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  • Drunken blondies with pumpkin spice morsels and butterscotch chips Drunken blondies with pumpkin spice morsels and butterscotch chips

    Drunken blondies with pumpkin spice morsels and butterscotch chips

Drunken blondies with pumpkin spice morsels and butterscotch chips

“The Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook” is one of my most beloved titles. I have dozens and dozens of cookbooks, and this one is the kind I reach for when I am looking for the ultimate recipe. So when my good friend and kindred spirit, Jenn, brought me a bag of pumpkin spice morsels I knew I had to use them in something fantadiddlytastic. I’m hit or miss when it comes to brownies, either they are too cake-y or too dry. Or cookie-like. They rarely hit the mark with me, so I usually choose to indulge my allotted calories elsewhere. But – a blondie? I can never resist a blondie. And this one is something special. The recipe below has been modified from the Drunk Blondies recipe from the Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook. Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon fine sea […]

  • Easy peasy Devil’s chocolate pumpkin puree cupcakes Easy peasy Devil’s chocolate pumpkin puree cupcakes

    Easy peasy Devil’s chocolate pumpkin puree cupcakes

Easy peasy Devil’s chocolate pumpkin puree cupcakes

This is going to be a short post because the ingredient list is short too: cake mix and pumpkin puree. Look, I know cake mix is not ideal. But sometimes, I need to make cupcakes quickly and I need a quick chocolate fix. So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I thought I’d try it. I have no recipe to link to, so pay attention ok? Dump the cake mix in a bowl, then dump 15 oz of pumpkin puree into the same bowl. Mix. Pour into the prepared cupcake tin and follow the baking instructions on the cake mix box. Now, if you want the tops to be smooth, these won’t smooth out by themselves in the oven as you would except. You’ll need to pat them down with a small spatula or spoon. As you can see in the pic, I didn’t do that, and the tops […]

  • Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie

    Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie

I’m seriously kicking myself right now because I just tossed the last bit of pumpkin puree I had in my refrigerator because I have zero energy to cook or bake anything right now. And then I found this old blog post I’d been meaning to write up…. Indeed, ’tis the season for my ever-recurring bronchitis to return, hence the lack of energy, and unfortunately this coincides with pumpkin season too. Nonetheless, there is no reason for you not to make this recipe in my place. Not quite pumpkin pie, not quite chocolate chip cookie, just call it pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie. Heck, once you take a bite you’ll forget about the whole name thing and you’ll ask for some ice cream. You can find the recipe here… And before you forget to do so, I’m going to suggest you Pin this, bookmark it, whatever you need to do to […]

  • Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans

    Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans

Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans

  When I saw this recipe come across the wires at work from The Associated Press, it had me salivating. By the time the holidays have rolled around, I’ve usually made at least two or three pumpkin-based desserts so I had this high on my “To Do” list despite the fact I was heavily pregnant at the time I made it, and in no mood to tend to any housework. In any case, I figured this would be quick to whip up as it was a one-bowl recipe and I was right. If you’re like me and you always have a can or two of pumpkin puree, this should be a cinch to prepare. Within a few minutes of mixing (provided you have the ingredients measured out on your counter ahead of time), I had two loaves ready to bake. I froze one and served the other to some company. […]

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  • Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

    Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

  Sometimes, admittedly, I feel lazy. My friends and family may tell you I’m definitely not lazy because I’m always on the go, but sometimes I just don’t feel like seeing a recipe through. So I take shortcuts. Case in point: During my quick stop at Trader Joe’s in Boston, one of the mixes I picked up was a brownie mix. In fact, it shouldn’t even be called a mix, because you didn’t have to add anything to it, just pour it into a brownie pan and bake. How amazing is that? But, I had leftover pumpkin puree and I wondered if there was a recipe that could help me combine both flavours.A short Google search told me Martha Stewart had the answer (of course she did). Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies! You can find the recipe here. You can substitute any other quick brownie mix into this recipe, or perhaps follow the […]

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  • Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

    Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

  If you love pumpkin, if you love chocolate, heck even if you just love cake, you will love this dessert. I found this recipe after doing some Googling to find a way to use up my leftover pumpkin puree. And I’m so very glad I took a chance on this revamp of the classic Italian dessert. Luscious, moist, delicate, the perfect combination of fall flavours. What can I say? I’m a big fan of this dessert.It came together rather easily, especially because it’s a no-bake recipe, as you will know if you’ve made tiramisu before. If you are a tiramisu purist, don’t be turned off. The pumpkin flavour works in harmony with the chocolate and almond-flavoured liqueur despite any apprehensions you might have. And if you follow my lead, and lightly brush the ladyfingers rather than soaking them until they fall apart, this tiramisu will hold its consistency rather […]

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  • Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

    Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

  I was in Boston to attend a conference last month and I entered Trader Joe’s to grab a bottle of water. I had five minutes to get in and out. In the span of those few seconds on the way to the cash register, I ended up grabbing a bottle of organic agave syrup, a store-brand brownies mix, and also a dry mix to make pumpkin bread. All told, I spent just a few bucks if you can believe it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. That would never happen in Toronto. Anything organic or foodie is going to set you back, as some of my dear readers will attest. When I came home, I threw open the door to my baking cupboard and things started falling out: piping tips, candles, a jar of maraschino cherries. (I guess I’m one of those clean-counters, messy-cupboards kind of people). In any case, I started weeding through all the […]

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  • Pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with pecan streusel Pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with pecan streusel

    Pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with pecan streusel

Pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with pecan streusel

  Cream cheese is a necessity in our household. When we run out, we go into panic mode. Even when my son won’t eat anything else, he will eat cream cheese on toast. I’m no different. I love cream cheese on my bagels, in my slow cooker chicken stew, in my fettuccine Alfredo, and especially in my pumpkin muffins from Starbucks. But you can’t get Starbucks’ pumpkin cream cheese muffins year-round and so whenever my craving hit when they were out of season, I was fresh out of luck. Until now. I’ve been searching for a comparable recipe but wasn’t satisfied until I came across this recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker blog. What was most appealing about this recipe was the technique that freezes the cream cheese filling in a log so that it won’t ooze out of the muffin while baking. Brilliant. Substitutions: Weeelllll, you know me, I can be impatient and rushed, so I […]

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  • Mini pumpkin spice bundt cakes Mini pumpkin spice bundt cakes

    Mini pumpkin spice bundt cakes

Mini pumpkin spice bundt cakes

  When the temperature drops, and the leaves crunch under my feet, I want nothing more than to warm my palate with the rich seasonal tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. I took a several-week hiatus from blogging and baking after my son was born, but decided to get back in the kitchen and finally put my mini Bundt cake pans to use with a recipe for pumpkin spice cake. While my Kitchen-Aid mixer has been relegated to a top shelf I can’t barely reach – to make room for the baby bottles and bottle warmer – I haven’t lost my touch. This recipe for pumpkin spice cake with maple cream-cheese frosting is from a wonderful book called The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet. The recipe is for a regular cake, but I adapted it for the mini Bundt cake pans, left out the frosting, and […]