Organic Pumpkin Bread

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It’s fall and even though the temperature outside is still in the triple digits, I was in the mood to bake and eat some pumpkin bread. When I think of pumpkin bread, it’s the one I buy at Starbuck’s. I searched the internet for the “perfect” recipe and found it on the Food Network website. Their recipe has the right blend of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and cloves with just the right amount of moistness. The only change I made was topping it chopped pumpkin seeds. You and your love ones won’t be disappointed with this delicious sweet fall treat!

Organic Pumpkin Bread

Organic Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups organic sugar
  • ½ cup organic canola oil
  • 2 organic eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) organic canned pumpkin
  • 1¾ cups organic flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, scant
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using wax paper and a pencil, trace the bottom of the loaf pan. Cut along the lines. Place wax paper liner on the bottom of loaf pan. Grease and flour a 5 x 9 loaf pan.
  2. Mix together the sugar and the oil. Stir in the eggs and the pumpkin.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients and water into wet mixture, alternating.
  4. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. Let it stand for 10 minutes and remove from pan and cool.

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Organic Pumpkin Muffins

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With my daughter coming home from college next week, I thought I would bake her some moist and light pumpkin muffins. This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart’s “Pumpkin Muffins.” I modified the recipe by using organic ingredients whenever possible, added some salt and some more pumpkin pie spice.  What I especially like about these muffins were that they contain healthy whole wheat flour, low-fat yogurt and walnuts!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup organic canola oil
  • 1½ cup organic whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin
  • 1 cup organic plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1½ cups walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 24 baking cups into 2 regular size 12-cup muffin tins.
  2. Using a medium bowl, whisk flours, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using a large bowl, whisk oil, pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, and sugar thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and 1 cup walnuts. Mix until ingredients are moistened, being careful not to over mix the batter.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin tins. (Batter goes to approximately 3/8″ from the top edge of baking cup). Sprinkle the rest of the walnuts on top of the muffins. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. To test for doneness, insert toothpick in the center of muffin. If it comes out clean, it is done. Cool muffins in pans for 5 minutes. Makes 24 regular size muffins.

http://www.marthastewart.com/355570/pumpkin-muffins

Mrs. Parish’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Many, many years ago, I had Christmas Eve dinner at the home of my friend’s parents. Mrs. Parish served the most delicious pumpkin cheesecake! Since then, I have been making this cheesecake every year for Thanksgiving or Christmas! I believe it is okay to indulge once in a while, but I try to make it “healthier” by using reduced fat cream cheese and organic ingredients when possible.

Crust:

  • 1 cup ginger snap crumbs (approximately 18 cookies)
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons melted organic butter

To make ginger snap crumbs, put some cookies in a plastic bag. Using a rolling-pin, crush the cookies. Repeat until you have 1 cup of crumbs. Mix ingredients together well, so that the crumbs are “moist.”  Pat the crumbs down evenly on the bottom of a greased 9″ springform pan. Bake until brown at 325 degrees. Cool crust.

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 1½ (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  • ½ teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1 organic egg

Whip the cream cheese and the sugar together. Add vanilla and egg to the cream cheese mixture and beat. Pour the mixture on the cooled cookie crust and spread evenly.

Pumpkin Filling:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) organic pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash of sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and pour on top of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 1½ hours. Baking time may vary from oven to oven. Be careful not to over bake the pumpkin custard. To try to prevent cracking, turn heat off while the center is still “jiggly.” Leave cheesecake in the oven to let it cool down slowly for about 15 to 20 minutes with the oven door slightly open. Then take out of oven to finish cooling.