In lighter, brighter news, I made my first pumpkin bread of the season! This is easily one of the best I've made, especially because of the glaze I came up with. It's stupendously moist, even after sitting out a few days. In fact, we were going to share it at the tailgate Saturday, but my sister decided that she wanted to eat it more than she wanted to share it. And well, I'm not gonna argue with the pregnant lady about food.
I decided to leave her the rest of the pumpkin bread when I left yesterday. I'll probably make some more this week. My mom doesn't really care for stuff like this, so I'll more than likely have a loaf to myself. Um, yes please. With my coffee? Sweet heavens. Oh, don't be intimidated by the ingredient list. It's mostly spices that are probably in your cabinet.
Now we're going to add the flour mixture in stages. Beat in about a third of the flour mix until just incorporated. Alternate adding the flour with the milk.
At the end of it all, it should look like this.
I sprayed down a loaf pan with Baker's Joy nonstick spray with flour. You're "supposed" to butter it and line the bottom with wax paper. The nonstick spray with flour worked just fine.
Spread it evenly in your prepared pan. I won't blame you if you sneak a little batter. Bake it in a 350º oven for 45 minutes to an hour. I checked mine at 45 minutes and it was perfectly done with a few crispy edges.
Let it cool completely on a wire rack, then transfer it to whatever you'll be keeping it on.
I'm a big fan of glazes. Check it: cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract (not pictured)
Cream about 4 ounces of cream cheese. That's about half a package or container.
Add the powdered sugar and beat until they've blended together in an awesomely smooth mixture.
A couple of tablespoons of milk thins it and makes it pourable.
Don't you want to lick those beaters? I did. So did Emily. Well we didn't lick them so much as we swiped 'em with a finger. Hygiene.
Add in the cinnamon and vanilla. Okay, does anybody else see the lion in my vanilla extract?! It's like looking at cloud shapes. If it had been the Virgin Mary I'd have sold it to the highest bidder.
Seriously. That's a lion.
Okay, okay. Back on track. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon, and it looks glorious.
Pour the glaze over the cooled bread. I promise the side is not black. It's the lighting. Promise.
Spread it around, making sure to get the sides too. Sides need love!
Cut yourself a big ol' slice and eat up! Eat it as a snack. Eat it for breakfast. Eat it for dessert. Isn't the mark of really yummy bread that you can eat it for breakfast and dessert? I think so. There's no shame in that game. At least, I hope not.
Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze (makes 1 9-inch loaf)
Adapted from Food & Wine
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
6 tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c light brown sugar
1 c unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c milk
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 c powdered sugar
2 tbs milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9x5 baking loaf with nonstick spray+flour. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
- In a large bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Gradually add brown sugar and beat for 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. Beat in pumpkin puree. Combine milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup.
- Add flour 1/3 at a time, alternating with milk. Mix until just incorporated, scraping down sides.
- Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes-1 hour, checking at 45 minutes.
- Let the loaf cool in the pan, 5-10 minutes. Turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- To make glaze, cream the cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add milk and beat to combine. Stir in vanilla extract and cinnamon.
- Pour glaze over completely cooled bread. Spread over top and sides.