Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Fall is finally here!!  Bring on the pumpkin!  Long walks in the falling leaves!  Bring on the sweaters and boots!

This recipe is from Real Simple, November 2010.

Substitutions made, noted below.

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp, plus more for the pan
3 c all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pan
– I used Bakers Joy spray on the pan instead of butter and flour
5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree (1 1/2 c)
1/2 c whole milk – I used 2%
1/4 c molasses
1 1/4 c confectioners’ sugar
2 tblsp fresh lemon juice – I used milk and a splash of vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour a 12 cup Bundt pan.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

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Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar on med-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Beat in the pumpkin puree, milk and molasses (the mixture may appear curdled).  It totally will.  Reduce the mixer speed to low; gradually add the flour mixture and mix until just combined (do not overmix).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice until smooth.  Drizzle over the cake.  Let set before serving.

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cartoon-strawberry-9Ah Pumpkin.  Fall and pumpkin go hand in hand.  This cake is the perfect taste of fall.

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Anadama Bread

Sometimes in a local cookbook, a story will be included as to where a recipe came from.  This story made me want to try this bread.

“No Cape Cod recipe collection would be complete without the story of the fisherman who, tired of his wife Anna’s cormeal mush, added yeast and flour to it and proceeded to bake a loaf of bread muttering, “Anna-damn-er,” thereby creating – Anadama Bread.”

This recipe is from Flavors of Cape Cod cookbook.

No substitutions were made.

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Anadama Bread

3/4 c boiling water
1/2 c yellow cornmeal
3 tblsp butter, softened
1/4 c light molasses
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 c warm water (110 – 115 degrees)
1 egg
2 3/4 c all-purpose flour, sifted

Stir together boiling water, cornmeal, butter, molasses and salt.  Set aside to cool.  Dissolve yeast in 1/4c warm water.  Add yeast, egg and only 1 1/4c flour to cornmeal mixture.  Beat two minutes with electric mixer at medium speed.  Stir in remaining flour a little at a time until batter is smooth.

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Grease 9 inch loaf pan and sprinkle with cornmeal.  Spread batter evenly in pan; cover and let rise to 1 inch below top of the pan.  Bake 50-55  minutes in a 375 degree preheated oven.  Crust will be dark brown.  Remove from pan immediately and allow to cool on rack.

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cartoon-strawberry-9Oh Ana, I wonder if you appreciated your husband’s mutterings and messing with your recipes?  Unfortunately, this has been my least favorite recipe so far.  The molasses taste is really strong and the bread is just a little too dense for my liking.

Oatmeal Bread

Is there anything better than the smell of rising and baking bread? Is there a candle or perfume I could have and just smell as needed?

This recipe is from the cookbook, Flavors of Cape Cod – Recipes from the Friends of the Thorton W. Burgess Society.

A full recipe makes 4 loaves of bread, so I cut everything in half. No other alterations were made.

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Oatmeal Bread

2 c rolled oats
1 tblsp salt
1 tblsp lard
1/3 cup oil – I used vegetable oil
1 c molasses
4 c boiling water
1 c warm water
10 c flour – I used all-purpose flour
4 tblsp dry yeast

Combine oats, salt, lard, oil, molasses and 4 cups of boiling water and let cool. – It took about approx half hour for this to cool. Add yeast to cup of warm water and let proof. Mix all ingredients and add flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead for 10 minutes, place in greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Let rise until double in bulk. – This took a little over an hour. Punch down and divide into 4 loaves; place in 9 inch greased loaf tins – I used Bakers Joy. Let rise until doubled. – Another hour. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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cartoon-strawberry-9The only thing better than the smell of baking bread is a warm slice of that bread. The texture is perfect and the oats just magically disappear. I think the molasses taste is a little strong, but not distracting. This one will take awhile, but it totally worth the effort.