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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

The air is cooler, the leaves have that rustling sound and it is quieter. The fields of green are no of longer green corn stalks or green soybeans.  The horizon is a golden and amber of fall.  Soon we will remember what  James Whitcomb Riley wrote, “The frost is on the punkin”.

Indiana Pumpkin Patch

 Pumpkin becomes the vegetable in the dessert buffet. It is delicious with a cream cheese spread.  I selected my  reliable Pumpkin Bread recipe that was received in a elementary school bazaar.  It had to be goo.

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Another favorite pumpkin dessert is Libby’s Pumpkin Roll recipe..  It is easy to make this extra special dessert with the canned pumpkin with the cream cheese filling. 

 I still prefer to buy my pumpkin in a can. Children or grandchildren are not available to enjoy the fun of jack-0-lanterns.  Remember when Halloween was a one day event.  Now it is as festive with decorations and tree lights like Christmas. 

Pumpkins and Mums

Pumpkins and Mums

Another favorite dessert in the Midwest is persimmon cake,  bread, pudding, cookies and some places have persimmon ice cream!  Our family favorite, American Persimmon Cake uses the small Midwest persimmons.

Enjoy a slice of fall:  Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Julia Ann
A moist dessert bread to enjoy with your coffee or tea. Share the recipe and a loaf at the next church or school bazaar.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease and flour 2- 9 x 5 loaf pans, or put greased parchment paper on the bottom.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients.
  • Add the eggs, oil, water and pumpkin.
  • Mix until very smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 F for 1 hour.

Notes

While bread is still very warm, wrap in plastic wrap and let cook completely. Bread tastes better after setting at room temperature 24 hours. This freezes well....Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2019 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® .All rights reserved.
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This makes 2  large loaves of Pumpkin Bread,  it can easily be frozen, or given away in a bazaar.

Loaves of Pumpkin Bread

Loaves of Pumpkin Bread

I received a pumpkin recipe that is making me to ‘think outside of the box’ of desserts.  jenreviews sent a tantalizing recipe for using pumpkin as a spaghetti sauce.         

Fresh Sage Whole Wheat Sage Spaghetti with Creamy Pumpkin … www.igotthatfire.com/freshsage-whole-wheatsageFresh Sage Whole Wheat Sage Spaghetti with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Crispy Presunto Source: ( Jen Reviews ) The go-to food in my home, like many others I assume, is a plateful of spaghetti.

Once Upon a Chef– Pumpkin Bread

Simply Recipes — Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

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Stone Ground Cornbread

Corn Bread

Corn Bread

 A grist mill grinds grain into flour, corn into cornmeal.

The corn kernels were ground between two large stones operated by water wheel to turn the stones. The corn is coarser than the corn from grocery store brands.  The taste is the same, delicious, and added a new dimension to the phrase of “cooking from scratch.”  Stone Ground Cornbread is very good with the Meatless Navy Bean Soup.

Stone Ground Cornmeal

Bridgeton Mill Stone Ground Cornmeal

Karen Jean of Bridgeton Mill has a recipe for Cornbread from Scratch on the package which I did use though not completely.  I like to bake with honey instead of sugar.  I am also learning how to bake/cook with coconut oil. Neither change the consistency nor flavor of the cornbread.  Honey and coconut oil were substituted for the brown sugar and cooking oil recommended in the Stone Mill Cornbread.

Bridgeton Mill in Parke County, Indiana

Bridgeton Mill in Parke County, Indiana

Bridgeton Mill, Bridgeton, Indiana in Parke County, Indiana

This is a brochure from Bridgeton Mill, it looks just like that. This mill was built in 1823, rebuilt in 1870.  Michael and Karen purchased it in 1995, and essentially have rebuilt it to its original use.  They even had to restore the dam.  They rebuilt the dam to restore the water power. To quote from the  brochure, “falling water spins the wheel for power.”  You just have to see it to appreciate it. 

Cornmeals are only a  small part of their products.  There are grits, some made from purple corn, flours, pancake mixes cornbread mixes and fish batter.  There are many USA food products of jelly, jams, honeys, and locally made ice cream.  I have only mentioned a very small list of interesting items.  Plan a visit to Bridgeton Mill when you are in Indiana.  Tell them cookbookinabox® and Julia Ann sent you.

Parke County, Indiana has a Covered Bridge Festival, highlighting tours of 31 covered bridges in the area.  The second weekend in October and for 10 days, the town of Rockville, Indiana and surrounding area is one big festival of foods, arts, crafts and antiques. 

Stone Ground Cornbread to enjoy.

Stone Ground Cornbread

Julia Ann
Stone Ground Cornbread is a delicious home baked cornbread to accompany soups, casseroles and left overs for breakfast feasts.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven 425 F.
  • Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together.
  • Add the milk, egg, honey and coconut oil.
  • Pour into a hot greased cast iron skillet.
  • (Or pour into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from Karen Jean's of Bridgeton Mill recipe...................
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Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup and Corn Bread

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Blueberry Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Bagels!  Recipe for home made Blueberry Bagels

I remember when bagels were a rarity  in the Midwest.  A friend would bring them back from New Jersey when he went home  on school breaks. Well, it was w-a-y back in  1972.  Now that I am retired and really into cooking, I like to try recipes, even if they are available on the market.  Better yet, I like make food without the unpronounceable ingredients.

A brief how-to make bagels.

Ready for the first rise.

Ready for the first rise.

This dough happens to be yeast bread dough.  Bagels also are a yeast dough,  the recipe I have is a small amount of yeast dough that makes 12 bagels.

 Besides knowing what goes into your homemade bagels, you also can decide what goes in your bagels or what to put on top.  The above bagels have white raisins, same dough as for the blueberry bagels.

Bagels in a boiling water bath.

Bagels in a boiling water bath.

Boiling the bagels sets the crust before going into the oven.  The interior texture is dense and  crust chewy. The bagels are in the water 45 to 60 seconds.

Enjoy Blueberry Bagels with cream cheese and jam.

Blueberry Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Now that you have tried the Blueberry Bagels, try them again for your flavor and flare, such as raisin bagels.

Fresh Raisin Bagels

Fresh Raisin Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Julia Ann
Home made bagels to enjoy toasted, with cream cheese and jam. Add blueberries or raisins, nuts and seeds. Decorate the top with nuts, seeds or plain for sandwiches. Your choice and ideas. A mixer friendly recipe
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • DOUGH
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water 105-115F
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 egg white thinned with 1 tablespoon water
  • sprinkling of corn meal.
  • WATER BATH
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Add the warm water into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the yeast on top and blend to dissolve for 5 -10 minutes. It will become bubbly.
  • Add the honey, olive oil and 1 cup of flour mixed with salt.
  • Stir at low speed, blend briefly to mix.
  • Add remaining flour while mixer is going.
  • Using the dough hook, knead at low speed for 10 minutes. Dough will be smooth and elastic.
  • Roll into a large ball, put into well greased bowl and grease the ball of dough.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap, let rise in a warm place 1 hour to double in size.
  • Prepare water bath to boiling.
  • Preheat over to 425 F.
  • Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly sprayed with oil and sprinkled with corn meal.
  • When dough has doubled in size, punch dough down.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll into a long log, divide into 12 equal pieces to make a 2-inch balls.
  • Flatten the dough piece, add 3-4 blueberries in the circle.
  • Fold the dough over the blueberries and seal on underside.
  • Punch a holes in the middle with your thumb, make hole about 1-2 inches big.
  • Cover bagels and let rise 15 minutes until puffy.
  • Drop into the seasoned boiling water. They rise to the top.
  • Let simmer for 45-60 seconds each side.
  • Lift out with skimmer.
  • Set on the baking sheet.
  • Brush with egg white and water.
  • Bake 425 F, 10 minutes, or until lightly brown.
  • Turn after 10 minutes and brown on the other side.
  • Remove upon rack to cool.

Notes

These can be frozen. Adapted from King Arthur Flour Bagels....... Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® bring you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk.Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. ”nettabelleschoice.com and cookbookinabox.com.All rights reserved.
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The object of homemade is not about the perfection in the appearance, instead, it is the challenge of trying and getting delicious outcomes to please family and friends. Practice perfects the appearance,  though one cannot control oozing hot blueberries or resist the tantalizing aroma?

Join me for a cup of hot ginger tea.

Ginger Tea

Cup of Ginger Tea

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Sweet Potato – Cranberry Bread

Sweet Potato – Cranberry Bread

Loaf of Sweet Potato - Cranberry Bread

Loaf of Sweet Potato – Cranberry Bread

The Scoop on Sweet Potatoes

Fresh Sweet Potatoes

Fresh Sweet Potatoes

There are many varieties and colors of sweet potatoes.  The orange of the sweet potato provides the vitamin A, beta-carotene. To get the full benefit of beta-carotene, it is important to have some fat with your sweet-potato meals. Boiling or steaming the potatoes enhances the nutritional value.  Additional nutrients include vitamin C, manganese, and potassium.  The heath benefits of sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory nutrients, antioxidants and blood-sugar regulating nutrients

How-to for Sweet Potato-Cranberry Bread

For years the only way sweet potatoes were eaten at our house was to have plenty of butter and brown sugar.  Now we enjoy them seasoned with olive oil, thyme or oregano and minced ginger, baked at 425 F for 25 minutes or until tender, in a cast iron skillet.  Add these toyour lettuce salad.

 

Sweet Potato - Cranberry Bread

Julia Ann
Enjoy the versatility of sweet potatoes and cranberries in a tea bread full of nutritional benefits for a snack or dessert.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 30 slices

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease and line the bottoms of 2 - 9 x 5-inch loaf pans with parchment paper.
  • Grease the parchment paper and dust pans with flour.
  • Measure and sift the dry ingredients together into a large bowl.
  • Add the eggs, oil, water and sweet potatoes to the dry ingredients.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in the cranberries and nuts if used.
  • Pour into the 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 F for 1 hour, or inserted toothpick come out clean.
  • Take bread out of the pans while very warm.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap or foil to cool completely.
  • Can be frozen.

Notes

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Slice of Sweet Potato Cranberry Bread

Slice of Sweet Potato Cranberry Bread

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