Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Smell of Pumpkin and Spices!


Bonjour mes amis!

Well, Fall is definitely in the air, and it is time to bake!

Living here in France is a challenge if you want to make things you usually make in the U.S.  Pumpkins are not a "hot ticket item" like in the U.S., but I managed to find something that looked like "canned" pumpkin, although it came in a cardboard box.  Well, I gave it a try...I'm told this is used for making soup with crème fraîche, but I needed it for Pumpkin Bread, so why not give it a try!?!  It's a little runnier than canned pumpkin, so I added a little extra flour, and Voila, it works!

I started with this...

Can you tell what these spices are?  Let me translate for you...

Muscade = Nutmeg
Gingembre = Ginger
Cannelle = Cinnamon
...and, there you can see my lovely double package of pumpkin in a cardboard box, but I only used half for my recipe...

(*** I didn't use any of the Basil for my recipe...I just thought it made the picture look prettier!)

The batter is all ready for the bread pans!

And, here it is, all ready to go in the oven...again with the foil pans...remember, I'm working with limited kitchen supplies!

So, here's my recipe...I'm substituting 1 1/2 cups of Golden Raisins for the Cranberries for right now, because I haven't found cranberries here yet.  Trust me, it tastes great made with Cranberries.

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

1 cup canned or cooked Pumpkin
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Milk
2 Eggs
¼ cup Butter, melted
2 cups All-purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp. Baking Soda
 ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
½ tsp. Ground Ginger
 1 cup fresh or frozen Cranberries
Beat together pumpkin, sugar, milk, eggs and butter. Combine dry ingredients; stir into pumpkin mixture. Fold in walnuts (1 cup, optional) and cranberries. Pour into a greased 9X5X3 inch loan pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Yield: 1 loaf.

(*** Note that I made two smaller loaves, since pans here are not the same dimensions!)

Now, it's going in the Oven, and...

They're done!  Yum!  Smells heavenly!

I hope you get to enjoy doing a little baking at your house today!  Hmmm...a nice cup of strong black coffee sounds good with a slice of that bread!


Have a "Jewel" of a day!

1 comment:

  1. The bread looks fabulous! :) Another thing I need to try to make, although I still haven't even made the beer bread recipe you sent me! I can't believe how good you are at making do with French baking ingredients, I would think that would put a lot of limitations on what recipes you can make, but you have done an excellent job compensating for European lack of availability of things we would consider basic!


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