large family food ideas…desserts…pumpkin pie

Large family food ideas desserts pumpkin pie….

I have found that with having a large family most everything that we do is different than the average family.  That includes dessert making.  I used to love making pies for our family but by the time I had made enough for our large family I would have 3 pies stacked one on top of the other in the refrigerator and usually that would result in someone accidentally knocking over the pies and making a mess in an already overcrowded refrigerator.

There had to be another way ……

I came up with making our pies in a jelly roll pan.  It was easier to make one large crust instead of individual round ones, and cutting and serving was way more convenient.

I use the same ingredients that I would for my traditional  pies but with an extra ingredient added to the crust to give it a little more structure.

Large family Pumpkin pie squares


  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c oatmeal
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter


  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2- 15 oz cans pumpkin
  • 2- 12 oz cans evaporated milk
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t nutmeg

Place all of your crust ingredients into your food processor


Turn your food processor on “dough” setting and pulse for a few minutes until crust is combinedImage00018

When crust is combined, pat your crust in a baking pan. I use a glass 9×13 pan.   Bake for 15 minutes in a 350 oven.


Place all of your pie ingredients into a large mixing bowl


Mix all of your pie ingredients on low for 2 minutes until thoroughly combinedImage00022

After thoroughly combined, pour mixture over crust.


Bake in 350 oven for 45 min or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean

Image00028When cool, place pie in refrigerator and when chilled, cut and serve your pumpkin pie.








5 responses to “large family food ideas…desserts…pumpkin pie

  1. I am going to make this today! It is our home blessing day, where we clean and get ready for our weekend as this is my dh’s Friday. Can’t think of a more fun way to reward my crew for getting ready for Daddy! Thanks. 🙂

    • Kersten,well I hope that your recipe turned out. What is our your “home blessing day” it sounds interesting….amy

      • My recipe was a hit. Took it to a friends house who welcomed us for dinner and didn’t know the hubby didn’t like pumpkin pie. He did however like this! Everyone had seconds and concurred that it was better than pumpkin pie. Great for me as it was so much easier to make!!!!! I did forget to bake the crust first but no matter as that was what they liked best, the soft crust! So thank you. 🙂
        Home blessing is the fifth day of our week. It is the day before Daddy’s two days off and we clean house top to bottom, gear up for our weekend, and prepare our hearts for family time and rest. I love it as our house is clean for about 3 minutes, and I can focus on taking off the homeschool hat and just have fun. I love homeschooling but I have learned that breaks are good too. I also love this time as it reminds me to be thankful that we live in such a beautiful home, in a safe neighborhood and in a country where I can worship freely.

        • kersten, wow that is so great to hear that everyone loved it!! I like the family home blessing day. That is such a great way to word what you do. We do a similar thing, make sure that all of our work is done so that we can just enjoy our weekend with our Daddy. I try and make my foods and snacks before the weekend hits so that we can be ready to just go in a moments notice, depending upon what Dad wants to do. So awesome. amy

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