Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Host or Hostess gift: Pumpin' up the Pumpkin

Hello all my little pumpkin and soon-to-be turkey eaters. I hope your weekend was fantastic! It was beautiful here in West Marin and the cool air lent itself to being the perfect backdrop for baking in the kitchen.
With a lot of you traveling to go see friends and family for Thanksgiving this week, I thought it might be nice to package up a spicy, pumpkin-themed loaf of yuminess, as a host or hostess gift.
Because let's be honest, no matter how excited your friends and family are to see you, they would prefer you to show up toting some "adult" jiggly juice or homemade baked goods. Which may just translate into some extra helpings of mashed potatoes on your plate. That's what I'm talking about, jump on that gravy train.
...And nothing screams Thanksgiving like Pumpkin. So I played in the kitchen over the weekend and whipped up my own version of nutty, sweet & spicy, pumpkin bread.

1 (15 ounce)  can of pumpkin
4 eggs
3/4 cup veg oil
2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
splash of vanilla
Chopped Walnuts (as many as you like- totally optional)

I Combined all of the wet ingredients together. Then, separately I whisked all of the dry ingredients together (breaking up any clumps). Then little by little I incorporated the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. I baked it at 350 degrees for close to an hour. I would peek in every 15 mins because baking times vary.

*I also took a stick of very cold butter and forked it with a little bit of flour, sugar, and cinnamon to create a little bit of a topping that melted into the bread while baking. This is totally optional but if I have an excuse to use butter and extra sugar, I'm all in folks

It made one large loaf and three smaller individual sized loaves for me to package up. The large loaf may have just stayed at my house so Oliver could "test" it all weekend- just sayin'. The house smelled so amazing after all of the loaves were baked, it made my fall adoring heart swoon.

There is just something magical to me about holiday time baking that brings this nearly 31 year old gal back to being a fun sized, pigtail wearing girl at our family farm.
I hope you all have a lovely Monday planning out your Black Friday sales map and preparing your stomachs for your Thanksgiving feast. I will see you lovelies on Wednesday. Until then, I'll be embracing my thankful heart and trying to be kind to everyone I see.


  1. Goodness, this looks so yummy! Thanks for posting this recipe. I'll have to try it! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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