News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 13, 2011

Tried 'n' True: A great pumpkin dessert from Aunt Eloise

Jackie Lindley
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — My Aunt Eloise Nichols is a good cook, although she doesn’t cook much anymore. She gave me this recipe many, many years ago.

She now lives in Kansas. I like to think she’s here whenever I use one of her recipes.

This one is so easy. Most people will have most everything on hand. I hope you try this Pumpkin Dessert.

Thanks, Aunt Eloise.

Great Pumpkin Dessert

1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin

1 - 12 oz. can evaporated milk

4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 1⁄2 cup chopped nuts

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 package yellow cake mix

3⁄4 cup margarine (melted)

• Combine pumpkin, milk, spice, eggs and sugar. Mix well. Pour into a prepared 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with dry cake mix into pan, drizzle with margarine. Top with nuts.

• Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

• Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

Jackie Lindley is a great-grandmother and retired Clark County, Ill., farmer. Send comments and recipes to her at 20472 E. 500th Road, West Union, IL 62477.