Erica Lucke Dean

"Making the world a better place, one book at a time."

pumpkins aren't just for fairytales anymore

Pumpkins. Are they a vegetable or a fruit? Jack-o-lantern or pie? Halloween or Thanksgiving? No matter how you see them, they’re not just a mode of transportation to the ball anymore.

And as I discovered tonight, they make for a wicked good bread.

I found an awesome pumpkin bread recipe today and made three loaves of the stuff (two of which are still wrapped in foil on my kitchen island…the third, all but crumbs on the counter). Anyone who knows me knows I love pumpkins. I’m a bundle of excited energy from the moment I see that first fall pumpkin hit the shelves or side of the road, despite the fact that I can’t seem to get my seeds into the ground on time no matter how well thoroughly I plan for them each year. I just can’t grow a pumpkin to save my life, but it doesn’t stop me from stocking up on them throughout the fall. And my pumpkins aren’t just sacrificed to the jack-o-lantern gods. No, my pumpkins are cut up, cooked, and baked into scrumptious delights throughout the holiday baking season. And tonight’s bread was just the first step.

Bread today…pie tomorrow. Or something like that.

Hey, if I’m ambitious, I might even try a nice savory pumpkin soup while I’m dabbling.

Until the next time…I’ll be baking.

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