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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I can't believe it's already Halloween!  Have seen some really cool people dressed up for the occasion around Marlow Oklahoma this morning.  I am not one to dress up for Halloween but I sure enjoy the ones who do dress up for the holiday.

Anyone making any special treats for this special day?  I sure want to but am running out of time.  Am thinking about making some Pumpkin Loaf.

Halloween themed pumpkin bread

Elizabeth Chambers' Bird Bakery Pumpkin Pecan Breakfast Loaf
5 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons fine salt
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
6 large organic eggs
1 cup water
29 ounces organic pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups pecans, halved, plus extra chopped finely for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the oil and water. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the pumpkin, mixing well.
Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Once combined, stir in the pecans.
Spray loaf tins with cooking spray and line with parchment, leaving about 2 inches of excess on either side. Pour the batter until the tin is 3/4 of the way full, smoothing the top. Bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes, adding chopped pecans to the top after 1 hour (cover with foil if over-browning). Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely. Slice in one-inch pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Pretzel rods
Halloween sprinkles
Ready-to-make bags of chocolate (Available at Michaels) or a bag of semi-sweet chocolates
A cooling rack (The perfect size to stand up the pretzels to cool)
Icing bags & nozzle
In a small bowl melt chocolate for 40 seconds in the microwave - no longer as if the chocolate gets too hot, it becomes unworkable.
Tilting the bowl towards you, dip the pretzel rod all the way into the bowl, very slowly twisting it on your way out. This will give the chocolate a smoother finish.
While chocolate is still wet, decorate with your sprinkles of choice. If drizzling, drizzle across the top of the sprinkles.
Place on rack to cool.

2 parts Sauza Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
1/2 part DeKuyper Mixologist Collection Ginger
6 parts apple cider
1/2 part real pumpkin puree
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Small lemon sliced into wheels
Whipped cream for garnish (optional)
Dash of fresh ground nutmeg
In a non-reactive sauce pan, combine all ingredients except the whipped cream and heat just until steam rises then lower heat to keep warm. To serve, ladle into coffee mugs, top with whipped cream, and dust with fresh ground nutmeg.

All these look so yummy!  I always enjoy a adult cocktail.  I collect a ton of recipes for beverages but tend not to make very many of them.

Everyone have a Happy and Safe Halloween!