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”.
Beaches, swim parties and bar-be-ques become a season of tailgating, football games, and bar-be-ques. Pumpkin becomes the vegetable in the dessert buffet. I selected my reliable Pumpkin Bread recipe, received from a elementary school bazaar. You know it has to be good, goodness this was about 1979!
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.
All the farmer’s markets are bright orange with the bright pumpkins. Yesterday I saw small white pumpkins, are they orange inside? I did not buy one to find out. 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.
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, not the larger Japanese persimmons found in the grocery.
Enjoy a slice of fall: Pumpkin Bread
- 3 cups sugar
- 3½ cups flour
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup cooking oil
- ⅔ cup water
- 2 cups canned pumpkin
- 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.
This makes 2 large loaves of Pumpkin Bread, it can easily be frozen, or given away in a bazaar.
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