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Pumpkin Bread

by Nancy on November 8, 2011

in Breads,Snacks,Vegetarian

I suppose I can admit that we don’t always have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving anymore. Kinda sad I know but the apples on my tree ripen about a month before Thanksgiving so I often make an apple pie and freeze it so all I have to do is bake it the day before. And then I have a couple of diehards that insist on a pecan pie for Thanksgiving. Carrie is one of them so she bakes the pecan pie, one less thing for me to do. But it still doesn’t seem like fall without something pumpkin with the accompanying spicy aroma.

So to get my pumpkin spice fix I make pumpkin bread and have a slice or two for breakfast with a cup of tea. Many pumpkin bread recipes suffer the same “flaw” as carrot cake (another favorite of mine). To keep the bread moist, the recipes use a lot of oil – 2/3 to 1 cup for an average loaf. I don’t like my pumpkin bread or carrot cake to leave an oil ring on my plate and that oil adds a lot of calories. So I tested several recipes and made a few changes of my own until I came up with a recipe that is moist and uses only 1/3 cup of oil.

Pumpkin Bread

Makes two 3″ x 7″ mini loaves.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
  1. Blend pumpkin, sugar and egg with spoon in 1 quart bowl.
  2. Stir in oil, salt and spices.
  3. Add water, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Mix in flour.
  5. Pour into two 3″ x 7″ mini loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes. Do not underbake.

 

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English Muffin Loaf

by Nancy on April 5, 2011

in Breads

What I love about this English muffin loaf is that it has “knooks and crannies” and real English muffin taste just like store-bought English muffins. I bake it in small loaf pans so that when it is sliced, the slices are about the same size as a round English muffin. The best part is that you get almost all center, only the two end slices are covered with crust.

Use the suggestions in Fast Yeast Breads, One Rise in a Warm Oven to make these loaves up quick.

English Muffin Loaf

  • 1 T yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 cups flour

Makes one 4″ x 8″ loaf or two 3″ x 7″ loaves.

  1. Heat milk to 110 degrees. You should be able to hold your finger in it without it getting so warm you want to remove your finger.
  2. Pour milk in bowl. Add yeast, salt and sugar. Proof.
  3. Add soda and flour. Beat until well mixed or knead lightly. This dough can be soft and doesn’t need to be kneaded heavily, just enough to mix well.
  4. Grease loaf pan(s). Place dough in pan(s).
  5. Let rise until tripled.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes then remove from pans, place on rack until cool.

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Gingerbread Men Cookies

by Carrie on December 7, 2010

in Cookies

It’s taken me 8 years now to perfect my gingerbread men and now they’re one of my favorite Christmas cookies.

Gingerbread Men Cookies (adapted from the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook)

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  1. Beat butter or margarine, sugar, baking powder, ground ginger, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves in an electric mixer.
  2. Add molasses, egg, and vinegar and beat until combined.
  3. Add flour and stir until incorporated.
  4. Cover and chill dough for about 3 hours.
  5. Roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick. I roll my dough out on the cookie sheets.
  6. Cut gingerbread men out with cookie cutter. I use the Wilton Comfort Grip gingerbread man.
  7. Bake at 375° for 6 to 8 minutes.

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Combine powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl.
  2. Transfer to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner cut off to ice your cookies.

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Raw Apple Cake

by Nancy on September 21, 2010

in Breads,Breakfasts,Cakes,Desserts

Raw Apple Cake

Raw apple cake is another old recipe handed down from my Grandma Brink that I make regularly. I like it better than applesauce cake for a couple of reasons. Bits of apple, along with the raisins and nuts, give this cake more texture than applesauce cake which I find too smooth. Also, most people use store bought applesauce which usually has very little flavor hence the cake has very little flavor.

I only make this cake in the summer from sweet, fully ripe summer or fall apples. Jonathan apples are my favorite. They rarely appear in the markets so I planted my own tree (did I say Jonathan is my favorite apple?).

This is a heavy, moist cake. Don’t try to tip the whole cake out of the pan, it’s likely to fall apart. Cut it into serving pieces and move the pieces to a serving plate or serve on individual plates.

Raw Apple Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening (butter or margarine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped raw apple (1 large apple)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  1. Cream sugar and shortening.
  2. Add egg, spices, soda, raisins, apple, and nuts.
  3. Mix in water and flour.
  4. Pour in greased pan and bake at 350 degrees; 8″ square pan for 40 minutes, 15 cupcakes for 20 minutes.

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