Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hey pumpkin: Your Thoughts Are Your Treasure!

There is something to be said about seasonal foods. Because they go away for months, having them back again jiggles our memories.  The tantalizing aroma of pumpkin bread baking in the oven, lingering spices from apples cooking on the stove, these sensations bring many wonderful memories back to life. Like a computer, our brains store these memories like we store food in the pantry.  Apple pies, warm soups, cranberry sauce, dressing, coconut cake, sweet potato casserole, etc. are some of those foods that can bring warm memories to many of us. Don’t get me wrong, we can have cranberry sauce any time of the year, but I just prefer to save it for Thanksgiving. Such foods are linked to chapters of our lives and that is a warm, pleasant feeling worth preserving!


•    1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
•    4 eggs
•    1 cup vegetable oil
•    2/3 cup water
•    3 cups white 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
•    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
•    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.

2.    In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cayenne pepper. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

3.    Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


The Breakfast Lover said...

Yo como special K con chocolate muchos días para cenar, por el tema de la linea ;)

No conocía el pan de calabaza, nunca lo había visto por aquí en España. Me gustaría probar de hacerlo, a ver si me decido porque tanto con el pan como con las calabazas soy muy inexperta, algún día hay que empezar!

Fashion Chalet said...

Oh my Mom makes it too. I love pumpkin anything ;) !!


Daniel said...

That looks delicious, Sir. I could go for some pumpkin bread like a madman.

I hadn't really given seasonal foods too much thought, but I see your point in saving cranberry sauce for certain times of the year. I can see how eating turkey every day might deflate some of the magic of Thanksgiving, etc...


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