Fall is right around the corner for most people, but since I live in Texas fall will not show up until beginning of November. We Texans love to pretend to have a fall so pumpkins are outside the stores and people put their fall wreaths on their front doors.
Every year I buy about 4 big pumpkins and roast them in my oven, puree the meat and freeze it to use all year long. Fresh pumpkin is far superior to the canned variety and is much cheaper too. Try it out!
I have been cleaning out my freezer to make room for more pumpkin and a couple of turkeys at thanksgiving. I found one small container of pumpkin and a bag of cranberries left from last year and decided that I would make a pumpkin cranberry bread. My house smelled amazing, I almost turned on Christmas to get the full effect.
Here is the recipe, its easy and it is an instant fall starter.
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
3 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
3 cups of sugar
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups (or 1 15 oz can) of plain pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 Tbs vanilla
2 cups of fresh cranberries (my bag was about 2 1/4 cup and I just put them all in)
1 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
Preheat your oven to 350 and get out two loaf pans. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, spices, baking soda and salt and whisk them all together. In another mixing bowl combine the pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture and stir together until its all combines. Stir in the the cranberries and walnuts. The batter will be thick! Generously coat your loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray and pour in the batter. Bake for 45 min-hour. When a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean its done. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for about 30 min and then dump it out onto the rack. Serve with cinnamon cream cheese, or just eat it plain. Its truly delicious. Enjoy!
This morning a bunch of black mushy bananas greeted me in the kitchen and since it is September 1st and fall is right around the corner I felt like it was banana bread time. I always buy a bunch of bananas every time I go to the grocery store, because they always look so pretty and delicious. I rarely eat bananas though so they always turn black and no longer look appetizing. Growing up, wasting food was basically the unpardonable sin so I have dutifully froze all the old mushy bananas and use them in smoothies. Instead of getting out a large freezer bag, I preheated my oven and made a delicious batch of banana bread and pretended it was a cool fall day.
Banana Bread Recipe
4 old mushy bananas smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup of sugar
1 beaten egg
1 Tbs vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cup flour
Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl smash the bananas with a wooden spoon and then add all the wet ingredients and mix well. Add in the seasonings and then the flour. stir well. Spray a 4×8 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and pour the batter in. Bake for 50 min-1hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 min and then dump out and enjoy a warm slice topped with some butter. I doubled the recipe because I had so many bananas, feel free to double or even triple the recipe!