Between this month and next many people will get tired of the relentless pumpkin recipe posts. Please let me add to that irritation Pumpkin marks one of the most beautiful times of the year. Gloomy weather, autumn colored trees, and decorated yards all scream Happy Fall! Witches on broomsticks, black cats, graveyards, and spooky set ups galore but don’t forget your apple cider with a slice of Pumpkin Pound Cake!
A few days ago I posted about how to roast a pumpkin for pumpkin puree. This is one of the recipes created from that puree. I swear by fresh roasted pumpkin. The aroma when this is baking tingles your nose and beckons the spirits whom plan to haunt on All Hallow’s Eve! Can you see the speckles of flavor dripping from the whisk?
Maybe we should get a little closer so you can see the pretty pumpkin spiced dough. This is a simple recipe and so fun to pass along to friends or neighbors to get the baking season going. What are your favorite recipes to share that contain pumpkin?
My son harassed me over this recipe. He wouldn’t stop till he could get a slice. See his hands here pouring the icing as I photographed it. He just wanted me to finish it so badly so he could eat it all. If I let Chancelor he would eat the whole loaf on his own with hot chocolate or a spiced latte in the other hand.
We like a lot of icing so it really dries to the loaf. It’s amazing that they like this as they don’t like normal butter cream icing. They will scoop it right off cupcakes and cakes. Though, I admit I prefer icing rather then thick frosting on cupcakes. What do you prefer?
Remember to ice it cold and let it dry so it crumbs like this when you slice it. Let me know in the comments below what decorations are you setting up and what would you pair with this Pumpkin Pound Cake?
Before I tell you how to win the Calphalon digital convection oven you must first read all about my strawberry banana french toast I baked up in my very own Calphalon digital convection oven that they so sweetly sent me.
For years I bugged the other half to buy me a convection oven to use endlessly for easy dinners. What I LOVE about this convection oven is the size. It fits a small pizza or a 9×13 cookies sheet. Yes, you can bake cookies in it in the summer without heating up the entire house. How brilliant is that in Texas’ super hot summer heat!
The oven is perfect for teenagers that have light cooking skills. On more then four occasions now my teenagers have used it to make their dinners while the other half and I headed out for date night. They love it too! The convection oven has custom time and temperature settings for bagels, pizza and cookies. The pull out crumb tray makes it a breeze to clean. It takes reading the manual and playing with the settings to get use to and remember how to work it. I already have it aced though!
Below the recipe is the giveaway but first here is a look at one of the easy make head or do the day of breakfast recipes we baked up in the digital convection oven.
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*Disclosure: Calphalon is providing one winner with a digital convection oven. I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed here are my own.
The lovely people over at Cascadian Farms were fabulous enough to send me two boxes of their new Ancient Grains Granola cereal and give me two to give away plus a tote! Before we get to the giveaway there is this delicious recipe for granola blueberry muffins and granola banana muffins I want to show you first. After the family sampled Ancient Grains Granola they instantly decided that we needed to make a recipe from it. A short discussion went from granola bars to muffins. Since it is on my food list to make my own muffin recipes, I figured why not!
My son, Chance, quickly stated that these were the BEST blueberry muffins he had ever tasted. Though his idea is he made them. He did all the measuring and mixing while I, of course, directed him with my recipe. Since they are teenagers now my goal is to teach them to cook like me but always keeping a few recipes secret. That way when they move out they have to come home to have their favorites.
These are simple muffins to bake and make a quick healthy breakfast on the way to school. In fact, my son was eating one on the way out the door this morning. However, today is my son Tommy Lee’s 17th birthday. He and I are about to head out to have lunch for just the two of us at the Chinese buffet; that way he will get his fill of sushi.
Bake these yummy muffins this Fall
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*Disclosure: I was given two boxes of Cascadian Farms Ancient Grains Granola to review. I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed are my own.
This morning I came across a site that gave me the perfect inspiration for a recipe involving carrots for the Fall Fest at FN Dish on Food Network. V’s family is from Prague and they make a wonderful salad involving carrots and apples. The dish is scrumptious but generally not visually appealing. I wanted to put a twist on the dish but I wasn’t sure just what to do till I stumbled upon this interesting carrot art “how to” at Sophistimom. For a tutorial on how to cut the carrots in hearts as featured below please check out her website. This is a simply fresh way to serve up carrots and apples with a cuteness factor. Our family loves this recipe and even eat it at breakfast!
For more Fall Fest Recipes please visit the FN Dish – Fall Fest on Food Network or check out the list below for more recipes from the Fall Fest including carrots.
Thursday Night Dinner: Pickled Carrots
Virtually Homemade: Roasted Red Onions and Carrots With Pomegranate Gremolata
Haute Apple Pie: Carrot, Apple and Radicchio Slaw
What’s Gaby Cooking: Thyme and Honey Roasted Carrots
Glory Foods: Honey-Carrot Bread
Daily*Dishin: Carrot Cake Hawaiian-Style
FN Dish: Quick Carrot Sides for Thanksgiving
Cooking With Elise: Spiced Carrot Marmalade
Dishin and Dishes: Roasted Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots
Daydreamer Desserts: Carrot Cheesecake
Mooshu Jenne: Apple and Carrot Hearts Salad
The Sensitive Epicure: Maple Bourbon Glazed and Braised Carrots
Daydreamer Desserts: Carrot Martini
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Carrot Slaw
This is my contribution to the Fall Fest FN Dish on Food Network this week. Don’t forget to check out the other great recipes below my recipe here.
Chelsea, my best friend and cousin, came in on Sunday to visit me. Monday night we went to see one of our old friends and phenomenal guitarist Jonny Radtke from Kill Hannah (Polar Moon). Although, he was not on tour with Kill Hannah he was playing with the band Filter; which was cool to see. One of the arts we at Muusat enjoy is making treats for our friends in a few bands. Monday night we took them some popcorn balls and pumpkin nutella bread. After a few marriage proposals from Phil ( jokingly of course ) we were glad to see they enjoyed the food just as much as we enjoyed the show. Can not wait till next time! Lots of hugs to Jonny and Filter!
For pictures and more about the show; check out Muusat.com
Other great recipes for Pumpkin on the FN Dish Fall Fest this week:
What’s Gaby Cooking: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
The Cultural Dish: Pumpkin Waffles
Cooking With Elise: Pumpkin Chip Scones
And Love It Too: Creamy Pumpkin Fruit Dip
CIA Dropout: Pumpkin Panna Cotta With Gingerbread
Haute Apple Pie Girls: Pumpkin Bread Parfait
I Am Mommy: Pumpkin Pancakes
Dishin and Dishes: Maple Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Virtually Homemade: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins With Pumpkin Seed Streusel
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Pumpkin Pizza
Daydreamer Desserts: Pumpkin Fattigman
From My Corner of Saratoga: Baking Pie In The Pumpkin
FN Dish: The Ultimate Pumpkin Soup
Cooking Channel: Pumpkin Risotto
The Sensitive Epicure: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Molasses Marshmallows
Daily*Dishin: Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake
ZaikaZabardast: Pumpkin Jalebi
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf
First, I would like to say that this is recipe comes from Our Best Bites. It’s the yummy Chunky Monkey pancakes aka chocolate banana pancakes. We also experimented and added a new ingredient. This is such a filling pancake that I could not even eat a full one!
So, yesterday my son and I were discussing food and his picky eating habits. He is 15 and should love food but doesn’t. He loves breakfast but not much dinner food. I thought if I prompted him to cook that maybe he would get a interest into experimenting with foods. I am hoping this will open him up to more flavors and trying new foods.
This morning I was looking at Our Best Bites website at the Apple Cider Caramels. I showed him the caramels and he said they looked good and we started to browse. He said “What are those pancakes?!”. He asked to make them. I, of course was like absolutely! My son made his first batch of pancakes on his own. He loved them and even decided to add cocoa into the batter after making a few from the recipe. Now he has a fantastic idea for another set of pancakes that him and I together will be posting soon!