Sunday, July 24, 2011

I know it's not fall, but it's ok.

(picture from 17 and Baking)

I know that pumpkin bread is technically out of season, but it's so good that I usually make it once during each season of the year, if not more. When I was seven and just learning how to measure flour in my mother's old cup measures and baking powder in steel teaspoons, my mother taught me how to bake pumpkin muffins. I loved the way the batter smelled, a mixture of spices and pumpkin all thick and deliciously creamy, and I loved the way the house smelled like thanksgiving while they baked.

This afternoon I was craving pumpkin and I stumbled upon this recipe from 17 and Baking and had to try it -- and you should, too, because it's wonderful.

Cream Cheese Rippled Pumpkin Bread

Cream Cheese Filling

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Pumpkin Bread
1 cup walnuts, chopped
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I used 1 cup oil)
1 – 15 ounce can pure pumpkin
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 9″x5″ pans.

For the Cream Cheese Filling: Beat the cream cheese just until smooth in a stand mixer or food processor. Add the sugar and process just until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, processing just until incorporated. Do not over process. Stir in the flour. Set aside.

For the Pumpkin Bread: Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs until lightly beaten. Whisk in the sugar and melted butter, then stir in the pumpkin, water, vanilla extract, and (optionally) nuts.

Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, being careful not to overmix. A few streaks of flour are fine. Divide the batter in half. Take one half and divide it between the two pans. Pour half of the cream cheese filling into each pan, then top with the remaining half of batter. Smooth the tops and bake an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool loaves to room temperature.


Lindsay said...

Oh, gosh, Danae. You and Danielle Wilson both post about delicious fall things, and I can't TELL you how much I'm going to miss American autumn!! When I come home for Christmas, all I'm going to want to drink are pumpkin spice lattes (and, because it's Christmas time, Chick-fil-A's peppermint shakes. :)

And, I have a co-worker whose name is Jenne. I wouldn't have thought to spell it that way, but perfectly rhymes with your name! When she introduced herself, she said her name was kinda strange, but then I told her that I have a friend named Danae back home. I think both your names are beautiful and kina exotic. :)

Danae Gillespie said...

Awww Lindsey, you're so sweet :) You should tell me if I can mail you things to Korea, because maybe i can send you fall goodness when September roll around :)