7 days of fall baking: day five

Maple wheat scones.

I made these last Thursday night.

These were pretty good. Especially warm with the world’s best jelly. (If you don’t already buy Costco’s organic strawberry jelly, you are missing the jelly boat.) These would not be too tasty without the warmth or the jelly I don’t think. Then again, why would anyone want a cold wheat scone, without jelly. That wouldn’t be proper scone eating.

If you make them, I suggest you up the maple syrup a bit and cut the whole wheat pastry flour with half all-purpose flour.

Next time I make scones, I’ll try Heidi’s other scone recipe. It looks quite tasty as well.


7 days of fall baking: day four

Tonight, Halloween Eve, we are carving our pumpkin, roasting pumpkin seeds and I made:
Pumpkin Bread.

This recipe had great reviews. I didn’t make any major additions for this first time around. I upped the spices a bit, and added in a smidge of allspice as well. For the oil, I didn’t have vegetable oil (soybean) so I did grapeseed and coconut.

It would be good with walnuts on top for sure.

It’s pretty easy to make. My pans were a bit smaller than the 7×3 it called for, and it made 5 small loaves. I’ll make bigger ones next time….less pans to clean.

I had to get a can opener out the of the camping supplies in the garage to get my pumpkin open since my can opener stopped working. That was the biggest pain….other than that, easy, delicious pumpkin bread!

7 days of Fall baking: day three

Day Three: Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars

I made these Tuesday night, and they are scrumptious! Max walked out while they were baking and said, “ohhhhh, I smell that GOODNESS!” This morning, I was getting ready for work and he came in and I asked him what he was having for breakfast and he said, “not THOSE BARS, like I wanted!”

I will adjust the pan size next time. It called for a 10×15, which I don’t have, so I used a regular 13×9 Pyrex and it had to bake much longer to get the middle cooked through.

These are definitely in the category of pumpkin favorites now.

7 days of Fall baking: day two

Day Two: Christmas Morning Muffins

Sunday’s baking was a bit of a bust. It sounded delicious, and was, just out of the oven, but I think I over-cooked these muffins and they are a bit dry. Nothing a trip to the microwave and a smattering of butter won’t fix though. Max loved them and thought I put one in his lunch today, and was disappointed when he saw that I didn’t.

Next time, I’ll watch them more closely. They did not need the full 20 minutes. I would also add even more clementine (we call them clemmies) zest. Can’t get enough citrus zest!

I was actually looking for a recipe that used whole cranberries, but then stumbled across this one, and I had exactly this much dried cranberries left, and they looked so amazing. I found this version converting the metric measurements.

New tradition – 7 days of Fall baking

I made a pumpkin pie on a whim on Saturday. Sunday morning over pancakes no less, I started thinking about what fall thing I could bake. (I gained 5 pounds on vacation; baking should be the last thing on my mind!) However, it’s fall, it’s still in the 90’s outside each day and I want a piece of fall!

Chris suggested I start a tradition. Each year at this time, I do 7 days of baking. (Of course he suggested that!) I doubt it will be 7 days in a row, but we’ll see.

(I was also thinking how I liked Stephanie’s Pumpkin Round-Up, and this is along those lines.)

Day one: Nana’s Pumpkin Pie

It’s actually the pie from the Carnation label from the 50’s. It has more spice than the Libby’s recipe. It’s delicious! It’s been a family tradition until we started buying pumpkin pies at Costco. This year, I vow to make this again instead.

I also used my Nana’s crust recipe: (this is for 2 pies)

2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 tsp salt

Use a fork to cut shortening into flour and salt. Do this well. Then add ice water until the dough will form a ball and leave the sides of the bowl. Roll out on floured pastry cloth with a lightly floured covered rolling pin. Brush edges with milk and sprinkle with sugar. (I forgot to do this!)

This is the ONLY thing I will use shortening for. I avoid it otherwise.

The whipping cream lost it’s “whip” by day two since it wasn’t heavy whipping cream. Still delish none the less. I just whipped the cream, added some powdered sugar and vanilla to taste.

Family traditions and fall through to the holiday season…..love!


Earth, Wind or Fire by julesdu
Earth, Wind or Fire, a photo by julesdu on Flickr.

I have a serious love for salads. I can safely say that salads are on the top of my favorite foods list. I usually take spinach or lettuce and then just throw in whatever I have. Not a whole lot of thought to it. That approach makes the best salads! I used to think salads I made myself never tasted as good as ones other people made…..not any more. My current dressing of choice is mixing walnut oil, balsamic vinegar and some sort of citrus juice. Dee-lish!

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Earthy salad I made for lunch today.
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