Tuesday, November 3, 2009

new season. new things

i love november. probably my favorite month.
all the leaves have turned, the weather is just perfect.
no humidity, no sweltering days, just refreshing gust of cool air on my rosy cheeks.
my lips are always chapped but it feels so nice when I apply the almond butter. so comforting

pumpkin bread, banana cookies, hot apple cidar, strong coffee.
such a beautiful feeling.

well after a exasperating week of stress and moving, we are finally settling in.
it feels so nice to have a warm cozy home that i love.

our new house is comfy, carefree, colorful. oh so many words!
it was made for fall.

we have our bedroom and kitchen set up, of course the most important rooms to me.
things are changing and we like it.
we have already decided where to put our christmas tree.


now for my recipe!

pumpkin bread:

*suggestion- when cooking breads, especially once with spices and such, its worth the money to get fresh spices that will burst in flavor! (ie- Saigon cinnamon, far more flavorful then generic cinnamon)

1 pound fresh organic pumpkin puree
3 ½ cups pastry flour
1 cup organic canola oil
3 cups raw sugar
4 free range eggs
2 teaspoons organic baking soda
1 teaspoon organic baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup cold water

Oven: 325 degrees.

take the pumpkind and peel, sedd and cut into pieces, then steam until soft.
puree the pumpkin in a food processor until there are no lumps.

in a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, pumpkin and eggs together.
in another bowl sift together all the dry ingredients.
fold the two mixtures together and the water.

Great and flour two loaf pans and pour batter into the pans.
bake for 1 hour or until cooked in the middle (you know the tooth pick trick)

cool in the pans on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes, then turn our of pans and let them finish cooling.
serve warm but wrap in foil to keep moist!


as it has gotten cold recently I've needed something fall to put on my toast in the mornings, something different.
so i made this little mixture up and its wonderful!

Pumpkin Spice Spread!
I have not tried it on the pumpkin loaf, but if you love pumpkin, im sure its fabulous!

I haven't measured it all out yet, but it's very simple and you can do it to taste!

4-8 oz (depending on how much you want to make!) cream cheese
3-5 tablespoons of brown sugar
a couple spoonfuls of pumpkin
2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

soften the cream cheese, sugar and syrup in a bowl until creamy.

add the rest of the ingredients and beat until smooth. refrigerate at least an hour!

thats it for today, more bites tomorrow!

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