Thursday, October 27, 2016

Countdown to Halloween - Pumpkins - Day 3

I made four mini-loaves of pumpkin gingerbread. The recipe came from a pin on Pinterest which led to All Recipes.

Pumpkin Gingerbread


3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice cinnamon, and clove.

In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour.

This recipe was okay. It wasn't as spiced as we were used to with other pumpkin breads we've made. We all decided that we would stick with the pumpkin spice bread recipe that I've used since I was a teenager. The recipe came from our next door neighbor.


This year, we didn't go to a pumpkin patch to get larger pumpkins. The girls found two smaller pumpkins in our patch which they felt was enough. They didn't want to carve pumpkins this year which was fine.

They are trying to get caught up with their homeschooling after a one-week vacation. So, I'm okay that they want to do schoolwork versus pumpkin carving. There's always next year.


For dinner, I wanted to make the Stuffed Jack O Lantern Bell Peppers. I bought the bell peppers and was ready to use the recipe from the pin I found on Pinterest that led to All Recipes.

However, when I looked more closely at the recipe, I noticed it had a half cup of chili sauce. I knew that Olivia wouldn't eat it; and that I needed to make something more mild.

Ended up using my mom's recipe for stuffed peppers instead of the one on All Recipes.

When preparing the peppers, I boiled them in hot water. When they came out, I realized there was no way in the world I was going to be able to cut the eyes and mouth out of the boiling-hot-peppers and have them look like the photo on Pinterest.

So, we just had the dinner with the plain peppers instead of peppers meant to look like Jack O Lanterns.


I'm happy that I have recipes that were favorites of mine when I was growing up; and that I'm able to make them for my family now. In some ways, the passing along of traditions and family recipes is more important than needing to try new recipes.

1 comment:

Rita said...

Goodness! At first I saw these three Halloween posts in one email and thought they'd been lost in cyberspace for that long--LOL! But they were just posted. All really cute baking ideas. Merry Christmas to you and the girls! :)