Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

cades cove

Hello Blogland! I’ve missed you! I never meant to be gone so long, I had lots of stuff planned for last week, but things went a bit awry.

Last Wednesday my mom, sister, my moms friend, her daughter and I went on a nice little trip to the Smoky Mountains. I had planned on baking several things and blogging about it while I was there, but the internet connection at the cabin wasn’t working! So instead, I decided to just relax and enjoy my short time there.





The Smokies are so beautiful this time of year, mountains look like they are on fire from all those beautiful leaves.

glowing

wildflowers

Thursday we headed to Cades Cove, one of my favorite places on earth. It’s a stunningly beautiful, all the little churches and cabins. If you ever have a chance to visit, you should. It’s a little tourist-y, which I usually detest, but you totally forget that other people are around while you’re there.

sarah & catherine

mama

It was a great time, laughing until our sides hurt, staying up too late, eating a lot of great food. I can’t wait to do it again.

Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

I got back into the swing of things today, by making this amazing Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Glaze. It’s probably the best pumpkin bread I’ve ever had, so tender and moist. And because I’m sort of obsessed with brown butter right now, I threw together a frosting-like glaze for the top. The bread is great without it, but I think the glaze adds an unexpected element that really brings it to another level, more cake-like. If you glaze it while it’s still warm the brown butter flavor seeps into the bread, it’s heavenly.

Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

Amazing Pumpkin Bread

2 Loaves

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup butter, really soft
3 large eggs

1 16 oz can of pure pumpkin

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Method
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray two medium loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the wire whisk attached, dump in the sugar. Take the butter and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, so that it is half melted. Dump it into the sugar. Add the eggs. Cream these three ingredients together on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until fluffy. Add the pumpkin and combine well.
4. In three batches, add the dry ingredients and mix gently until each batch is just incorporated. Scrape the sides between each batch.
5. Pour half of the batter into a one of the prepared pans. Fold the pecans into the remaining batter and then pour it into the other prepared pan. Bake side-by-side for about one hour or until an inserted knife comes out clean the top is golden.

Browned Butter Frosting

1/2 c. butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1-3 Tbsp. milk

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, and let it cook till it’s a delicate brown color. Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, combine powdered sugar with browned butter. Add 1 Tbsp. milk. Add more milk as needed to reach spreading consistency.

77 comments:

  1. Have I mentioned that I wish I could live in your blog?? Well, eat it too.

    Just wonderful.

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  2. I love the idea of putting brown butter glaze on pumpkin bread. I got some new bread pans for my birthday, so I have a good excuse to make a batch of this fabulous pumpkin bread!

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  3. Oh my, that bread looks amazing. I love Cades Cove, too, so peaceful.

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  4. Amazing photography!
    What a great recipe. I have never tried a pumpkin bread, but maybe now I will!

    Thanks!

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  5. amazing bread indeed! i really do need to get in gear and bake a pumpkin tea bread already -- there's only four days until Halloween after all!

    cheers,

    *heather*

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  6. You're going to absolutely DO ME IN with the browned butter! Those blondies were incredible and may have even replaced our traditional Thanksgiving "killer brownies." Amazing.

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  7. This looks amazing. I'm also a bit taken with brown butter and in a frosting with pumpkin? Oh my!

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  8. oooooh, this was such a dreamy post!!! followed you over here from flickr.

    soooooo glad i did!!!

    :)

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  9. Thanks for the comment Hannah! I made a pumpkin cake today with brown butter icing!!! Us southern gals are into pumpkin and brown butter :) Your pictures are so beautiful and make me miss the south in the fall. How did you like your new lens ??

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  10. Gorgeous photos! Just lovely pumpkin bread! I will have to try this!

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  11. Your blog, words and pictures make me smile. :)

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  12. Hi Hannah,
    Your pumpkin bread looks delicious... it's the same colour as te corduroy pants I wore today~ also a sure sign of Autumn!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Caitlin

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  13. simply amazing, both the bread and the photos. bokehlicious!

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  14. thank you for this, and also, it's all your fault.

    i just made a few mini loaves of this incredible bread using this recipe. And in the process, I'm pretty sure I ate half of the butter used in the recipe....the icing and even the batter itself are irresistible to the finger dip...okay....double dip.

    thank you for another great recipe! and for bringing the goodness of fall to California!

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  15. Love the window image..nicely done. We've wanted to get to Cade's Cove and just haven't found the time yet...It looks beautiful.

    Going to have to make that bread, it looks scrumptious!

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  16. Great recipe, sounds absolutely delicious! What a beautifully moist pumpkin bread...and yes browned butter is very addictive!

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  17. stunning photos, hannah. looks like you had a great time enjoying the fall beauty. :)

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  18. Looks incredible! Guess what I'll be doing this weekend... (:
    eating pumpkin bread with brown butter glaze! What a great idea.

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  19. mmm pumpkin. looks like I'll be venturing to IKEA this weekend for some loaf pans...

    also, your pictures make me want to jump on a plane and visit the smoky mountains to see these beautiful fall colors in person!

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  20. I can't get enough of your pumpkin posts Hannah!! This one looks even better than the pumpkin cupcakes!


    I do have a question though--the recipe said it makes two loaves, but even still 3 cups seems so sweet. Would it hurt the recipe to cut down the sugar a little bit? I'm totally one of those nerds that gets toothaches from too-sweet candy and such, haha.

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  21. the photos from your trip are lovely hannah! and love brown butter!

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  22. Mmmm, mmmm, mmm! That sounds heavenly and looks even better!

    Btw, I like how you think...brown butter, glaze/frosting? Yes, please!
    ~ingrid

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  23. that pumpking bread--so delish. i like the frosting.

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  24. seriously...i look at your photographs and i dream about adding onto my house and reserving a wall for all the pictures of yours i'm going to have to buy over the years and have professionally framed and hung. listen, with a masters in film and having spent most of my life around photographers - i've have to be honest and say - you've just got that special "eye"...i see your photos and they evoke when so many other photos of the same things do not. keep taking pictures, keep growing as an artists...you have a big future ahead of you. becky

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  25. That's just gorgeous. I love the recipe and of course the photos.

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  27. forgot to add something. I made this into muffins. I used only 2 cups sugar and they tasted great. Thanks. I usually in this type recipe use 1/2 of the flour as baking mix like bisquick.

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  28. I just made this recipe but I didn't have any loaf pans, so I did 12 muffins and a 9x9 cake (20 min. bake time on the muffins, 35 on the cake) and they are awesome. Muffins for now, cake for later :) Thx for the recipe!!

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  29. I've been looking for a great pumpkin bread recipe, and as soon as I go to the store for more eggs I'll be making this one.

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  31. My family and I love going to cades cove, it really is gorgeous. We go in the Summer and the kids play in the creek all day! I hope you come back soon!

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  32. Oui! Wow. Your photography makes me smile. And wish I had 50 acres and a front porch!

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  33. This bread looks absolutely wonderful! I will try making this soon as fall is quickly approaching.

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  34. it is so amazing to prepare this wonderful recipe, I think that everybody at home will be very anxious waiting for this excellent pastry, I really love this incredible bread we can do with many delicious flavors.

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  35. The bread is in the oven! I never made pumpkin bread with such a silky and fragrant batter. I can hardly wait to share it with friends!

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  36. i found this recipe over the summer, and wanted to wait until there was fresh pumpkins available...finally made it this weekend. it truly IS amazing. thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  37. Thank you..I love pumpkin recipes and couldn't wait to make this..taking to a leaf raking family event tomorrow up here in Ottawa, Canada. Perfect!! and it smells yummy!! :)

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