Showing posts with label pumpkin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pumpkin. Show all posts

Monday, November 12, 2012

Crisp Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti!

I love any type of biscotti, but this pumpkin biscotti seems made for fall. It's stuffed full of chocolate chips and pecan bits, with a drizzle of chocolate over the top. It's perfect for dipping in hot chocolate or in your morning mug of coffee, and it would be tasty for your Thanksgiving buffet too!

Pumpkin Biscotti
(loosely adapted from Sweet Pea Baking Co)

1 cup granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Butter
1 Egg
2 tablespoons Water
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup chopped Pecans
Chocolate for drizzle

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat your butter and sugar together, until slightly fluffy.
Add pumpkin and beat again until combined.
Add your vanilla, egg, and water and beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix together your flour,
 baking powder, spice and salt.
Add flour mixture into pumpkin mix.
Mix just until  incorporated.
Chop your pecans.....
 into very small bite size pieces.
Add your chocolate chips.....
and mix together. Lots of times I will make cookie dough
the night before I cook it. That is what I did here.
I made the dough, refrigerated it over night, took it out in the
morning, let it get soft, and then added the
pecans and chocolate chips.
Place the dough on a baking sheet covered with
parchment paper. Make two even rectangles of dough,
about 3" wide and about 9" or 10" long.
I like to wear gloves when I do this because the dough
tends to stick to my fingers.
Bake in your oven for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Cut each log into slices 1" to 1 1/2" wide.
When you cut the biscotti pieces, use a knife that
is not serrated. It will give you nice smooth pieces.
Place your pieces back onto your baking sheet.
You can use the same piece of parchment.
Bake in the oven for another 10-15 minutes
or until lightly browned.
Let cool.
Drizzle chocolate over each piece of biscotti.
Let dry.
Enjoy!

I originally saw this recipe on EVERYDAYDISH.TV.
The original recipe was made by Kate Marggraf, of
Sweet Pea Baking Company of Portland Oregan.
The bakery is a vegan bakery, and the recipe was
a vegan recipe, but I changed it to suit this blog.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Salsa!

Only 3 more days until Halloween!!! I can feel the excitement mounting, can't you?!! Tonight I made a simple, festive pumpkin salsa with Halloween in mind, and I paired it with some orange and black store bought chips!
Halloween Pumpkin Salsa!
1/2 of a Orange Pepper
1/2 cup Black Beans
2 teaspoon Pumpkin Seeds
4 leaves Cilantro
1 clove Garlic
1/4 White Onion
1 cob Roasted Corn
1/3 cup canned Pumpkin
2 teaspoon Sugar
Tortilla Chips
I started by going through my beans and making sure 
there were no foreign items from the bag.
This is a necessity when making beans.
Soak your beans according to the directions on the bag.
I soaked mine overnight.
The next morning I rinsed the beans, and then placed 
them in clean water to cook.
I let them simmer with a lid on for 1 1/2 hours.
Set the lid a little to the side so the steam can escape.
Rinse when they are done and refrigerate.
Roast your orange pepper on your stove, if it is gas.
Just keep turning the pepper with tongs until most
of your pepper is roasted.
When you are done roasting, place the pepper in a 
small bowl and cover with plastic. The heat trapped in 
the plastic helps you get the roasted skin off of the pepper.
After 20-30 minutes, pull the skin off of the pepper.
Leave a little on, like above.
Cut the pepper in half and take the seeds out.
Then chop the pepper into small bite size pieces.
For the roasted corn, I used an ear I purchased at 
a grocery store. The store grills out every weekend,
and they roast corn, grill ribs and tri tip. It is 
all so incredibly good! You can also roast your corn in
a pan on your stove.
Cut the corn off of the cob.
Chop your white onion.
Chop your clove of garlic.
Put everything we chopped in the bowl, which includes,
onion, orange pepper, corn and garlic. Add your beans.
Mix together.
Add pumpkin seeds, chopped  cilantro, pumpkin and sugar.
Mix well again.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Bites!

It is getting to be that time of the year that I love~Autumn! I love the cooler weather, the leaves falling, and the smell in the air. Of course, I have to leave home to find it. Fall in the desert is often fleeting. It seems like it takes forever for the cool temps to get here, and when they do, it's only a few weeks before the wind starts howling and it is downright chilly! But, it's still my favorite time of the year, and today I am celebrating with Pumpkin Bites. I have made these so many times, I can't count them all. They were a staple when I was a caterer at a hotel and we fed the visiting college football teams. Regardless of who won the games, these little cookies were always a winner!
Pumpkin Bites!
(adapted from Stephanie @ allrecipes)
1 cup Canned Pumpkin
1 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Milk
1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sugar,
vegetable oil, egg and vanilla.
In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, 
cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda.
Stir the pumpkin mix into the dry mix.
Add the milk.
Stir in the chocolate chips. 
Use a teaspoon or a small scoop and place on 
a cookie sheet.  I am crazy for parchment paper, so I use it
always, but it is not necessary.
Bake 8-10 minutes.
These pumpkin bites are good warm 
and at room temperature. 
They are total perfection when served with cold milk!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread Pudding

I love Bread Pudding. It's such a comfort food. The first time I discovered the love of my dessert life,  I was 22 years old and I had just moved to Las Vegas. My soon to be husband and I went to eat at the Golden Nugget Buffet. I remember that at the end of a long line of desserts, sat this huge, gorgeous, barrel looking, copper chafing dish. I was so curious as to what in the world could be so incredible that it would warrant this special station at the buffet. So, I went to look.  What I found ruined me forever for all other desserts, and helped me gain 10 pounds! In this beautiful dish sat the most incredibly, delicious, gorgeous bread pudding ever. I couldn't get enough of it. Filled with moist, cream soaked bread; rich, eggs; plump golden raisins and the spicy, sweet aroma of cinnamon I was in heaven! I had to know how to make this. And so began my quest. I tried every bread pudding recipe I could get my hands on. There are a lot of them out there. I have yet to discover one as good as the bread pudding I had so many years ago. But, I keep trying. I heard that the recipe went away when the hotel was sold back in 2000. The rumor was that the old recipe belonged to the owners mother, and it was not sold with the hotel. I have seen some Golden Nugget Bread Pudding recipes floating around blog world, so I am going to have to get to work investigating and verifying their authenticity. It's the least I can do!!
     Meanwhile, I HAD to make this Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread Pudding. It's perfect for this time of year, and it is so good. Try it!
Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread Pudding
4 large eggs
1 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
1 cup Milk
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
15 ounces Solid Pack Pumpkin
2 3/4 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
3/4 teaspoon Ground Allspice
5 1/2 cups Crusty Italian Bread
1 1/2 cups Dried Cranberries
Ice Cream
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 7" X 11" pan.
Put your 4 eggs in a bowl, and ....
whisk until they are frothy and smooth.
Add the brown sugar and....
 whisk together until the sugar dissolves.
Whisk in the milk, cream, and pumpkin.
Whisk in the cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.
Blend all together.
Start cutting your bread and...
Cut into 1/3" cubes.
I didn't remove the crust, but you could if you would like.
Pour the cubed bread into your pan.
Pour your mix into the pan on top of the bread.
Add the cranberries.
Mix completely.
If the bread wants to pop out of the mix and
float to the top, just push it down with a
spatula. It will stay under the mix as it becomes saturated.
I used gloved hands to make sure the bread
is thoroughly soaked, and everything is mixed well.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Pull from oven for a minute and
sprinkle the 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar on the top.
Pop back into the oven and
cook for an additional 20-25 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Serve plain, or with whipped cream or how about...
topped with ice cream!
It's delicious any way you serve it.



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