Pumpkin Spice Babka

This is just a simple sweet yeastbread filled with pumpkin and spices and glazed generously with spiced maple syrup. I just love the smell and taste of this. I usually make babkas (Nussstriezel) filled with ground hazelnuts or almonds, I was surprised how good it was with a pumpkin filling.

Nothing complicated for the filling, just pumpkin puree sweetened with coconut sugar, spiced it up with cinnamon and pumpkin spice mix. For the dough I used my sweet yeastbread recipe that you can find here: Almond Croissants just changed the flour ingredients to 200 g unbleached all-purpose flour and 100 g spelt flour and spiced it up a bit by adding 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cinnamon:)

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Pumpkin Spice Babka

Dough:

 

Pumpkin Spice filling:

  • 200 g pumpkin puree, (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix

Spiced Maple Syrup Glaze

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix

-Prepare dough in advance, it needs at least 1 hour to rise. In the meanwhile prepare your pumpkin filling by mixing together pumpkin puree, coconut sugar and spices.

-Whisk together maple syrup, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice mix, set aside.

-Line a loaf pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper

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-When doubled in size, roll out dough into a rectangular shape. Then spread pumpkin filling evenly all over. Start rolling dough up from the longest side, like you would for a cinnamon bun and gently pinch ends together. Cut log lengthwise in half so filling is exposed, pinch one end. Twist both pieces, pinch the other end to secure.

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-Place in prepared loaf pan or baking sheet. Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.

-Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven for 40 minutes.

-About 25 minute into baking brush some of the syrup onto babka. Bake until golden brown. Remove from stove and brush with remaining syrup. Let cool before cutting.

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–Make sure your spice mixes are not old, it looses its flavor over time.–

 

Wishing everyone a happy weekend and to all my Canadian friends a happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pumpkin-Chocolate-Muffins

Living in the Country is just so beautiful! I love seeing all the animals and be able to spend a lot of time in my garden. It is just so relaxing. Besides my beloved flowers I have a large herb garden, different berries, two apple trees and our vegetable garden. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is very rewarding and healthy and good exercise;)

 

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Pumpkins are a good source of vitamins like beta-carotene and contain lots of minerals. I really like muffins and I just had to try this recipe out. Years ago I received this little recipe book from my niece who lives in Quebec. It contains recipes from class mates at her school. I am using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, less sugar and part whole wheat flour. Delicious!

 

Pumpkin-Chocolate-Muffins

  • 4               eggs
  • 1cup        pure cane sugar
  • 2cups      pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2cup  coconut oil
  • 1 1/2cup  whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2cup  unbleached white flour
  • 2tsp         baking soda
  • 2tsp         baking powder
  • 1tsp          cinnamon
  • 1tsp          sea salt
  • 2cups       dark chocolate(chopped) or semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

-In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Add coconut oil and pumpkin puree, mix until smooth.

-Combine whole wheat and white flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

-Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.

-Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full.

-Bake at 350F/180C for 15-20 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean.

-Yield:24

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Happy baking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin-Oat-Squares

I have always been interested in other countries-their people, traditions and of course food. Every Country has its unique specialities. I grew up in Switzerland where there are lots of specialities that are specific to certain regions. Also the influence of neighboring countries making it very interesting. And that given the small size of Switzerland.

Used to Swiss and mostly European foods it was very adventurous coming to Canada and trying out new things that I have never seen before! Also I should say, just the size of my new home country was an adventure alone!

Take a simple Muffin, or a Cupcake-I actually never had or seen one as a child! It is funny to see that now there are Cupcake Shops in Switzerland!

As it is getting closer to December I will be thinking of Christmas Cookies. But I am not ready for that. I felt more like Pumpkin than Gingerbread.

Usually Oat-Squares are filled with Fruit fillings but I had some Pumpkin puree left so I changed things up a bit.

Oat Mix

  • 1cup         unbleached white flour
  • 1 1/2cup  oats
  • 1/2cup     coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2cup     pure cane sugar
  • 1/4cup     honey

Pumpkin filling

  • 2cups     pumpkin puree
  • 1/2cup    maple syrup
  • 1/4cup    coconut milk
  • 1tsp         cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp     nutmeg

Mix together flour, oats, melted coconut oil, cane sugar and honey. Put half into the bottom of a greased square pan, pat it down firmly.

In a small saucepan, warm up pumpkin puree, maple syrup and coconut milk. Remove from heat and add cinnamon and nutmeg.

Pour filling over crust and cover with the remaining oat mixture.

Bake at 350F/180C for about 40 minutes or golden brown.

 

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Enjoy!