Tuesday, February 21, 2012

pumpkin bread

I love discovering new blogs to read, especially ones that give me great ideas for things to try (although now that I am addicted to Pinterest, it is slowly taking over in that department). One of the funniest blogs on the Internet is Nicole is Better so when I discovered she now has a food blog, I got irrationally excited.

It's called Get This In Your Mouth (which is the best name for a food blog ever, wouldn't you say. Shut up, it is).

I printed off a recipe from this blog a while back, planning on baking it "sometime" (you know those things - I have a rather large "to do sometime" pile, if I can be completely honest). I finally had the chance to try the recipe out on Saturday when I was tasked with bringing a dessert to a friend's potluck.

What was this dessert I couldn't wait to make, you ask?

Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling. I love anything sweet and anything pumpkin, which is why this one caught my eye. I have never made a loaf or bread before, so I honestly had no idea what to expect.

Well, it turned out very tasty, if I do say so myself! The recipe made a huge amount of batter, so I ended up getting 3 small loaves out of it (one for the potluck, one for me, and one for choir practice Wednesday evening...gee, thanks to you planets for aligning so nicely). I have to confess - I didn't make the homemade cinnamon cream cheese icing - I bought a container of icing at the grocery store and just added the one tsp of cinnamon and one tsp of pumpkin pie spice. I know, lazy, but I just didn't have everything to make icing from scratch (nor the time).

Hi, I'm Kim and I'm sometimes lazy. Deal with it.

Anyhoo, I was worried about overcooking the bread and making it dry but it turned out perfectly moist! Love! And it really wasn't hard to make. It does take a bit more time than your average cookie just because the loaves have to cook for close to an hour, plus they take a while to cool (or at least they did for me) so it's not exactly something you can whip up at the last minute. I made the mistake of putting the icing on while the cakes were still warm (I was in a rush), and it got very melty and messy. Lesson? Make SURE the loaves cool COMPLETELY before putting the icing on, and just a tip: this cooling will take probably an hour or two.

All in all a good dessert experience, and definitely something I will make again (it was a crowd-pleaser!).

I am the first to admit that I do not love cooking - I have to force myself to do it most of the time so a recipe has to be fairly quick and easy for me to try it out - but I do feel I become more confident with every recipe I try out and find success with. Thanks Nicole - I'm glad I got this pumpkin bread in my mouth!*

Tried any cool recipes lately? Do you like to cook? Where do you get your recipe ideas from?

*Unfortunately I was not able to track this recipe down on the blog or through searches because apparently I'm a total dolt!! I printed it off so long ago I honestly don't remember how I found it the first time. However, I'm sure if you email Nicole, she could send you a copy no problem. Sorry, I don't have time for that bidness*
**PS: do yourself a favour and do a Google Image search for "Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling". Commence drooling*


Jas said...

Pumpkin anything is enough to make me spend copious amounts of time in my kitchen whipping up deliciousness.

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