Oct 16, 2011

Yummy Monday: Marsipity

(Amazon link)
     Today's recipe is simple and special. Pumpkin pie inspired by the beautifully illustrated, Halloween book Marsipity.
     Created by writer Barbie McConnell and illustrator Rusty Gregory (check out his portfolio here & his wife's book blog here), Marsipity is the story of two friends who share a very incredible Halloween. And pumpkin pie (they also eat soup and bread in the story. You could make a whole dinner!).
(From Amazon)  
     In their picture book for readers aged 4 to 8, first-time author McConnell and artist-illustrator Gregory put the treat in trick-or-treat with a sweet Halloween tale that takes an unexpected turn as a little boy discovers his best friend's bewitching secret.
     McConnell has wisely teamed with accomplished artist Gregory, whose eye-filling illustrations, hand-drawn and digitally colored, resemble soft watercolor paintings that generously elevate the story's homespun charm.
"I surely do like Marsipity, she is so sweetly shy."
"Oh yes," sighs Marlin wondrously. "And the things she can do with pumpkin pie."

Easy Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients: (from Betty Crocker)
     1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
     1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
     1/2 cup sugar
     1 cup evaporated milk
     1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
     1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
     1 teaspoon vanilla
     2 eggs
     Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Stir all ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled. Serve with whipped topping. Store covered in refrigerator.

Green Whipped Cream Topping
     1 cup heavy cream
     1 teaspoon vanilla extract
     1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
     several drops green food coloring (depending on how dark you want it.)
     Chill large bowl in freezer. Remove bowl and pour in heavy cream. Mix with hand held mixer. Whip cream until stiff peaks are JUST forming. Beat in vanilla, food coloring, and sugar until peaks become stiff. Don't over beat though, or it will become butter!

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