october’s famed pumpkin!
growing up, i wasn’t a big fan of pumpkin… it all started when i tried a piece of pumpkin pie and the texture didn’t mix well with me for years after i avoided anything pumpkin because of that bad memory. a few years ago however, when i was first working for garnish catering, i had to make pumpkin bread… i LOVED it!!!!!!! this bread is so crazy yummy and easy to make – my favorite combo! i made it earlier this fall with nutella swirled throughout the batter for a new twist and fell in love all over again!
i have to admit that i am not a good pumpkin carver. i get these great ideas in my head, and then somehow always manage to mess it up royally! this year i decided to come to terms with my sucky pumpkin carving skills and bought a few beautiful, organically shaped pumpkins and squash for decoration instead of the classic perfect carving pumpkin. i especially love the white pumpkins, and am in the process of conjuring a new creative way for me to decorate those instead!
in honor of my new found love of pumpkin, i wanted to share some fun pumpkin dessert recipes i found on some of the blogs i follow! i have also included the pumpkin bread recipe of course, which was taken from gourmet. my only normal change is leaving out the apples. what are your favorite fall pumpkin recipes??
coffee shop pumpkin syrup from savvy eats
pumpkin s’mores cake from desserts for breakfast (i have to say, this recipe has me drooling on my keyboard!!)
french pumpkin macaroons from yummy mummy
roasted pumpkin seeds three ways from return to the garden
no-bake pumpkin cheesecake sandwiches from chocolate shavings
pumpkin apple bread taken from gourmet
makes two loaves
1 T all-purpose flour
5 T sugar
1 t ground cinnamon
1 T butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 t salt
2 t baking soda
1.5 t ground cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t ground allspice
1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
4 large eggs lightly beaten
2.25 cups sugar
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
preheat oven to 350
to make topping:
blend all the ingredients together in a bowl with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. set aside.
to make the bread:
butter two loaf pans and set aside. in one bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. in another bowl, whisk together the puree, oil, sugar, and eggs. add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients bowl, stirring well until incorporated. fold in the apples if using.
divide the batter between the two loaf pans and sprinkle the topping on top of each. bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.