Recipe: Pumpkin Bread with Dried Fruit and Nuts

It is finally beginning to feel a bit like fall here in South Carolina.  While it is definitely not the same as autumn in New England or out west, it is enough to get me thinking about fall foods and especially pumpkin.  I saw a recipe for Golden Stollen on the King Arthur Flour website this past weekend.   The golden color of this bread is a result of pumpkin.  This bread sounded like the perfect fall bread so I went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients that I didn’t have on hand — dried cranberries, candied ginger, and pumpkin — and then came home and made this.  I followed the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website with a couple of minor changes.

Pumpkin BreadWhile this bread was baking it filled the house with the sweet aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  I will definitely make it again.  A slice of this bread with a cup of tea, a fire in the fireplace, and a good book would make a very nice fall evening.

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Another Sweet Birthday Surprise: Black Forest Whipped Cream Cake Recipe

This black forest whipped cream cake has been my birthday cake for as long as I can remember.  It is not like the black forest cakes often sold in bakeries and stores; the base of this cake is a whipped cream cake and not a chocolate cake like in many store bought versions.  I may be biased, but I like this one better! The whipped cream, which is folded in to the batter, makes this cake nice and moist.

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Banana Buttermilk Pecan Muffin Recipe

I had a couple of very overripe bananas so I set out to find a recipe in which to use them.  I adapted this recipe from a Williams-Sonoma recipe for banana buttermilk muffins.  I substituted brown sugar for the sugar and pecans for the walnuts, and added cinnamon.  The resulting muffins were not too sweet or banana heavy and had a nice crunch due to the pecans.  Even Jaime, who normally does not like bananas, enjoyed these banana nut muffins.

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Orange Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

These muffins are so good!  They take a bit more work than standard muffins as they have a gooey cinnamon brown sugar filling, a crunchy streusel topping, and a sweet orange glaze, but I think the extra work is worth it.  These muffins would be a great for a Father’s Day Brunch or other special occasion.  I know I’d love to wake up to the sweet, cinnamon aroma of these coffee-cake like muffins.

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