Fall is just around the corner

New England food: fresh baked pumpkin bread and '08 hard cider

New England food: fresh baked pumpkin bread and '08 hard cider

A beautiful sunny, cool day: though it’s early August, cider season is just a couple months away.  Alexis was in the hospital, so I took the dogs for a walk around Fresh Pond, did some planning in preparation for this year’s ambitious cider hardware build, and baked some pumpkin bread (recipe below).  Also learned how to make fresh vegetarian spring rolls, which I love in restaurants and have been meaning to figure out how to make.  It took a couple tries to get the technique for softening the thin rice wrappers: in a big nonstick frying pan half full of warm water, using both hands, slide the dry disk under water so the top and bottom are wetted simultaneously, then support it with fingers spread apart as it softens; when it seems just a bit too hard, extract it carefully letting the water sheet off; transfer to one of those bamboo sushi mats to load and roll.

Alexis’ favorite pumpkin bread (double batch):

Combine in mixer:

  • 2c sugar
  • 3/4c canola
  • 4 eggs
  • 1t vanilla
  • 2 cans pumpkin (just shy of 4 cups; if preparing from fresh, pressure cook, let excess liquid drain off, then puree with hand blender)

Mix and add:

  • 3.5c flour (at least half whole wheat)
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 2t baking soda
  • 1t salt
  • 1t cloves
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 2t nutmeg

Mix well, schlop into suitable tins, bake at 350 till toothpick comes out clean.  The above quantity makes 6 medium-sized muffins, 6 muffin tops, and one medium-sized loaf.  Don’t try for a super deep loaf pan until you’ve got the recipe tuned up, since like other moist quick breads it can get heavy in a too-big loaf.


One Response to “Fall is just around the corner”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I first read this this post as “Fail is just around the corner,” which didn’t sound like the typical Ben outlook on life! Then I got worried that Alexis was “in the hospital” until I thought a little harder (though I’d still question that phrase for describing the doc!). I hope we’ll get to sample some of these recipes in person soon. I’ve produced a pretty good crop of cherry tomatoes that I’d love to share with you guys! You can provide the music.

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