Thursday, October 05, 2006


I realize that when most people think of Fall they think of leaves turning, kids going back to school, fires in the fireplace and all that. Not me. For me, it's not Fall until my house smells like these. This version of Fall happens to be in the form of mini muffins (better to pack in Bean's lunch & no, a treat. sshhhhhh!). In the past its been in the form of bread. The best pumpkin bread in the world bread. This is my Auntie Kay's recipe and as kids we used to stack piece upon piece on our plates until the whole pumpkin bread tower would topple over. That's how we knew we had enough to get through Thanksgiving dinner. It was the only recipe I asked for the first year I decided to have Thanksgiving with friends in my little San Francisco apartment right after college instead of going to the big family dinner 40 miles south. It just wasn't going to be right without that bread.

Forget the cousins and the turkey, I needed the bread.

Auntie Kay's Pumpkin Bread

4 eggs (slightly beaten)
3 cups of sugar
(I've only been using one cup so it's not so "treaty" if you know what I mean.)
2/3 cup of milk (whole milk is best)
1 cup of oil
2 cups of canned pumpkin
3 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. baking powder

bake at 350 degrees
(5 small bread pans: 45 minutes)
(2 big bread pans: 1 hour)
(muffin pans: 20 minutes)
(smally muffins: 13 minutes)

I literally throw this all in one big bowl and mix together with a whisk or spatula. So easy and good.

Happy Fall.


Blogger L. said...

I will be meeting Grace, your plumber, tomorrow -- and will have to try these muffins, too -- and wll have to try putting them in my little guys`s preschool snack, of course.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Maria P. said...

I love mini blue berry muffins dipped in melted butter and then sugar.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

pumpkin comes in cans? Not around here. I'd have to buy fresh pumpkin and cook it and mash it. they look delicious! It's spring here, I've been trying to think of my spring-time equivilent. I think it is fresh asparagus, yum!

8:23 PM  
Blogger pixie sticks said...

Pumpkin mush most definitely comes in cans around here. It's almost the same consistency as the filling to a pumpkin pie (which I despise). A spring version, maybe zucchini? carrots? or the ever popular and widely available banana??

1:53 PM  
Blogger mo-wo said...

I am so making this today! It is raining buckets and this is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks to Aunt Kay.

2:16 PM  
Blogger mo-wo said...

Made 'em. Love 'em.

And, what a toddler friendly recipe! My daughter did exceptionally well with the huck it all in the bowl and stir method. Thanks for sharing.


9:47 PM  

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