Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe

pumpkinteapotTemperatures in our area went down into the 40’s last night!

Autumn is definitely knocking on the door.

I must admit that I am so looking forward to baking again, though!

During the heat of summer, I avoid the oven if at all possible. No sense in adding fuel to the fire, so to speak. Now, with the cooler weather, it will be fun to make some new recipes as well as the old favorites! Here’s one you might enjoy. ūüôā

Pumpkin Spice Bread (Makes 3 Mini Loaves)

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup canned pumpkin (or 1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Cinnamon Sugar Glaze (below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the bottoms of 3 miniature (5-inch by 3-inch) loaf pans.

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, oil and water until well combined. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in raisins. Divide batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Drizzle with Cinnamon Sugar Glaze. Makes 3 miniature loaves.

Cinnamon Sugar Glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Stir in more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until of drizzling consistency.

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Apple Season Recipe

Don’t you just love the¬†fragrance of a crisp fall day? Autumn¬†has always been my¬†favorite season. Growing up in New England, I’ve had a front row seat for¬†nature’s annual¬†magic show¬†of brightly¬†colored foliage in a rainbow of rich¬†hues. But besides the fresh air, the bright sunny days,¬†and the glorious shades of the¬†falling leaves . . . there are the apples!¬†Perhaps you enjoy visiting an orchard at this time of year¬†to hand-select your own fall apples, or maybe you enjoy watching the operation as cider is¬†pressed.

But, even if you buy your apples already bagged at your local grocery, one thing is sure; the cooler autumn temperatures make this the ideal time to return to your kitchen and do some serious baking. No need to worry about heating up the house too much Рthose muggy summer days are behind us now! Something baking in the oven will do a nice job of taking the chill off a fall afternoon, not to mention offer an additional benefit Рaroma therapy! Is there anything more wonderful than the smell of warm cinnamon and apples?!? It can cheer even the most curmudgeonly of roomies!

So, in honor of “Apple Season,¬†2008”, I’d like to share a recipe¬†that was¬†my grandmother’s. She’s gone now, but I carry many memories of her¬†in my heart. She was delightfully funny . . .¬†witty, actually!¬† She was the original organized homemaker, but then that’s really all that¬†girls¬†of her generation had to strive for. She was rather shy (but a great story-teller), very generous, and had a way of letting you know she loved you . . . without a lot of words.

I still miss her, but I know¬†she’d be tickled that I’m sharing this recipe with you. It’s delicious and easy to make!

¬†Helen’s Apple Squares

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1 cup flour

2 tbs baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs

3/4c chopped walnuts

3 large apples (diced)

brown sugar to sprinkle on top

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Mix together first 8 ingredients and

¬†Pour into a greased 9″x13″ pan.

Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Cool and cut into squares.

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Yum!!!¬†¬† ūüôā

We can call it “comfort food”, but¬†I’m thinking¬†that the true comfort comes from¬†realizing¬†that we are part of a nurturing continuum.

As we pass on recipes, ideas, knowledge, stories and love to our families and their families, and to our friends and their friends, it suddenly hits us:

Sharing with future generations is (as they say in the commercial) РPRICELESS!