Mennonite Pumpkin Platz!

Mennonite Pumpkin Platz (yes, I know technically it's not a "platz" but that's what we called it as kids growing up in Abbotsford ;-)

Pumpkin Sheet Cake | Perfect Thanksgiving Dessert

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 cup milk
1/2 cup 100% pure pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spray a 12”x17” jelly roll pan with non-stick spray like PAM.

In a large bowl, beat together, melted butter, milk, pumpkin, and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Then beat in flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

Pour batter into the prepared jelly roll pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until the center springs back to touch. Cool completely! 

1/2 cup (1stick) butter
8 oz cream cheese (1 block)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
6 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In a large bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon on a low-speed until combined.

Then slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once all the powdered sugar is mixed in, beat on high until the frosting is smooth. Spread frosting on top of platz.

It almost that most wonderful tootyi time of the year!! Have you memorized a “wensch”?! Saying a verse in front of the whole church was a bit stressful at the time but now it's become a wonderful memory of Christmas!  Enjoy some fun with this greeting card and T shirt that celebrate this wonderful Mennonite tradition of the Christmas “tootyi” (goody bag) .

The most unique Mennonite Christmas greeting! Click on the card for details.

It always seemed to be the highlight of the Christmas eve service: “Frie-wellegus” better known as “open mic” came at the end of the service when all kids who were not old enough for Sunday school, could come up and offer a “wish” (or Bible verse) into the microphone. It was always so beautiful to watch toddlers waddle up to the front and try to say something. After their “wish” they were given a tootyi. 😊 The hard red raspberry candies were my favorite. (also known ask "grandma candies"). All the kids in Sunday school got their tootyi from the Sunday school teacher.

Show up at your Christmas celebration wearing this one of a kind Mennonite Christmas tradition T-shirt.


And for some other Christmas giving ideas; how about a Plautdietsch dictionary or a new copy of  The Mennonite Treasury cookbook?!

Remember those awesome Mennonites dishes that mom made?!  Well they ALL here in the classic cookbook that made Mennonite food famous! Makes a great gift idea for helping the younger generation to keep the food traditions alive!


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