Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

Wow ... it's been awhile since I last posted. I haven't really baked anything unique to post so sadly I've been ignoring my blog. I guess I'm a bad blogger .... :o(

Fall is upon us and everyone is posting fall-themed baked goods from pumpkin cupcakes to apple crisp, and I of course had to jump on the fall baking bandwagon! I love fall; it's my favorite season here in Minnesota. I love the leaves changing color, the c
ooler air, the smells and colors associated with autumn, and I love fall baking, especially when it involves pumpkin.

After browsing through numerous recipes, I decided to try a pumpkin bread recipe I found posted on Tasty Kitchen. And man was it tasty! Perfect amount of spice, pumpkin and all that breakfast bread goodness. I made only half the recipe (one loaf) and my husban
d and I ate it in two days it was so good! Oh wait, three ... I finished the last piece for lunch today. It was so, so very good. I wish I had some now!!

Check out this recipe if you love pumpkin bread. It was very moist, very flavorful and was good for breakfast and for lunch! It wasn't overly sweet, just the perfect amount. http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/breads/streusel-topped-pumpkin-bread/

A few notes ...
I didn't buy all those spices the recipe calls for. I used the full amount of cinnamon, then substituted pumpkin pie spice in place of the nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cardamom. By cutting the recipe in half I would have needed only 1/8 of a teaspoon of each and that small amount wasn't worth purchasing a $5 bottle of each spice and I had pumpkin pie spice already so that's what I used. That $20 extra dollars for spices was not in my grocery budget! I think the taste of the bread was perfect using the pumpkin pie spice instead though!

For the streusel topping I did not add the oatmeal or flax seed. (Or the pecans because adding nuts is just nuts in my opinion!) Next time I make it I would choose to add the oatmeal to see how that tastes, but the only oatmeal I have on hand is that instant stuff in those little packets so I had to skip it this time. The streusel topping was still good though without it!

I can't wait to try more pumpkin recipes I have found on other people's blogs. Everyone is so creative; I love learning from them! I'll try to be a better blogger in the coming weeks and bake more, and post more. So, on to finding the next recipe!