Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Great Pumpkin

Happy Halloween everyone!  I hope you all enjoy this time to celebrate with Jack O' Lanterns, Costumes, Candy, and Trick or Treating as well.  I love this time of year, anytime to step out of the ordinary and celebrate the extraordinary actually.  In preparation for a busy afternoon and evening I made some soups: Chicken Matzo Ball and Green Potato.  What could be better to accompany these than some sweet and spicy Pumpkin Bread?

And I had a thought.  Why not combine two of my favorite things from this time of year: Pumpkin and Chai?  Today is just the day to give it a try.  Instead of using the standard spice combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, I'm going to substitute a very spicy Chai blend.

All that's stopping me from this task is waiting on another egg.  Maybe if I bribe the girls with their own pumpkin celebration I'll get that egg earlier??????

 Pumpkin Chai Bread
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar OR LESS
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chai blend  OR 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped walnuts OR MORE
1 Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs,  and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.
3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

Can easily double the recipe.


Anonymous said...

I have a problem with the overall premise of your article but I still think its really informative. I really like your other posts. Keep up the great work. If you can add more video and pictures can be much better. Because they help much clear understanding. :) thanks

Mommy Chicken said...

Hi A - Thank you for your feedback! And, I'm assuming the premise itself is Halloween? If yes, I understand completely. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about "this holiday." There is some pretty interesting history behind it, and all kinds of info on the web, but mostly I just wanted to say I hope your evening yesterday was comfortable overall. By the way, the pumpkin bread was so good.

Momoko said...

So sweet!

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