Fall Baking- The Best of Pumpkin

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with all things pumpkin; it's my favorite part of the fall season.  I love trying new recipes and baking with family.  My mom's pumpkin bread is always a hit and I wanted to try it for myself this year.  She came over and we made it a family affair; three generations baking away in the kitchen.  We had a fun day pouring, whisking, filling, and laughing.  
In our house we've always liked French Toast so we decided to try a pumpkin version this year.  Oh so yummy! The third recipe below is one I've made before and just can't get enough of; it's to die for. Pumpkin Crunch Cake is such an amazing dessert that is beyond easy to make.  Check out the recipes below:

Voa Voa's Pumpkin Bread


3 ½ cup flour
¾ cup water
3 Cup sugar                                                       
4 eggs
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon                                              
1 cup vegetable oil
½ tsp. nutmeg                                                   
2 cup pumpkin (16 0z)
2 tsp soda                                                        
1 ½ cup nuts
1 ½ tsp. salt


Sift dry ingredients into large bowl. Make a well in the center.  Add water, eggs, oil and pumpkin into a separate bowl and mix.  Add wet ingredients to the dry.  Mix well by hand, and then stir in nuts or place on top once poured into pans.
Grease and flour three large loaf pans and 1 small loaf pan and divide mixture.  (For large sized loaf pans put 2 cups of batter, for small loaf pans put 1 cup batter.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Pumpkin French Toast


Whole Wheat Bread
Canned Pumpkin


For French Toast I just eye ball the amount for each ingredient.  In this case I used two eggs, a few spoonfuls of pumpkin, about 1/2 cup of milk, and a few dashes of cinnamon.  Dip bread in mixture, turn over and dip.  Place a pat of butter in hot pan and then place dipped bread onto pan.  After 2-3 minutes, or once brown, turn over and let brown.  Serve with syrup and/or powdered sugar.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake


1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1 can (12oz) evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1.5 cups sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, melted


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9 x 13" pan.  Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and sat.  Pour mixture into greased pan.  Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture.  Drizzle melted butter on top.  Bake 50-55 minutes or until middle appears to be set.

Happy baking and more importantly happy eating!  No calories count this time of year right?!?!  If you have any favorite pumpkin recipes I'd love to hear about them.

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