I just realized that it's been about 3 weeks since I posted a recipe! Yikes! Hopefully the fact that I'm posting two recipes will make up for it! :)
I had some pears that were starting to get a little too ripe and I didn't want to throw them away. So, I decided to try making some pear bread. I have never had pear bread, and I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result. This bread doesn't rise up like yeast breads, but it is moist and really good plain or warmed with melted butter on top. I don't usually put nuts in my breads, but I think the combination of pears and pecans worked nicely. However, if you have a nut allergy, this bread would be good without them as well.
Makes 2 loaves *Note: this bread freezes really well. I usually keep one loaf to eat, and freeze the other one.
* 1/2C applesauce
* 1/4C coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
* 3/4C raw sugar
* 3/4C brown sugar
* 3 flax eggs (3Tbl. ground flax mixed with 9Tbl. warm water. Let sit until thickened.)
* 3 pears -peeled, cored, and chopped
* 1C chopped pecans (optional)
* 2tsp. vanilla
* 3C whole wheat flour
* 1tsp. baking soda
* 1tsp. baking powder
* 1tsp. salt
* 1 1/2tsp. cinnamon
* 1/2tsp. nutmeg
* 1/4tsp. cloves
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the flax eggs and set aside.
2. Lightly grease two 8x4" loaf pans.
3. In a large bowl, mix applesauce, oil, sugar, and flax eggs.
4. Stir in pears, pecans, and vanilla and stir to combine.
5. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
6. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
7. Pour the batter into the two prepared loaf pans.
8. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
9. Cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
DIY Pumpkin Latte:
I'm sure we've all seen the return of the Pumpkin Latte at Starbucks. I really like their drink, but I could do without spending the money. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and tweaked it a little bit after some trial and error. Let me tell you, this is soooo good! I actually like it better than the one at Starbucks. And, it's A LOT cheaper to do and is super easy to make. You can drink it as is, or add some of your favorite morning coffee to it.
We made this when we carved our pumpkins and my boys loved it! Now that the weather is getting colder, it's nice to have a fun, warm drink, other than hot chocolate. :) I hope you like it!
Makes 4 grande size servings
* 1C pumpkin puree (just pumpkin, NOT canned pumpkin pie puree)
* 1 quart (4cups) soymilk
* 1/4C sugar **Note: this could definitely be decreased. I usually start with less, than add more if I think it needs it.
* 1Tbl. vanilla extract
* 3/4tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
2. Use a whisk to blend well.
**Note: The brown flecks in the picture are the spices. This is pre-blended. You have to keep whisking in order to incorporate the spices into the milk. I usually use my immersion blender (best device EVER!!) to get it completely mixed in.
3. Heat to a simmer, do not boil.
4. Pour into your mugs and enjoy!!! **Note: if you want to add coffee to it, I usually fill the mug 3/4 full of latte, then fill the rest with coffee. Yum, yum, yum!!
I hope you all have a good day! :)