Basic pumpkin bread

I feel like by calling this basic I am insulting it but what I mean is, this is a delicious no frills pumpkin bread that is easily adaptable should you wish to add any kind of browned butter, chocolate chip, cranberry frills. I’ve made this a few times and each time I felt like I was adding too many frills, at one point you wouldn’t have known there was pumpkin in it (largely due to too much treacle) so I stripped it back and there it was, a super simple but delicious loaf perfect for afternoon coffee.

This was what I had been thinking about just before I made this bread. Stop overcomplicating life/recipes. The reason my last few recipes had failed was because I had made them too complicated. I like a strong ginger flavour so I put 1.5 teaspoons in but you can adjust the spices to your taste. I’ll be sneaking a slice of this into work for my 3pm sugar craving. Continue reading

Easy-peasy pumpkin-pecan pudding pots

How’s that for a string of plosive consonants?

Easy-peasy pumpkin-pecan pudding pots | The Littlest BakehouseThis isn’t the post that’s meant to be here today. For a little while I’ve been compiling this month’s Take Five, but, guys, I’m just too excited to not share this now. I made this super-easy pudding and then did a little happy jig when I ate it.

The recipe is based on my go-to pumpkin pie recipe, but updated a little to include a better mix of spices and to make it incredibly easy – you don’t even have to get the scales out, really. Just some measuring spoons and one bowl.

Last autumn, when pumpkin fever hit for the first time I made too much pie filling and had about six ramekins of it in the fridge, an easy to grab dessert or the main ingredient for incredibly indulgent porridge. This year, I’ve scaled back to make just enough for two portions. Two little ramekins to be enjoyed, hot or cold, on crisp blue days and drizzly grey ones alike.

I promise – I promise – there are recipes on the way that don’t involve pumpkin or spice mix. It’s October, and that means spices and variations of squash and soon, oh so soon, big mugs of mulled cider. I can’t help that I feel this way. Bear with me. Continue reading

Spiced pumpkin & maple rolls

I think I’m being trolled by a season.

Spiced pumpkin & maple rolls | The Littlest BakehouseOn Monday morning, I stepped out of the front door and it smelt like the summer finally turning to my favourite season. There was an edge to the air, the temperature a little cooler. “At last,” I thought, “Autumn’s arrived. Not long till I can crack out the tweed jacket again.”

And by 1pm I was cursing wearing three quarter sleeves and trying to convince myself that it wasn’t really obvious that my entire face was sweating. What the hell, autumn? You’re teasing me. Continue reading

Pumpkin pie spice mix

Just because I refer back to this mix often!

Pumpkin pie spice


Below is the ratio of spices – it’s easily scaled up to make a jar full.
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Mix ’em up and store in an airtight container!

Hazelnut & pumpkin flapjacks

LittlestBakehouseFlapjackI know guys, I know. I need to step away from the pumpkins and the oats. Indulge me for one last pumpkin post, and I promise* I’ll leave it alone for at least a month.

I love it because it’s creamy and adds bulk to meals, for no Weight Watchers points. It can be savoury and it can be sweet. Plus it’s orange, and orange foods are almost always brilliant: mangoes, carrots, er, oranges, squashes, sweet potatoes and orange Smarties are all delicious.

At first glance, these flapjacks look a lot like I just baked pumpkin porridge with a few nuts and that’s that. The truth is that the porridge gets a thumbs up for Weight Watchers followers, and these flapjacks, full of sugar and glorious golden syrup, most definitely do not.

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