Saturday, January 7, 2012

pumpkin yum

I only have a few pictures to share with this wonderful recipe. I didn't have high hopes for it turning into anything edible...but it's simply delicious and came together in just minutes. Definitely taking a loaf along for our weekend trip to St. Catherine's to visit with an old family friend of Drew's! 

pumpkin bread

4 eggs
1 c oil
1 15oz can pumpkin
1 c orange juice
1 1/3 c brown sugar
1 1/3 c white sugar
Beat all ingredients, in order listed, in a mixer until well combined.

Then, sift together (or, I mean. who are we kidding. I just dumped them in the kitchen aid) the following ingredients.

1 1/2 t salt
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t ground cloves
1 t nutmeg
1 2/3 c whole wheat flour
1 1/3 c white flour (add more if the batter seems too runny)
3 T flax seeds. totally optional. I just felt like I needed something to counteract the sugar.

Mix on low speed just until combined. Alton brown fun fact: if you over mix flour into batters or doughs, it releases the gluten which makes for stiff, not so tasty snacks. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and blend in any neglected goodness.

Spray two bread pans with pam. Now, you can just dump the batter in, divided evenly between the two pans. OR, you can read on and have something even more delicious.

Use a measuring cup to scoop about two cups of batter into each pan. Sprinkle some brown sugar, oats (um. maybe a few tablespoons of each? I definitely just eyeballed this) and a few spoonfuls of the leftover christmas cranberry sauce that's just about to go bad, hiding in the dark corner of your fridge (please don't calculate how long it's actually been there). Top with remaining batter (distributed between the two pans, of course) and sprinkle a few oats on top for flair.

Slide those beauties into the oven and bake for about an hour at 350 degrees, or until just a bit moist inside. Let cool in pans and then slice and enjoy!

I had a wee bit of left over batter that I used to make a few muffins, baked for about 25 minutes until they were perfect, puffy, pumpkin domes.

smeared with a little buttah

The perfect blog companion. Maybe this means I'll actually do more blogging in the coming weeks...hmm...