By Elizabeth Mowers
If Facebook has taught me anything, it's that you can separate people into two groups. In the first group are the folks who can barely make it until September 1st to break out all things autumn. In the second group are the folks who can barely stand the first group.
I suppose I'm more from the first group. Living in Northeastern Ohio means we don't get a lot of sunshine (166 days per year versus the 205 U.S. average! Yuck!), so as much as I'm sad to lose those summer days and full sunshine, I sure do love the smell and look of autumn.
|So much happiness for $3!|
After a summer of (trying to) eat healthy, my children have been begging me to bake. Back when I was a full-time stay-at-home mom, I baked A LOT. The Fannie Farmer cookbook is my favorite go-to for recipes of all kinds. If you want to know how to make Irish stew, Lobster broil or homemade egg noodles, this is the book for you. My mother bought it for me when I got married and as you can see from the second picture, it's gotten a lot of use.
|I lost the book jacket many years ago.|
|That middle section falling out is where the dessert section begins!|
|My entire house smells like cinnamon and nutmeg. Fa la la la la!|
I absolutely promise you will love these little packages of pumpkin bread. You can make the recipe in a loaf pan (50 minutes), round muffins (15 minutes) or rectangle muffins (20 minutes). The rectangle shape is my favorite!
Here's Fannie Farmer's recipe. Note: I add an entire can of pureed pumpkin (1 3/4 c.) instead of Fannie's suggested 1c. Trust me on this one.
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
In another bowl MIX:
1 c. pumpkin puree (do a 15 oz. can instead)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. water
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional (but why ruin a good thing?!)
Combine dry and wet ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts. Pour into a well-buttered loaf pan or muffin tins. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Immediately turn out of pan onto a rack to cool.
Loaf pan 50-60 minutes
Round muffins 15 minutes
Rectangle muffins 20 minutes
This recipe can easily be doubled.
Happy September and I wish that you all have a great fall😊
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