My Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread Closeup

Sing it with me now: “It’s beginning to look a lot like…Fall.” It’s still Fall. We may be starting to sneak a little bit of Christmas music and books into the house, but there are still a couple weeks of it being socially acceptable to have pumpkin fever. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin brownies, and a couple more loaves of this pumpkin bread are all on the menu before we jump into the official Christmas season.

The pumpkin spice crazy is out of control these days. The grocery store shelves are lined with fake pumpkin spice everything. Cookies, cereal, crackers, candy, pop-tarts…even milk. Milk! It’s pumpkin spice insanity. I don’t know about all the artificially flavored pumpkin, but there’s nothing like going back to the basics with a classic pumpkin bread. The original pumpkin spice. This pumpkin bread is practically perfect in every way. I have a feeling that we’ll be making this bread for many years to come.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (if you have an Aldi near you, it’s by far the best price I’ve found)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Pumpkin Bread Loaf

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pans generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl or Kitchenaid stand mixer, thoroughly mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  4. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until blended (be careful not to overmix).
  5. Pour into the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for about 35-45 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Pumpkin Bread Slice

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

What do you do when someone brings you back a bag of roasted macadamia nuts all the way from Hawaii? Well, I don’t know about you, but after staring at said bag sitting on the pantry shelf for over a month and trying to find the perfect recipe worthy of them…I finally break down and just make a batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

Just make a batch of cookies…only these are some Ah-mazingly good cookies. I don’t think I could buy another pack of break and bakes after these babies. Do your sweet tooth a favor and whip up a batch of these white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Cookies are the best medicine. Who’s with me?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Recipe Source: All Recipes

Classic Carrot Cake

Classic Carrot Cake

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m not much of a carrot cake fan…but this classic carrot cake is seriously tasty! Warning: I’m going to use one of those dreaded words.  Moist. This cake is so incredibly moist and perfectly spiced with simple ingredients that you likely have on hand already at home.

Classic Carrot Cake with Slice

We agreed that this is the some of the best carrot cake we’ve ever had. Don’t you love it when something you make yourself reaches that best ever status? Such a good feeling. Anyway…this carrot cake is the perfect dessert to share with your family this Spring or to finish off your Easter dinner. It is sure to be a hit with the whole family and is a sneaky way to get some veggies into those picky eaters’ bellies.

I don’t know why, but I was really surprised when our moderately picky eater suddenly became an uber picky toddler who refuses to eat anything and everything. Even foods that he previously loved like mac n’ cheese, pizza, and chicken nuggets have been refused lately. These are kid classics! Needless to say, veggies have made the no-go list which has kicked off a desperate search for new recipes to sneak veggies into. I might have to try to adapt this recipe into a slightly less sugary carrot cake inspired muffin in the near future.

If anyone has any favorite hidden veggie recipes, send them my way. But before you do, make this awesome carrot cake!

Classic Carrot Cake Slice

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray and flour cake pan(s).
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients including flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans (optional). Pour into prepared pan(s).
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto another surface to finish cooling before frosting.
  7. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  8. Frost the cooled cake.
  9. Decorate as desired.

Recipe from: All Recipes