Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pecan Filling

pumpkin bread with cinnamon pecan filling

So, October is almost over, can you believe that? It’s been quite the month for me.

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around this place much lately. That’s because October 8th, my mom was admitted to the ICU with a massive blood clot, a saddle pulmonary embolism. It was there the doctor looked me in the eye and told me that the mortality rate for this condition was incredibly high, he compared it to a heart attack and stroke, and that I should prepare myself for the worst.

My mom spent over a week in the hospital, and I stayed with her the entire time. It was incredibly hard, the worst thing I’ve ever been through, but also a really joyful time. I watched my amazing, strong mother laugh and smile in the midst of facing her mortality, I watched her pull through, I heard the doctor tell her that she was so blessed, a miracle, that most people don’t make it. I experienced the worst day of my life and the best day of my life, when the doctor walked in and told her she was being discharged.

pumpkin bread with cinnamon pecan filling

Needless to say, it’s been a tough month. I didn’t think I was going to watch the leaves change color through a hospital window. I think that this experience has me leaving the month of October a more grateful person though, grateful for family, for modern medicine, for my heavenly father. I’m going to spend these last days of the month soaking it all in, celebrating life.

I’m starting the best way I know, with food! This pumpkin loaf is the essence of the season. It’s gooey, pumpkiny and cinnamony. What more could you ask for?

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Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pecan Filling
Adapted from Martha Stewart, makes 2 loaves

3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups canned pumpkin purée
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup milk

Filling:
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 chopped pecans
1/2 stick butter, melted

To make filling: Combine sugar, cinnamon, pecans and butter in small bowl, mix to combine.


For bread: Preheat the oven to 350ºF and coat your pans with butter. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, spices, and salt, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the pumpkin and sugars. Mix until well combined, and then add the eggs and oil. Mix until incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed. With the mixer on low, add the flour in two batches, alternating with the milk, and mix until just combined.

Fill loaf pans half way, add filling, top with remaining batter.

Bake for 55-60 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. A cake tester should come out clean. Cool the pans on a rack for ten minutes, remove the loaves from the pans, and cool completely.

79 comments:

  1. yowza!!! LOVING FALL. loving that you're back. thinking of you + your fam and so happy that your mom was discharged!
    J.

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  2. hannah,

    so happy to hear that your mother made it through! i'm sure that your presence by her side made a world of difference.

    your pumpkin loaf looks perfectly fall :) here's to all those sweet moments in life!

    xo cindy

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  3. Yay! I am so glad your mom is doing well. I was praying for her. Thank God for miracles! :) And that bread looks super yummy.

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  4. We serve a loving and gracious Father. So amazed by your strength. What a great example you are. AND that bread looks amazing.

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  5. Lots of well-wishes and prayers are headed your way. Here's hoping November is so much better!

    Lovely photos and recipe, as always.

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your mum, but so glad to hear she survived and is recovering! Life is really testing us sometimes like that, isn't it.

    This looks absolutely wonderful and comforting. What a lovely treat to have with a nice cup of tea :-)

    All the best for you and your family!

    Maria
    x

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  7. Magnificent! That is one mighty fine bread.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. Hannah, that is amazing! So ecstatic for your mother (and for your family) that she has fully recovered. Talk about a miracle.
    And I'm so glad you and your mom will be able to enjoy the changes of the leaves together. From your own house. And not through a hospital window.

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  9. So glad your mother is okay. Continued thoughts and prayers for her recovery. Nice recipe.

    Molly

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  10. So glad to hear your lovely mother pulled through! I read an article lately in a scientific journal, and it was about cancer, but I'd imagine it applies to many other conditions too--anyway, it showed that the survival rates overall were significantly higher in patients who had strong supporters. I'm sure you helped your mother more than you know!

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  11. I'm so happy that your Mum is okay and that your both back at home... and what a beautiful, heartful loving post. The recipe looks devine, can't wait to try it. Sending good thoughts to you and your Mum
    xo e

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  12. Oh wow, this looks so awesome. Yet another divine pumpkin recipe to add to my baking list! I really like the pecan element.

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  13. Looks great and soft! your pictures are beautiful as always :)
    It's so amazing and great that your mom pulled through. And you too, struggling through all that. Your so strong :)

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  14. So happy your mother is doing better! Comfort foods always help, especially ones that sounds as delicious as this recipe!

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  15. Hi Hannah, I'm so happy that your mother is healthy and well again! I kept her, you and your family in my prayers and thoughts. It shows you how powerful prayer and faith truly are! So happy for all of you and I love this recipe!

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  16. Hannah, what a month it must have been for you and your family. I'm so happy to hear that your mother pulled through and is well again. And I must say there's no better way to spend these happy moments with than with good food and loved ones. This pumpkin bread looks amazing, it's on my list of must makes for the season!

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  17. Praise God! Thinking of you and your family and this yummy pumpkin bread. :)

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  18. So glad to hear that your mom is well.
    & And I want a slice of that bad. Like, badly. Really really badly.

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  19. Simply good! Gald that your mum is getting better. Take care :D

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  20. Oh, Hannah! I had no idea all this was going on - I haven't been around Twitter in a coon's age. So glad she's going to be ok!

    That bread looks sooo scrumptious, too!

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  21. I have missed your beautiful posts, and I am so happy to know your mom is doing well. Praise God for that! Glad you're back :)

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  22. Wish your mum a speedy recovery. Beautiful bread to welcome fall and celebrate life!

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  23. thanks for the amazing looking recipe. i lobe all things pumpkin. Good luck to you and your family!! keep writing :-)

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  24. This looks amazing! I LOVE how you arranged the fall leaves in the first pictures. Hope you and your family are doing well this week!

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  25. So so so happy to hear your mom is ok! Lots of love! xoxo

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  26. So happy that your mom has made such a great recovery! I know what it's like to be in the hospital waiting and waiting. Glad all is well and I'm sure pumpkin has never tasted so good.

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  27. It has been whirlwind month for you. Glad your Mother is on the mend and I hope you soak in all that you can!

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  28. oh hannah. i am so very sorry, and at the same time so happy to hear this story. how is your mom doing now? will surely be praying for you guys! He is truly the one who comforts us in all our troubles, isn't He?

    ps. pumpkin bread is on my menu this week, too! but yours looks absolutely to die for, of course. the cinnamon pecan filling is brilliant.

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  29. I've been wondering where you are Hannah! I am so sorry to hear about your mom but glad she is on the mend. And glad you are back with your delicious photos! :)

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  30. Glad to hear that your Mom is doing better!
    ~ingrid

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  31. So glad to hear your momma is better! Yay! Enjoy the rest of October - you deserve it!
    Oh, and this recipe sounds divine - I'll definitely try it.

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  32. So so glad your Mom is home and well. How incredibly lucky she is to have you. Can't wait to try your delicious-looking pumpkin bread.

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  33. im glad your mother is on the mend! October has been a traumatic month for me too. What gives??

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  34. Sounds like an incredibly hard month for your whole family. I'm so glad your Mom is getting better. Cooking and baking is a lovely way to enjoy and share time with the family. This recipe sounds so good. I love everything pumpkin this time of year, and the cinnamon pecan filling makes this cake very special. Glad to have you back blogging! x

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  35. Praise the Lord, hannah!

    http://greenoatsandjam.wordpress.com

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  36. wow, i am so happy your mom is better and that you all experienced such a profound moment together. something similar happened with my mom and It made me realise that everything can change in second so take the time to live in the moment and love those around you. x

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  37. what a beautiful -and trying- time you shared with your mom. will be thinking and praying for you both. (i'm sure a new diet is in the works with the coumadin she is surely prescribed...)

    and, your cake looks divine. xo.

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  38. I was so moved when I read your post and so grateful that your mother is better. Thank you for sharing your photos, recipes and life.

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  39. I want to give you all my best and happy thoughts to you and your family. And a special thanks to you for being great and posting this amazing recipe. Thank you.
    -Amalia

    http://butersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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  40. Hannah, I'm so happy for you and your mom....what a terrible scare! Please give her my best and hopes for a speedy recovery.
    If she had some of this bread, I bet it made her VERY happy!

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  41. That was a very sweet story & I am very glad your Mother is alright now.

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  42. Oh my goodness, so sorry to hear about your mom. Thrilled for you that she's ok. I know you are grateful!

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  43. My goodness - I am so sorry that your family had to go through that! I am very happy and relieved to hear that things are looking up!

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  44. So sorry to hear about your mom! Glad she's doing better!!

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  45. Your mom sounds like a strong lady! Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us all to count our blessings. And that pumpkin bread that first drew me in looks AMAZING!

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  46. I am so happy this story has a happy outcome. Enjoy the rest of the season. This recipe looks wonderful. I love all things pumpkin. And as usual, your photos are beautiful. Best wishes.

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  47. Sorry to hear about your mom!
    But your recipe is a real treasure!

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  48. Oh Hannah, how frightening. I'm very relieved to hear that your mother is home and healing, though I wouldn't be surprised if, in the wake of the trauma, things still feel quite precarious. I'll be thinking of you and your family. xo.

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  49. Thank you for giving me hope in "Days of Rain."
    always makes me smile (somehow).

    greetings and cheers from Portugal! ;)
    (Excuse my translation)

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  50. Ahhh! I'm so happy I found your blog! Your photography and recipes are BEAUTIFUL! Yay! Looks delish!!

    http://mycupcakejourney.blogspot.com

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  51. wanted to make this as soon as i spotted it! alas i am studying for midterms & assigned my best friend (who has baked ONCE in her life) the task & it turned out amazing! Thanks!

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  52. This pumpkin bread looks lovely. I will have to try it!

    I am so glad to hear your mother is doing well.

    Blessings,

    elizabeyta

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  53. Oh Hannah, I am SO happy to hear that your mother is doing better. What a tough month, but I am glad it is ending sweet.

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  54. I just wanted to thank everyone that prayed for our family and encouraged Hannah during this difficult time.

    I am feeling wonderful and thank my Father that He has given me more time with my sweet family.

    Ya'll are a special bunch of people!

    Hannah's mom :)

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  55. So thankful for you and yours, and that all is well!

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  56. I am happy to hear your mom is OK and you to.

    And that is a fantastic recipe.

    LisaDay

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  57. what happy news! that, in combination with one heck of an awesome recipe, is way more than enough to put a smile on my face. :)

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  58. that looks sooooo good. i'm always into a new take on pumpkin bread.

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  59. So glad to hear your mom is ok! Here's to a wonderful holiday season ahead :)

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  60. Beautiful bread and a beautiful post... So glad to hear that you're mom's doing well. :)

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  61. I am so happy to hear that your mother ended up doing well and being discharged. Saddle pulmonary embolisms are one of the scarier things to happen to a patient. I'm also happy to see this pumpkin bread because it looks positively gorgeous, delicious, and perfect for the fall season! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  62. Oh my goodness! How terrifying for you. I am so happy and relieved that your mother was able to pull through. Many healing thoughts your way!

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  63. Mmmm, wow. lookes wonderfull!
    Loves cinnamon :9´)

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  64. This pumpkin bread with cinnamon pecan filling recipe sounds great! Thanks for posting this!

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  65. Oh holy moly. And here I thought pumpkin bread couldn't get any better. At my house, we spread cream cheese on top of ours. Plus pecans and cinnamon, this could be positively decadent!!!

    Anni
    http://anjeme.blogspot.com

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  66. I’ve been trying to exercise and drink more tea everyday. With www.geocities.jp/family_hong_kong/English/index.htm and these flowering teas, it’s been a breeze!

    Up til now, Jasmine Flower is my favorite!

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  67. Those look yummy!! My kids loved Pumpkin Bread too, decorating the can was so much fun for them!! Will definatley be doing this more often..

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  68. I've made this bread so many times now, I love it so much! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  69. YUMMILICIOUS! That sounds so good!! I can’t wait to try it! desired to create this as soon as I identified it! However I am understanding for midterms & designated my best buddy (cheap restaurant in Pattaya) the endeavor & it transformed out amazing! Thanks for search engine optimization service!

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  70. This pumpkin breads looks attractive. I will have to try it! We offer a nurturing and grateful Dad. So surprised by your durability. What an excellent example you are. AND that breads looks awesome.

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  71. Wow!! This looks absolutely scrumptious Hannah. May be just what I'm making to take over to a friend's for coffee in a couple days. your pumpkin loaf looks perfectly fall :) here's to all those sweet moments in life! I also am going to buy udon noodles and cook them in the oven.

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  72. how much is a half stick of butter? im in ireland lol

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  73. In a large bowl, whisk together the ateş ve su buz devri brown sugar, melted butter, flour and salt. Add in the eggs, maple syrup This dish is really amazing to eat.As there has been mixed many awesome ingredients kafa topu so it should be delicious for everyone.I would like to make this dish and will eat with my family.

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