This is the first fall that I’m so crazy in love with every and anything that has pumpkin! I didn’t grow up eating pumpkin, so to me pumpkin pie seemed weird and I never appreciated it….until now 🙂 I think it all started because of the spices, you know the classics; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. I’m such a sucker for cinnamon. Last year, I heard so many people talking about the Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks, but I was still not convinced that I would like it. This years a year to try new things so I decided to give it a try. They just so happen to open a Target near my house and they had a Starbucks in it! I was so excited! of course I asked them to make it a little less sweet. I absolutely loved it! The pumpkin taste is subtle and the spices and whipped cream on top, wow perfect!
So this past two weeks I have been debating if I should try this pumpkin bread recipe that I saw on YouTube, I had a can of pumpkin puree in the pantry that’s been collecting dust, so I figured why not use it? I used my Banana cake recipe, and instead of mashed bananas I replaced it with pumpkin puree. If you don’t know, pumpkin puree is pretty thick so my batter was heavy and thick so I was sure that it was a huge fail. I even considered throwing it out without cooking it through just because I wasn’t sure about the texture and was worried that I was going to get a dry and hard bread. But I decided to bake it through and see what the results were so that I can improve on it. I figured it cant be THAT bad because my banana cake recipe is super moist and fluffy….mmmm.
To my surprise, it turned out really delicious. Sorry I don’t have any pictures of it, I gave half to my mom and the other half was gone before I had time to snap a picture. I will be posting the recipe here soon, don’t worry. But If you can’t wait click here for a YouTube recipe. I was so happy of the results that I decided to make my own pumpkin spiced latte, and some cookies as well.
I also tried some home made cheese sticks, my oil was just a tad too hot, so next time I will try to make them in the oven to see if I can get the same results and save some fat 🙂
Pumpkin image source: http://www.crunchtimefood.com/2010/10/the-great-pumpkin-soup-charlie-brown/