This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.
It’s my favorite time of year! The weather is cooler, the holidays are coming and I get to bake delicious food to share with my friends and family! I’ve had this Pumpkin Crunch recipe stashed away in my Gramma’s recipe box for years. The internet is a funny place though. You think you have a recipe that’s unique… only to find out a zillion other folks’ Grammas have been claiming the same recipe — I guess it’s just that good! I sure won’t blame Gramma for trying to pass it off as her own, this dessert is divine! Of course, I added a few things to make it my own.
First off, instead of greasing the pan, I reach for my favorite can of PAM Cooking Spray! The Baking PAM works perfectly for all of my baked desserts.
Unlike the bargain-store brands, the Original, Butter and Baking PAM Cooking Sprays leave less residue buildup on my baking dishes and cookware — up to 99% less. I hate scrubbing off that icky yellow buildup from other brands so PAM Cooking Spray is one of my must have holiday baking supplies! It also doesn’t hurt that there are zero calories in this non-stick solution!
Using PAM Cooking Spray is one of several Smart Tips I use to make my time in the kitchen pleasant. Another favorite Smart Tip is to clean up your mess as you go. No one likes spending the day baking then spending hours cleaning up! Have a sinkful of hot water standing by and add your dirty items as you use them. Every time you have a free minute in between tasks — wash a few items. This makes cleanup a breeze!
And last but not least, always make more goodies than you think you’ll need! Inevitably, you’ll burn the first batch, someone will walk by and sneak one… or four… cookies, or maybe you just want to make an extra something to store in the freezer for later. Having extra goodies is always a good thing!
Okay, that’s enough jabber! Let me show you haw I changed up Gramma’s old recipe card to make Cranberry Pumpkin Crunch dessert!
The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of regular sugar — I think that is way too much! I subbed 1 cup of dark brown sugar and it was just about right. The yellow cake mix topping makes this a sweet dessert so you could even cut back to 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of the brown sugar.
Think of this dessert as a spicy pumpkin custard or pumpkin pie without the pie crust. Dare I say it — I almost love this MORE than pumpkin pie *gasp!
The addition of 1 cup of fresh cranberries really makes this pumpkin dessert shine! If my weird family liked cranberries, I would have upped it to 1 1/2 – 2 cups because the bits that had a cranberry in them were the best!
Oh the nuts! I am a nut lover so I amped up the crunch by using 2 cups of chopped pecans instead 1 cup — more please!
Once the ingredients were ready, I poured my pumpkin custard mixture into two pie dishes — a 10 1/4 inch and an 8″ one. You can certainly go with the original recipe and make this dessert in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. I just wanted to be festive :)
These scattered cranberries are going to be so juicy!
And now for the special reason why this dessert is so good — top your custard and cranberries with a box of classic yellow cake mix. Then, sprinkle on your nuts. THEN…. pour 2 sticks of melted sweet cream butter over top it all.
*Groans… who can resist melted butter? Not me!
Pop it in the oven on your center rack for 55 minutes. Your kitchen will smell like Heaven by the time it’s done baking!
Now, you could eat it just like it is — warm from the oven. But why pass up the chance to make homemade whipped cream?
I added a half pack of cream cheese, some vanilla and white sugar to my heavy cream and whipped it with my KitchenAid. Here’s another Smart Tip — If you want heavy cream to whip up really quickly — put your whisk attachment in the freezer for 10 minutes.
I will tell you that Cranberry Pumpkin Crunch is delicious warm out of the oven…
at room temperature…
and even by the spoonful cold from the fridge. Shhhh!
- 1 15oz can Pumpkin
- 1 12oz can Evaporated Milk
- 3 large Eggs
- ¾ - 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 cup Fresh Cranberries, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 pkg Classic Yellow Cake Mix
- 2 cups Pecans, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup Sweet Cream Butter, melted
- 4 oz Cream Cheese, at room temp
- 1¼ cup Heavy Whipping Cream, chilled
- ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 9" x 13" baking pan with Baking PAM Cooking Spray.
- In large bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix with wire whisk until well combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Scatter fresh cranberries evenly over custard.
- Sprinkle yellow cake mix over top custard and cranberries.
- Spread chopped nuts evenly over all.
- Carefully drizzle melted butter evenly over top nuts.
- Place on center rack in preheated oven.
- bake 50 - 55 minutes until top is golden brown and custard is set.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Serve warm or chilled, topped with whipped cream.
- Store leftovers in fridge.
- Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add whipping cream, sugar and vanilla.
- Continue beating until cream forms peaks -- about 2-3 minutes. Store in air-tight container in fridge for up to 2 days.
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