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Happy Halloween

We were a little bit behind the holiday this year. Normally the pumpkins would have been carved weeks ago and the toasty, roasty seeds would be a distant memory. But, with work, school and other general distractions, we didn’t find our selves stabbing out stenciled patterns until last night.

My pattern this year was a nod to one of my favorite Pixar movies, Monsters Inc., which happens to have a sequel coming out next year. And the name, Mike Wazowski, is just fun to say.
The Missus, however, went a little more political with her pumpkin this year and chose the Guy Fawkes/Anonymous stencil. Her pumpkin came out very nice and had me declaring that we were going to Occupy Halloween. Maybe when the holiday is done I’ll leave the pumpkin on the steps of Bank of America for shits and giggles.

Happy Halloween, kids.

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Fattening up in Fall

Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing

My first job in a kitchen involved desserts and every winter I let that side come out to play. This bread was more like a cake, extremely moist, strong in pumpkin flavor and puffed up nicely in the oven.
I grabbed the frosting recipe from here and the pumpkin bread recipe from over yon, to which I added some chopped pecans to the top of it, instead of inside the bread, in hopes they crunch up a bit. They did and I’ve gorged myself on it for the past three days. One other note–it was baked in a large glass dish, rather than bread pans, adding about 10 minutes to the baking time.

When I stored this I kept the frosting and the bread separate which worked out as the frosting is a bit on the sweeter side. Don’t be afraid to use a little less powdered sugar than is called for in the recipe.