With the crisp, cool, mornings finally here, I find myself head over heels for all things related to fall. I love this time of year. I love big mugs of warm concoctions, be it hot chocolate or apple cider...it all makes me feel giddy with anticipation about what lies ahead. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Sweaters, hoodies, boots, the color of the leaves, hay rides, and bon fires. And pumpkin. Gotta have my pumpkin.
I love everything to do with Pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, cake, cookies, bars, cheesecake. A staple dessert at my parents home was Pumkin Pie Cake- delicious blend of both pie and cake with a superb pumpkin heartiness that was sure to warm your soul. Josh and I both love the pumkin spice lattes at Starbucks and the pumpkin bread.
So, when I came across the "Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Clone Recipe" I was thrilled to pieces. I bought the ingredients and headed home to bake the night away. The bread came out gorgeous...simply gorgeous. And that says alot, most breads that I've made in the past were less than pretty: Crumbly, soggy, and falling apart. But once I sunk my teeth into my so called Starbucks Clone Recipe, I was disappointed. It tasted like nothing more than a heavy bread with Cinnamon. The cozy pumpkin flavor was lost somewhere along the way. After two bites, I had enough.
So I set about creating my own recipe. It turned out lovely. A fairly sweet bread, with a wholesome pumpkin flavor, that is sure to celebrate the joys of autumn with you...
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup butter (melted)
1 can of solid pack pumpkin (approx. 15 oz.)
2 large eggs
2 cups sugar **
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix egg, pumpkin, butter, sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Mix until well corporated. Cook 35-50 minutes or bread is set in the middle.
**The recipe originally called for 1 1/2 cups of sugar, but added more, since I prefer a sweeter flavored bread.
So today, with my slice of pumpkin bread and a glass of Iced Chai, I enjoyed a quiet afternoon of reading (book review coming soon!). A nice ending to a wonderful holiday weekend. :)
How was your Labor Day?
Mrs. Southern Bride