Fall Fixations: Pumpkin Pie Bread
Fall is in full effect! The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and the sweaters just keep getting bigger and cozier. (screeeeetch) That is of course unless you live in Los Angeles. (insert poor me face) While it seems like most of the country is apple picking, making stews and carving pumpkins, us Angelinos are just waiting for the temperatures to drop below 80 degrees and a chance to wear a scarf without looking like a complete dinkus in the scorching heat. This past weekend I was really looking forward to this Sunday washout that was supposed to transcend down upon the city (and is much needed during this awful drought). I mean...super excited. Like way too exited. To my dismay, we didnt even get a drip of this so-called "rain". The sky was at best partly cloudy with lows in the 70's. Sigh. What's a girl to do? I know just the thing! Hop into the kitchen, turn on the fan and start baking something yummy that brings about the sweet, spicy smells of October...such as my recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bread! With the consistency of a bread, but the texture of a pie, this recipe is a sure treat! It's moist, gluten-free and easy to make. I guarantee that when consumed while watching the Bette Midler/Sarah Jessica Parker classic film, Hocus Pocus, it will bring you to the happiest of places. It may even spark some ideas for your Halloween costume. BOO-ya!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon ground flax 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon 3 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger 4 eggs 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or make your own by clicking here) 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extractDirections: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Using coconut oil or non-stick cooking spray, grease a standard-sized loaf pan. Set aside. 2. In a medium mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients: coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and break apart any clumps by mixing with your (clean) hands. 3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs. Add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract and whisk well. 4. Slowly pour your dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, slowly stir until all ingredients are combined. 5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with flax seeds and even a dash more of cinnamon and nutmeg (for extra fall flavor). Bake in center rack of oven for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 6. Remove from oven and cool for about 30 minutes.7. Smile and remember that you create your own reality...and thus can create a magical Fall Season wherever you may be!