for the first time I absolutely loved the texture it created but was a bit disappointed in the mess it leaves behind. There are a lot of parts to this attachment that will need cleaned and does a great job of hiding puree in nooks within.
Pumpkin Dip Ingredients
- 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon (heaping) pumpkin pie spice
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz cool whip whipped topped, thawed
In a mixer, whip pumpkin puree and powdered sugar. Add spice and cream cheese and continue to mix (setting 6 on KitchenAid stand mixer) for about 1 minute. Add whipped topping and mix for an additional minute.
You’ll want to refrigerate the pumpkin dip until it’s time for dessert and serve it with a plate of gingersnap cookies for dipping.
Be sure to check back next week as we explore all of the wonderful ways to use turkey leftovers and begin the Kitchaid Artisan Mixer Giveaway! Until then, I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Disclosure – The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer featured in this recipe was provided to me free of cost by KitchenAid. Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.