Sugar, spice, pumpkin – oh my my!!!!

free public domain image

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For my dear friend Huntie, at Chasing Rabbitholes,  here is the pumpkin bread. It is the time of year for everything, and I mean everything flavored pumpkin spice. This is a dark, spicy, moist pumpkin bread I have been making for years. It was given to me years ago while I was at university by a Yankee classmate. Lord bless her down east, Maine heart for her goodness in sharing this. The only things I have changed about this recipe is adding chopped English walnuts, increasing the ginger, and by reducing the oil noted in the original.

If you like Starbucks pumpkin bread, you are going to love this and wonder how in the world you paid all that money for something not as good?

Pumpkin Bread
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2/3 cup water
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans. If making muffins, add liners to muffin cups. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, applesauce, water and sugar until well blended. 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. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake for about 60 minutes in the preheated oven Use toothpick test to determine doneness). Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. You can bake as muffins – One loaf and 12 muffins. Adjust cooking times.

You can add a dab of cream cheese icing to bread/muffins. I melt 1/2 stick butter and stir in a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar until well blended. Poke holes in bread with a toothpick and slowly drizzle butter mixture over both loaves. It doesn’t take much!!

 

 

Slow Cooker Food: Part I Irish Oatmeal

NOTE:  I posted this last November.  I am posting again along with another post of Overnight Oats.  I have made some changes to this.  For those of you who want to eat healthier and don’t have the time, and trust me, I understand, this is a great recipe.  So is the Overnight Oats but I’ll get into that in that post.  Below is the original post for this:

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It is starting to be crazy time…..in the states we have the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years insanity.  I like to fix food that is brainless, yummy, and soothing. I also like foods for crappy rainy/snowy weather that puts its arms around you and soothes and warms you.

NOTE:  Some of you may have noticed I do not add pictures of food being prepped, packages of ingredients, etc.  My thing is:  you all cook.  You know how to chop things, what food ingredients look like, etc.  Unless it is something downright weird or incredibly hard, you are on your own.  I trust you.  If you every have any questions, please do contact me.

Slow Cooker recipes Part I:  Slow Cooker Irish Oatmeal

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (or Irish oats)  Not: quick, instant, etc.
  • 4 cups liquids (I used 2 cups water, 1 c. natural apple juice & 1 cup regular flavor almond milk)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (I use a good cinnamon, usually Saigon)
  • 1 apple, skinned & chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins, or craisins, or dried plums (chopped into raisin size pieces)
  • Stevia, honey, raw sugar or other sweetener of your choice to taste, or not
  • Optional: ¼ c. chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds….I love nuts. You don’t have to.

Add apples, dried fruit, and cinnamon to crock-pot.  Plus 1 cup steel cut oats.  Then 4 cups liquids.  Stir everything well and set slow cooker to low setting for 7 hours. The cinnamon on top was crusty, and the apples  fell apart in my mouth.  My whole house smelled like apple pie.  Even my cat was trolling for breakfast.  This reheats well.  You can also add the chopped nuts afterwards in case someone has nut allergies.

Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel Cut Oatmeal (Photo credit: missYcola)

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