Some (most??) people absolutey love going out for breafast of brunch.  I am not one of those people.  I would way rather dine out for lunch or dinner because i’m just not that in to breakfast.  I know “most important meal of the day” and all that and yes, I always eat something in the morning, but it certainly does not get me out of bed running to the kitchen with excitement.  However, that all changes if I know I’ve got something extra special to go with my daily latte.  Knowing that this Pumpkin Vanilla Banana Bread was on my counter just waiting for me to lightly toast and slather with butter was definitely more motivating for me to get moving in the morning.

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I have never come across a recipe with more moistening ingredients combined into one baked good.  By themselves, pumpkin, coconut milk, butter and mashed bananas will each lead to a soft, moist bread, but combined, oh my this bread is unreal.  And I haven’t even told you about the flavor!  Although you may worry that all of those ingredients may result in an odd flavor combination, fear not!  The shining flavor profiles in the is Pumpkin Vanilla Banana Bread are really the bananas, vanilla and cinnamon which is not that surprising because coconut milk and pumpkin are not as strong of flavor contenders.  I would also love this Pumpkin Vanilla Banana Bread with walnuts or chocolate chips (or even both) mixed in.

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This bread is just one of the many irresistible recipes in Jessica Merchant’s premier cookbook Seriously Delish.  Jessica’s blog How Sweet It Is is one that I diligently read line-by-line because she is such a hilarious, honest and witty writer.  Whether she’s sharing a recipe or her latest beaut favorites, I just can’t get enough of her clever prose.

Seriously Delish is filled with plenty of Jessica’s charm and humor as each recipe has a lovely introduction from her.  We get to learn about how Jessica gets her inspiration for the recipes she creates and about her very realistic and I think, healthy relationship with food.  Even her chapter headings are fun and draw you in:

 

From enticing snacks to drool-worthy dinners, Jessica’s photos in Seriously Delish will have you wanting to reach into the page to grab the taco, burger or dessert right off the page.  Each photo accompanying a recipe is so colorful and filled with texture that you really feel like you can almost taste the runny egg or juicy fruit.  I look forward to baking and cooking my way through this cookbook.

Pumpkin Vanilla Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 1 9X5" loaf (about 12 servings)

Pumpkin Vanilla Banana Bread: The very moistest, flavorful quick bread that will comfort you on these cool fall days

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X5-inch loaf pan liberally with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, mix together eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, bananas, coconut milk, melted butter, molasses and vanilla bean paste (or extract) until thoroughly combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure thorough mixing.
  3. Mix in both flours, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt until combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.
  5. Bake for 85-95 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean or with only a few crumbs on it.
  6. Cool the bread in the pan placed onto a wire rack. Gently run a knife around the edges and remove from the pan.
  7. Cut and serve.
  8. Recipe adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
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*Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provided me with a review copy of this book, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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When I have guests over, I love to send them home with a little something that they can enjoy the following day.  A small bag of fudge or caramels, half of a batch of cookies, or scones for the next morning are what I have in mind.  This Thanksgiving, I plan to send my guests home with a bag of these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies.

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I have had the vision for these cookies floating around in my mind since the leaves first began to change this year.  I have a perpetual bag of cinnamon chips in my freezer that I was looking to find a purpose for and half of a can of pumpkin puree leftover in my refrigerator, so I was anxious to put both of those ingredients to use.  Oatmeal with cinnamon is one of the most obviously delicious flavor combinations and also I love the texture that oatmeal provides to cookies when it gets all puffed up.  As I was developing the recipe for these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies, I happily remembered that pumpkin is a great replacement for butter and oil in recipes and provides such great moisture in baked goods without the added fat.

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I love the flavor and texture that nuts offer, so I opted to add chopped walnuts to the Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies, but you could certainly leave them out or opt for a different nut like pecans if you wish.  These cookies are perfectly soft and chewy thanks to the oatmeal and pumpkin and I know they would be a welcome addition to your holiday dessert table.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

1 cookies

Oatmeal cookies that are stuffed full of walnuts and cinnamon chips and stay extra soft and chewy thanks to added pumpkin

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or lightly grease them).
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the pumpkin, brown sugar and white sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well to combine.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until just combined.
  5. Mix in oats, then cinnamon chips and walnuts.
  6. Drop dough in 1/4 cup sized balls onto prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned.

Notes

Per cookies: Calories: 135 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 24g

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One of my favorite parts of the week is Saturday mornings.  My husband can vouch for how much I truly love sleeping in on the weekends.  Then when I wake up, it feels so luxurious to make my latte at my own pace and then it’s time.  I love to sit on the couch, sip my coffee and watch the cooking shows that I record each week.  Without fail if there is a new Pioneer Woman and/or Giada De Laurentiis, I am giddy with excitement to hunker down and watch.  There is not always a recipe that I choose to replicate, but even so, I just enjoy watching people cook on TV.  I particularly love holiday episodes and last weekend, there were some great fall recipes shared on the Halloween episodes.

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Giada made pumpkin bacon cheesecakes, which I adapted into these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crusts.   I opted to omit the bacon because I was not in the mood for a savory dessert.  I have told you before that I am not crazy about cheesecakes, but the exception is pumpkin.  The creamy whipped filling for these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes tastes like a rich pumpkin pie filling.  And the crust of any cheesecake is my favorite part whether it is composed of graham crackers, Oreo cookies or gingersnaps.  The warm, spicy crust of these mini cheesecakes topped with perfectly spiced, rich pumpkin filling is fall in a bite.

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I love anything that is bite-sized and so I decided to serve these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crusts for my book club that I hosted last week.  We read a book that I really loved called The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  The book was about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife and it certainly led to some interesting conversation!  This dessert was the perfect two-bite sweet to pass around the table after dinner while we discussed.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 24 mini cheesecakes

Individually-sized cheesecakes with all of your favorite fall flavors combined into a perfect two-bite treat

Ingredients

    For the crust
  • 16 gingersnap cookies (enough to yield 1 cup crumbs)
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake filling
  • 1 (8-ounce) package light cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (or ground nutmeg)
  • pinch of salt
  • whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. For the crust
  3. Place cookies into a food processor and process until fine crumbs form. (If you do not have a food processor, place cookies into a zip-top bag and crush with a rolling pin.)
  4. Place cookie crumbs into a small bowl, pour melted butter into the bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Place ~1Tbsp of crumb mixture into each paper liner and press it down using a muddler, bottom of a shot glass (or something flat and small).
  6. For the filling
  7. In another medium bowl, combine all ingredients for the filling. Use an electric mixer to mix until smooth and well blended.
  8. Use a small ice cream scoop (or spoon) to place ~2 Tbsp of filling on top of each crust. Bake 12 minutes or until tops are cracked.
  9. Cool 10 minutes then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  10. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of each cheesecake before serving.
  11. Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
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blend all ingredients for filling together

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place 1 Tbsp of crust into paper liners

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press the crust down firmly

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top crusts with 2 Tbsp filling

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bake

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place a dollop whipped cream onto each cheesecake before serving

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cream Puffs from Kitchenaid blog:  My grandma and mom always made cream puffs stuffed with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.  I have never had a chocolate cream puff, but I love the look and sound of these.

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And my all-time favorite pumpkin recipe is my mom’s Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing.

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What is your favorite SWEET or SAVORY pumpkin recipe?

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There are just certain things that have to happen before my internal clock fully recognizes that it is offically fall.  The leaves changing color and falling off of the trees, the chill in the air that encourages me to bundle up in a sweater, waking up in the moring to a sky that is still dark and baking with pumpkin are a few of the cues that remind me that we will have to wait about 8 more chilly months for spring to come again.

Pumpkin is a great ingredient to bake with because it keeps baked goods extra moist for multiple days.  Many people have a pumpkin bread recipe, but this is not just any old pumpkin bread.  This pumpkin bread is incredibly moist and is topped with an extra special streusel topping.  Streusel-topped anything is enough to make me salivate, but this crunchy, brown sugary, sweet topping is an especially welcomed contrast to this soft and not-too-sweet bread.  I made this recipe into 3 mini loaves of bread instead of 1 larger loaf, but this recipe would be great as one larger loaf or even individual muffins.

*NOTE:  Anytime I change the size of container that I am baking in from what the recipe originally called for, I modify my baking time accordingly.  For example, if a recipe’s instructions are for 1 regular-sized loaf of bread but I would rather make multiple smaller loaves, I will check my smaller loaves after about 1/3-1/2 of the recommended baking time.  So if the regular-sized loaf is supposed to be baked for 50-60 minutes, I will check my loaves with a toothpick after ~25 minutes.  I use the same principle for cake vs. cupcakes.

This recipe was adapted from Jenny at Picky Palate from her brand new cookbook The Picky Palate Cookbook.  A full review of this amazing book is soon to come!

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3 small loaves or 1 regular-sized loaf

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Soft and moist pumpkin bread topped with sweet, crunchy streusel

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • For the streusel topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease three 5 3/4 X 3" loaf pans (or one 9X5" loaf pan).
  3. For the cake:
  4. In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs and vanilla.
  5. Add pumpkin and mix well.
  6. Add 1 cup of flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and mix until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
  8. For the streusel topping:
  9. In a separate small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, brown sugar and butter and mix with hands or pastry cutter until coarse crumbs form.
  10. Sprinkle topping evenly over batter.
  11. Bake 25-30 minutes for small loaves (50-60 minutes for one larger loaf) or until toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean.
  12. Cool completely before removing from pan, cutting and serving.
  13. Recipe adapted from The Picky Palate Cookbook
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mix oil, eggs and vanilla

mix in pumpkin

add flour, sugar, baking soda and 1/2 tsp cinnamon and mix well

pour into prepared pans

make streusel topping by combing remaining ingredients and mixing until coarse crumbs form; sprinkle over batter

bake

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