Yesterday I had a kind of crappy day. Nothing serious but the kind of day that just puts you in a bad mood all the same. So I decided that I would bake last night and I also decided that when I went to Williams Sonoma to buy vanilla beans for baking, I would treat myself with the pumpkin patch loaf pan that I have wanted for a few years now. Take that bad day. I do what I want and you can’t stop me. Obviously one needs to make pumpkin things in a pumpkin patch pan and so I found a pretty great pumpkin chai bread recipe that seemed necessary. And then I made it and ate my weight in batter and watched Hocus Pocus.
I used this recipe for the bread and I made no changes to it other than adding a teaspoon of vanilla. Because I believe every sweet thing needs vanilla.
For the glaze I used this recipe but substituted 1/3 of a vanilla bean for the vanilla and added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, but I wish I would have added a touch less so you guys can benefit from my mistake here. It is still completely delicious.
from Betty Crocker
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons warm water or more. I always end up adding a little more.
Mix until creamy and smooth.
I could not be happier with how it turned out. It is very moist and warm and spicy and delicious and if you guys ever have a bad day, I suggest that you make it as well. Or whenever really.
Truth time…I wish the pumpkins on the top of my loaf looked a little more like pumpkins and less like lumps. :/ Right? Maybe I am asking too much from my bakeware.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
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So there is this secret that Colleen and I have been keeping from you guys for over a year now. I know. We haven’t been very good friends. Actually, it’s not that big of a secret cause at some point it was all over pinterest. Either way, we knew of this deliciousness and didn’t even mention it. But I am here to fix all of that and tell you about a dessert of joy and simplicity and chocolate and ooey gooey caramel. They are called Carmelitas. And in case you have pinned them but didn’t make them because life, you need to make them. Nowish. Or maybe for the 4th.
In the famous words of my dad, “That’s what I’m talking about.”
I am not gonna repost the recipe because I made it exactly like she did. No changes whatsoever. The only part that gets a little confusing is when you crumble the oatmeal batter onto the very top and it seems like there isn’t enough but just spread it around as much as possible so that you can barely see what is beneath it. Also, you may want to leave a little more for the top part of the crust than the bottom. You will understand what I mean when you make it. And you should make it.
Here is the recipe from Lulu the Baker. She is cute.
The ingredients are few (probably many things you already have) , the recipe is a breeze, but the taste is perfect and highly addictive.
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Excuse my dorky post title. I couldn’t help myself. Have you guys seen any of the promotional photos of the PoppyTalk for Target line that is coming out on June 22nd? I have read that it is geared towards “glamping.” I am not sure about that but camping has never really been my scene. A combination of having a bad experience at summer camp, being scared of the dark in general, and being completely scarred by the Blair Witch Project make it safe to say camping isn’t real high on my summer priority list. What does make the list however, is s’mores. It is gonna be hard to resist those precious floral toasting sticks. A few years ago I had a s’mores bar at a game night with friends. It was a real delight and my cousin Bill was so impressed that he still mentions it quite frequently. Some of the combinations we tried were exceptionally yummy and I thought it would be fun to share them.
How cute is all this stuff??
My personal favorite was the St. Lucia because I am a maniac for cinnamon and coconut. Which one do you think y’all would like to try?
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