I love to bake. The process of baking is very therapeutic for me. Always has been. It is truly enjoyable for me to follow a recipe that culminates in a delicious treat to share with family and friends.
I haven’t baked in 8 ½ months. Unless you count the Nestle tollhouse cookie dough from the refrigerator section of Walmart, half of which never made it in the oven. And I may have baked a Texas sheet cake for July 4th, but, truth be told, I can’t remember for sure.
Well, last night I saved three black bananas from the garbage can and made some banana bread. It wasn’t my best, but it wasn’t bad. I think I’m just out of practice.
So, in keeping with the season and because I SERIOUSLY need some therapy (and some practice), I’m going to try to bake one pumpkin recipe each weekend between now and Thanksgiving. I’ve seen hundreds of pumpkin recipes lately — lots of new-fangled pumpkiny things. But I’m going to go retro and bake some pumpkin classics that my mom and grandmother used to bake when I was a girl. My favorites, in no particular order, are:
- Pumpkin Cookies w/orange glaze
- Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Bars
- Pumpkin Pie
I’m pretty sure that my family won’t be especially thrilled because they don’t like pumpkin. Except for the cake that calls for just a cake mix and a can of pumpkin – Brian likes that. Maybe I should throw that in the line-up. We’ll see.