One of my mom’s best friends shared her recipe for this special pumpkin bread with me. I first tried it last year over the holidays and absolutely loved it. She recommended using olive oil and whole wheat flour. I used olive oil and half whole wheat pastry flour this time. 🙂 It was incredibly moist and delicious.
I made one loaf in a standard loaf pan and the other in my new Nordic Ware fluted loaf pan to make it that much more special. I froze the special loaf to serve over Thanksgiving weekend. I love recipes that make one batch to enjoy right away and another for later- or to share.
Yield: 2 standard loaves
- 4 extra large eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 15 to 16 oz can pumpkin purée (about 2 cups)
- 1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups sifted whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
- 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground cloves
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 2/3 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Butter two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pans. (I used cooking oil spray.)
- Beat the eggs lightly in a large bowl with a spout.
- Blend in the oil and water.
- Add and whisk in the pumpkin purée.
- In a separate large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; whisk to combine.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the pumpkin-egg mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Fold in the nuts and raisins.
- Using a ladle, disperse the batter between the two loaf pans.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the bread tests clean in the center. (I baked mine for 62 minutes on convection.)
- Cool on a rack in the pans; remove when cool.
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Tags: autumn, breakfast, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, olive oil, pumpkin, quick bread, raisins, snack, Thanksgiving, walnuts, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour
As if my CSA zucchini wasn’t enough, my friend brought me more beautiful zucchini from her garden. I made four loaves of this bread (two batches) with a single zucchini! Amazing.
This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen. I incorporated whole wheat flour. As suggested, I used less sugar and also omitted the add-ins. We ate some, shared some, and froze some for later. This loaf improves with time- perfect to make the night before serving it for breakfast. I imagine it would also be delicious lightly toasted and topped with butter.
Yield: 2 loaves or 24 muffins
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil (can also used olive oil or another vegetable oil)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (can also used half (or even all) turbinado or half light brown sugar)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 2 cups grated, packed zucchini, not wrung out (from about 10 oz zucchini)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
- 1 to 2 cup dried cranberries, raisins, or chocolate chips (or a combination), optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Generously grease 2 loaf pans (8×4 or 9×5) with butter and flour or with nonstick spray. Alternatively, grease 24 standard muffin cups or line with paper liners.
- Whisk eggs, oil, butter, sugar, and vanilla in the bottom of a large bowl.
- Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt over the wet ingredients and whisk them in well.
- Stir in zucchini.
- Gently stir in flours, mixing only until incorporated.
- Fold in any add-ins, if using.
- Divide between prepared pans and bake for 55 to 65 minutes for a loaf, 20 to 25 minutes for muffins, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes on a rack before inverting and removing from the pans. The loaves can also cool completely in pans.
- Store wrapped in foil at room temperature for up to 5 days. Loaves also freeze well.
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Happy Easter! I made this sweet and tender orange-scented bread to serve for breakfast with our hard-boiled Easter eggs. The texture was similar to panettone without the dried fruit.
As an aside, I have to share a photo of my Easter cat with his catnip carrot. ❤ We are all very festive in my house!
Because I live in fear of overbaking my sweets, I was disappointed that this loaf was slightly overdone after I had already significantly reduced the baking time in the original recipe. Don’t worry! We still gobbled it up, but, I modified the recipe below. The sweet orange glaze made it a crowd-pleaser.
This recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour. I weighed all of the dry ingredients and used vanilla and orange extract instead of Fiori di Sicilia. I also reduced the baking time and tented the loaf during baking. Pretty.
Yield: One 10-inch round loaf
- To make the bread: Mix together the starter ingredients, cover the bowl, and let rest at room temperature overnight, or for up to 15 hours.
- Next day, combine the bubbly starter with all the remaining dough ingredients. Mix and knead, using a mixer or bread machine, until the dough is elastic and satiny. We don’t recommend preparing this dough by hand, as it’s quite sticky and challenging to bring together. (I used the beater until the dough came together and the dough hook for about 7 minutes on medium speed to knead the dough.)
- Grease a large bowl and let the dough rise for 1 to 2 hours, until it’s noticeably puffy. (I used a proofing oven.)
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface, divide it into three pieces, and shape each piece into an 18″-long rope. Braid the ropes together, and connect the two ends to form a wreath.
- Cover the wreath and allow it to rise until puffy, about 1 to 2 hours. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F, preferably on convection.
- Bake the wreath for 10-15 minutes, then tent the loaf with aluminum foil and reduce the oven heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 8-15 minutes. The finished loaf will be golden brown, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center will register at least 190°F. (I baked it at 375°F for 15 minutes, and 350°F for 10 minutes and the internal temperature of the loaf was 205°F.)
- Remove the wreath from the oven, and transfer it to a rack to cool.
- To make the glaze: Stir together the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the milk or orange juice. Add more liquid 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until the glaze is thin and pourable.
- Drizzle the glaze onto the cooled braid, then decorate with sprinkles, if desired.
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As my son said after gobbling up his first piece, “This is GOOD banana bread!” 🙂 Really good. It’s probably because it’s actually more of a banana coffee cake. The streusel was amazing.
This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living. I incorporated whole wheat flour. It made a very special breakfast but would also be a wonderful snack or dessert.
For the Streusel:
- 6 T unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for the pan
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
For the Cake:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup banana purée from 2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- Place an oven rack in the lower third. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan or Pullman loaf pan with butter or cooking oil spray; line with parchment, leaving a 1-inch overhang on long sides.
- Make the Streusel: In a bowl, combine flours, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the butter and pecans until small clumps form and mixture is evenly moistened. (I used a pastry blender.) Set aside.
- Make the Cake Batter: In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt.
- In another bowl, whisk together butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk; stir in mashed bananas.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and pour banana mixture in. Stir together until just combined making sure not to overmix.
- Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle half of the streusel evenly over the batter.
- Add the remaining batter, then sprinkle remaining streusel over the top.
- Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes in a standard loaf pan (tenting with foil after 1 hour if browning too quickly), or 1 hour in a Pullman loaf pan.
- Let cool in pan 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely before serving.
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Tags: banana, banana bread, breakfast, brown sugar, brunch, cake, coffee cake, dessert, pecans, quick bread, snack, streusel, whole wheat
Yield: One 10 or 11-inch round loaf
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, cold (you may need a little less or more)
- 2 large eggs, cold
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, COLD, cut into smaller chunks, plus more for greasing the baking dish
- 1 cup dark seedless raisins
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- Equipment: one 10- or 11-inch round, ceramic or glass baking dish. A round, straight-sided dish is best (not a pie dish with slanted sides). You could substitute a metal cake pan but not a very dark metal non-stick pan, because the top will likely burn before the interior of the loaf is cooked.
- Position oven rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 375° F, preferably on convection. Use the “extra” butter to generously grease the baking dish. Dust the baking dish with flour: scatter a small handful of flour inside the dish and shake it around so that bottom and sides are coated. Turn dish over and tap out any excess flour.
- Pour buttermilk into a medium bowl or measuring cup. Break eggs into buttermilk and whisk with a fork to just combine. Add baking soda and whisk to just combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- Scatter 6 tablespoons of COLD butter over the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter or, if you don’t have one, use two table knives in a criss-cross motion from edge-to-edge of the bowl to cut in the butter. The butter should be visible in small bits throughout the flour, not completely absorbed.
- Gently stir in raisins. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
- Pour 1 cup of the buttermilk mixture into the well. Stir gently with wooden spoon (do not use your hands) until flour is moistened. Use a spatula to gently fold any dry flour from the sides and bottom into the wetter dough. (Fold gently, don’t whip the dough or over-stir.) Add more of the buttermilk mixture as needed, in small amounts, to create a dough that is neither too wet or too dry. You may need more or less than the 1-1/2 cups buttermilk called for. If you need more liquid, plain buttermilk is fine. The dough should look lumpy and be more wet than dry.
- Dust a little flour on your hands, then shape dough quickly and roughly into a ball, without over-handling it. Transfer dough ball to the greased and floured baking dish. Use the back of the wooden spoon to spread dough in as few strokes as possible to edges of dish.
- Use the handle end of the wooden spoon or your index finger to make a shallow cross (1/4 inch deep) on top of the dough, top to bottom and side to side. This is to encourage the bread to rise in quarters for easier slicing. Very lightly scatter a tiny bit of flour over the dough.
- Place baking dish in oven. Baking time will be about 35 to 45 minutes. Check after 30 minutes: bread should be golden brown and look set. Test by inserting a knife in the center of the bread. If there is wet dough on the knife, bake for up to 10-15 minutes more. Do not over-bake.
- Remove from oven and let bread cool in baking dish about 10 minutes. Remove from baking dish and let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. (It will crumble if you try to slice when still warm.) Keeps very well for a few days, wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap. (I let mine cool in the baking dish.)
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Tags: breakfast, buttermilk, golden raisins, Irish, quick bread, raisins, snack, soda bread, St. Patrick's Day, whole wheat
I made this super moist and tender breakfast cake with my precious Meyer lemons. It could be made with regular lemons too, of course. I did think that the tangy glaze was a little over the top, so I modified the recipe to make half of the amount next time.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, via The View from the Great Island.com. I incorporated whole wheat pastry flour in addition to cake flour and baked the bread on convection in a Pullman loaf pan. Special and tasty. 🙂
For the Cake:
- zest of 1 Meyer lemon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup cake flour or all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
For the Glaze:
- 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice to thin, start with 1 tablespoon and add more as necessary
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Lightly butter (or spray with cooking oil spray) a Pullman loaf pan or 9×5 loaf pan and line it with parchment paper with long ends so you can lift the bread out later for glazing and slicing. Crease the ends so that they do not fold over onto the cake while it is baking.
- Remove the peel from the lemon with a vegetable peeler. A serrated peeler works best for this. You want to remove just the yellow part of the peel, with little of the bitter white part.
- Put the sugar and lemon peelings in a food processor and process until the peels are completely incorporated into the sugar.
- Put the lemon sugar and butter into a stand mixer and cream until light and fluffy ~ a full 5 minutes.
- Beat in each of the eggs, one by one, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Continue beating for another 2-3 minutes.
- Whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt and add to the mixer, alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Finish mixing by hand, to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed, but don’t over beat.
- Turn the batter into the prepared pan, spread out evenly, and bake on the center rack for about 40 minutes in a Pullman pan, or up to 50-55 minutes in a standard loaf pan, or until fully risen and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it (moist crumbs are fine).
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove, using the parchment paper handles, and let fully cool on a rack.
- Meanwhile whisk together the sugar with enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze. Spread the glaze over the cooled bread.
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A friend shared this wonderful recipe with me knowing that I go strawberry picking every June. I couldn’t wait for my fresh picked berries to make it though. 😉 It was such a crowd pleaser, I will have to make it again with my special berries! It’s a summertime version of French Apple Cake. We ate it for dessert but it would also be fabulous as a coffee cake.
This recipe was adapted from Foodtastic Mom, via The View from the Great Island. I used 3 large eggs instead of jumbo eggs and modified the baking time. The recipe suggests baking the cake in a springform pan or a cast iron skillet. Next time, I’ll have to try the skillet version. Amazing!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 14 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- Set oven to 350°F, preferably on convection.
- Lightly spray a 9 or 10 inch springform pan with cooking oil spray. (Alternatively, a 10-inch cast iron skillet can be used.)
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
- Cream the soft butter with 1 cup of granulated sugar in a stand mixer for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the side of the bowl a couple of times.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in the vanilla.
- Stir the sour cream and buttermilk together, and then add the flour to the mixing bowl alternately with the wet, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until combined, but be careful not to overmix.
- Fold in the berries and turn into the prepared pan. Smooth out the top. Sprinkle the surface of the cake liberally with the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cake no longer jiggles in the center and the top is golden and slightly crackled. This cake is meant to be custardy in the center. The exact cooking time will depend on the pan size you use. You can insert a toothpick in the center to test. (I baked mine for 38 minutes in a 9-inch springform pan.) Update: The (also delicious) 10-inch cast iron skillet version made with freshly picked berries baked for 35 minutes. I may even check it slightly earlier next time.
- Let cool briefly, and then unlatch the spring and remove the outer ring. I like to run a spreading knife along the edge first to loosen any parts of the cake that are sticking to the pan. If using a skillet, serve the cake right out of the pan.
- Cool completely on a rack before slicing.
- This version uses half sour cream and half buttermilk, but you can use all sour cream, all buttermilk, half and half, full fat yogurt, or full fat milk for this cake.
- Other berries or fruit can be substituted for the strawberries.
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Tags: blueberries, breakfast, buttermilk, cake, cast iron skillet, coffee cake, dessert, French, peaches, skillet, sour cream, strawberries