Sunday, November 24, 2013

Five My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

October and November ALL about pumpkin. For the last several of falls, I had pumpkin overload. There were pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin latte, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin rice pudding etc… I pretty much tasted EVERYTHING in pumpkin flavored….

This fall, I try not get into "pumpkin coma". I will control myself to only limit to these following five recipes 

When I cook pumpkin, I like to make my own puree. I never used the canned pumpkin puree, but that would work as well. HERE is a step by step video demonstrates how to make pumpkin puree. It is easier than you think. 

No. 5 Pumpkin Pancakes
The recipe can be found in HERE

I have eaten so many different kinds of pumpkin food, but I never experienced pumpkin pancakes. This is definitely going to my  pumpkin baking list because we all enjoy tender pancakes. This would be a great breakfast in the crispy fall morning. I can't wait to make them. 

No. 4 Pumpkin Cookies 

The recipe can be found in HERE

When I made these cookies with my friends on halloween two years ago, we had marvelous time. The kitchen turned quite a mess. The texture was like a bread rather than cookie. It is not the prettiest cookie, but they do have the yummy fall flavor. 

No. 3 Pumpkin Roll

The recipe can be found in HERE

First time I had pumpkin roll was in Southern Oregon University's dorm cafe. It was SUPER delicious. Then I found it at my local Wal-Mart store, so I let my family taste it, too. They like it as well. I love the cream cheese filling, which is not too sweet. I hope I can make it someday. I never roll cake, and it look challenging. 

No. 2 Pumpkin Bread
The recipe can be found in HERE

Among all my baked goods, my family likes the quick/sweet bread the best. It is perfect warm, sweet, and soft from the oven. We can eat it as breakfast and/or snack. It can also made into the muffins. This year, we gave several pumpkin muffins out. They all wanted the recipe and thought the muffins were the best gift ever.   

No. 1 Pumpkin Pie
The recipe can be found in HERE

My favorite is definitely the PIE!!  It was the first pumpkin treats I had. Before knowing the pie, I did not like pumpkin, so the it opened my taste buds to all the pumpkin world. I was very nervous when I first baked the pie because it sounded difficult. I did not expect it would turn that great. 

What kind of pumpkin do you like the best? Are you going to make pumpkin pie for thanksgiving? 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Couple of month ago I made Zucchini Bread Bread, and the reaction from my family was unforgettable. When I bake something, they are usually happy to eat; however, this time they LOVED it. I was afraid to make this bread at first because we never cooked zucchini at home before, so I did not expect the it would turnout to be that good. Since I was extremely satisfied with the result, I decide to share the recipe in here. 
1/2 cup of oil
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract  
2 cup of shredded raw zucchini
1/2 cup of pecans or walnuts
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 
1 tsp baking of soda
1/4 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of cinnamon 
1/2 tsp salt

1. Mix oil and two kinds of sugar together
2. Add eggs one at time and then vanilla
3. In another bowl, combine flower, baking soda, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
4. Scoop about half cup of the dry ingredients and incorporate it with nuts. This prevents nuts from sinking down in the bottom while baking.
5. Put zucchini, nuts, and dry ingredients to the oil/sugar/egg/vanilla mixture
6. Preheat oven to 350F
7. Grease 9X5 inch pan with nonstick spray
8. Pour the batter into the pan and drop the pan on the table for several times 
9. Bake for about an hour until a knife inserted center comes out clean
10. Let it cool, then ENJOY!! 
Here is the in side of the bread. Isn't beautiful? 
It was warm, soft, and mildly sweet. Nothing can be more perfect than home made bread just came out from the oven.