Monthly Archives: November 2013

Pumpkin Loaf

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And we’re back to pumpkins. I think it’s still appropriate to post things with pumpkins in it. I find that once February rolls around, pumpkin is tiring and I’m kinda tired of seeing it. I mean, pumpkin is awesome because you only get to have it one certain time of year. So when I see recipes in February that say “Most Awesome Pumpkin recipe ever!” I turn my head because at that point I’m done. Right now though, I’m all about the squash.

They need a better way to peel the butternut squash though. At least I do. Lets work on this people.

Anyways, I brought this recipe into work and it was a hit. I’m still asked if it will ever return to the office again. Which it might, but that will be after I open my next can of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Loaf
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ½ cup nuts (optional) (not included in the above picture)
  • 1⅔ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix first six ingredients well
  2. Mix together and add remaining ingredients and bake in regular loaf pan for 1¼ hours at 325 degrees.

Adapted from Bethany’s Best Church Cookbook.

Lemon Scented Rosemary Walnut Shortbread

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I don’t know about all of you, but I’m starting to think about Christmas baking. Its making me a little sad, but excited at the same time. On one hand, I have to make a whole crap ton of cookies, which means lots of oven time and dirty bowls. But I’m excited that I get to make them, and get to share them with you!

Speaking about the holidays, we didn’t hand out candy this year, because we live in an apartment building. So I went Christmas shopping and wrapped gifts. That’s right. I wrapped Christmas gifts on Halloween. I told some friends and I was ridiculed and was looked at with a little disgust. I don’t really blame them.

But back to baking! I’m trying out some cookie recipes to see if I want to change up the roster that I already have. These have not made the cut, however they were pretty tasty and different. The one thing I did find is that with the vegan margarine they didn’t act as they would have with butter. It was a little more difficult to get them to stay firm, instead of crumbly. However in the end worth all of the trouble.

Lemon Scented Rosemary Walnut Shortbread
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Recipe type: Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegan margarine
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup walnuts ground
  • 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and lemon zest until fluffy; beat in vanilla. Stir in flour, walnuts, rosemary and salt until combined. Knead 5 times to make smooth dough. Divide in half and shape into discs; wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill until firm but not hard, about 45 mins.
  2. Between waxed or parchment paper, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. Using 2 inch cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Place, about 1½ inch apart. on parchment paper-line baking sheets; refrigerate for 30 mins.
  3. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 325 degree oven until golden, 10-12 mins. Let cool on pans on rack for 5 mins; transfer to racks and let cool completely.

If you are planning to make these ahead, they will store in the fridge for up to one week, and in the freezer for a month.

Adapted from Canadian Living Holiday.