Tuesday, October 9, 2012

best pumpkin bread eva

pumpkin anything is a fall favorite in my home so this week-end i had planned on making pumpkin bread. then i remembered we had early morning soccer pics followed by a soccer game, birthday parties, two play dates (can i call them that anymore? my kids seem too big for that) corn mazes planned, pumpkin picking to be done, senior breakfast dresses to be bought, a new backpack to be purchased and a few school projects-i was feeling a little mommy maxed. ya feel me?

then on sunday when we were at fornier farms we purchased some of their pumpkin bread to take on their train ride- oh, p.s. their train ride is approximately 2.2 minutes long so by the time you get the plastic bag off the loaf it's time to disembark the train.

anyway, the kids were acting like they hadn't been fed in years, never mind the hot dogs and sub sammies and chips and lemonades and kettle corn remnants still stuck to their faces, they were literally stuffing this bread into their mouths oohing and ahhing about how this is the best bread ever.
ok. so i tried a small piece because i know my pumpkin bread recipe is freakin' good and had to see what this bread had on mine.
are you kidding me?? i mean, it wasn't bad. at all. but please! mine is sooo much better-less bland and more fall spicy!!

so, although i was super tired from conquering the maze, and hauling fat pumpkins, and driving all over the valley, going to parties, cheering at games, doing 1 not so successful mall trip, sitting in the petting zoo with a fancy chicken perched atop my head (not kidding) i was determined to make my pumpkin bread and show them what really darn good pumpkin bread tastes like.

these lil round pumpkin loaves are the perfect size

  • 2 tsp. baking soda

  • directions

    1. preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease and flour whatever pans you'd like to use. this recipe made 4 of the round pumpkin loaves, 2 mini loaves and 1 large loaf. i always try to make my breads in the smaller loaves because i feel that they cook better and are evenly moist all around whereas the larger loaf always seems to get hard corners that nobody likes.
    2. in a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar and blend. in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
    3. bake small loaves for about 20 minutes, large for about 45-50 minutes. pop the loaves out of the pans right away and set on cooling rack.
    if you want to get the pumpkin pan they have them at oriental trading company right now for under 4 bucks!

    oh, and by the way, my bread is almost gone.
    and i really wasn't kidding about the bird on head photo...

    no, i don't feel stupid
    isn't it cute when your daughter puts a bird on your head then yells "don't move"!!
    all i could think of was to stay still and calm or i would either have bird crap on my head or it would freak out and tangle itself all up in my hair.
    this would have been the perfect day for me to be wearing a sock bun-or maybe it would have thought that it was a nest??? hmmm... thankfully there was no screaming, no tangling and no crap.
    now go make yerself some pumpkin bread!

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    dangerous mini pumpkin pies

    if you had been at my house this last week-end you would have had a mini pumpkin pie (or 8) and i would probably be filling out a restraining order against you right about now because i guarantee you would be hangin around waitin' for more.
    these things are that good. it's almost ridiculous! my new favorite to be exact.
    i wish i could virtually pop one in your mouth right now (i'm a sharer)  but i can't, that sucks, you lose.

    okay, so i bought the mini pie shells. you can make your own shells but why? buy them. that way you have more time to sit with your cup o' joe and eat them. hit up your grocery store, they are about 6 bucks for 16 or so.
    then just follow your fav pumpkin pie recipe, fill the cups full and bake at 375 for about 14 minutes.  present them on a pretty tray topped with whip cream and watch while people literally think of you as one of the coolest people they know. truth.

    here is the recipe i used:

    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

    *if you dont have pumpkin pie spice you can add the 3 ingredients below.
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

    mix these together then add your egg.
    1 large egg

    add remaining ingredients and fill into pie shells
    1 cup libby's pumpkin puree 

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 5-ounce can evaporated milk

    they look even better when you sprinkle with nutmeg but since my littlest little swears she is allergic i skip it.

    lastly, and this is the most important part of all.
    get someone who will observe you while eating these and stop you before you eat them all.
    that's the problem with me and mini treats.