3 cups flour
1 2/3 Tbs. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 tsp. soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
Combine in large bowl. In medium bowl, mix:
3 cups sugar
15 oz. pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
4 lg. eggs
1/2 cup orange juice
Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir until just blended. Fold in 1 cup dried cranberries. If desired, add 1 cup walnuts. Grease/flour bottom of 2 9"x5" loaf pans (or 6-7 mini loaf pans). Spoon dough into pans, bake @350 for about an hour. Cool in pans 10 min., then on wire rack til completely cool (if you can wait that long!).
After my love of photography, (which obviously comes after my family in order of loves) baking is my next favorite passion. I made these little cuties for Easter and couldn’t quite bring myself to eat them… at least not right away 🙂 Here is the recipe for the sugar cookies: allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-rolled-sugar-cookies/ I melted candy wafers for the decoration on top.
This is my favorite recipe for making Challah bread.
I found this recipe on the internet back in 2001 and printed it out, but I had lost it when we moved. I was downstairs several weeks ago going through some boxes and I found it. I am so happy! This is the BEST recipe! It surprisingly makes one Large, I mean Large loaf or two nice medium loafs. Last week I decided to split the dough in half and make small balls for a monkey bread. It was just enough to place in an 8 inch round cake dish that I had. So I have now discovered that this recipe is also great for making monkey bread! I am sure this recipe would be great for making a Swedish Tea Ring for the holidays also!
Blanche’s Bread Machine dough.
2/3 c. water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 to 3 1/4 c. bread flower
1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1 egg, beaten
Place ingredients in machine in order listed. Operate "dough" cycle.
Once dough cycle is done, remove from machine.
Divide into 3 pieces; roll each piece into a rope about 14 inches long and braid on a greased baking sheet (I usually use a thin film of oil and a scattering of corn meal.) Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes. Brush top with egg glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds if desired.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree (F) oven for 45 minutes! Makes 1 large loaf or 2 medium loaves.
If you make two medium loaves of out this recipe, then they will be done sooner. So bake for 25 to 30 min and check. If they sound hollow underneath, they should be done baking.