This has been a strange fall season thus far. We went to the apple orchard when it was hot and humid and were building snowmen in October :) There are many fun fall activities that I hope we get to experience before winter settles in and here are the top ones for us…
1. Roast and freeze pumpkin for holiday pies, pancakes, soups, etc.
2. Make applesauce.
3. Find the perfect apple cider recipe. (if you have a favorite please, please post)
4. Bake lots of pumpkin stuff.
5. Decorate pumpkins and search for ways to keep the squirrels from eating them if I put them on my porch. (once again if anyone has tips feel free to comment!)
Here is my favorite pumpkin bread recipe that I have modified from the original…
Pumpkin Ribbon Bread
1 pkg. (8 oz) low fat cream cheese
1/3 Cup sugar
1 T. flour
2 t. grated orange peel
1 cup cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t cloves
2 t cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
For filling- beat cream cheese, sugar and flour together in a small bowl. Add egg. Stir in orange peel and set aside. Make bread by combining pumpkin, oil and eggs in a mixer. Add sugar, salt, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and baking soda. Pour 1/4 of batter in to 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the batter. Add remaining batter, covering filling. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, or until bread tests done with a wooden pick. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Store in refrigerator.
Modified from a base recipe in the cookbook Gooseberry Patch – Welcome Home for the Holidays.