Each year, Fall beckons me to enjoy all things pumpkin, so I thought I might pass a few of these favorite things on to you! You don’t have to be a Fall fanatic to enjoy them. However, if you DO share the the same sentiments toward Fall, may your little heart beat sappily (is that a word?) and happily as you try a few new pumpkin things!
1. Pumpkin bread: Recently, I photographed my first batch of the season, and I got tons of comments! This is a family favorite that my mom baked every Fall, brought to our Thanksgiving gatherings, and froze so that we could enjoy throughout the holiday seasons. (Warning: If you dare try the recipe included at the closing of the blog, you may want to make more than one recipe. It never stayed in the freezer long!)
2. Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter: I tried this for the first time this year, and it was instantly a favorite. Eat it on scones, add it to your peanut butter sandwiches, spread it on pancakes. Every way we’ve tried it has been quite delectable! (Bought at Central Market)
3. Lola Savannah Pumpkin Spice Coffee: I am usually quite disciplined with my coffee intake, considering caffeine does a number on my body (if I drink a cup after dinner, I’m bound to stay up until 2 AM), but this coffee tempts me to drink unresponsibly. It’s a perfect combination of pumpkin, spice, and coffee flavors minus the sugar and price of a Pumpkin Spice latte.
I will leave you with our family recipe for pumpkin bread in hopes that you enjoy it as you carve a pumpkin, sit outside on a cool night, or something else fabulously fallish!
2 3/4 c. sugar (I’ve been told you can put half this, and I’ve tried half sugar, half Splenda if you are especially health-conscious)
1 c. Crisco
3 unbeaten eggs
2 c. pumpkin (1 can pumpkin)
3 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp each: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice
Cream sugar and Crisco. Add eggs, beat well. Add pumpkin. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Add to mixture. Grease pans and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes (more or less, depending on ovens). Makes 2 loaves. Top will brown and crack when done.