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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread | Pale YellowCan we call this sexy pumpkin bread?  Can pumpkin bread be sexy?  Can pumpkin anything be sexy?  Probably not.  However, with the dark background and shadows, this pumpkin bread looks quite seductive.  Pumpkin bread can be quite seductive; the spicy smells, the warmth of a freshly baked loaf, the crunchy top with a soft, tender interior, and most importantly the taste.  It’s all of fall in one fantastic bite.

Pumpkin Bread | Pale YellowHave I convinced you to make a loaf of pumpkin bread yet?  It’s easy enough and is probably my signature recipe.  I rarely make a recipe twice, yet I’ve made this same version, with very few changes, for almost ten years.  TEN YEARS!  I’m not that old, so that means I’ve been making this since I was in college.  My roommates from the B56-era knew autumn was welcomed in with a fresh loaf of pumpkin bread.  The ladies of Butler Street knew it too and now my coworkers have been initiated in the fall pumpkin bread tradition.

Pumpkin Bread | Pale YellowThe bread was polished in a few hours and made our CPR/AED training so much better.  I can now save lives, or as the instructor put it, I can keep you dead, but at least get oxygen to your brain.  True words.  I love that retired NYC firefighters teach teachers how to save lives, it’s a pretty sweet retirement gig.  Maybe I’ll teach people how to bake when I retire; only 25 more years!

Pumpkin Bread | Pale YellowI’ve made you this bread before; it was just in the form of muffins and truffles.  This is the best form – simple and scrumptious.  Since the bread has been consumed and I probably won’t make another loaf until 2015, I suggest you buy a can of pumpkin and make this bread yourself.  You can even buy a little jar of pumpkin pie spice instead of measuring out five individual spices!  Make yourself some sexy bread!

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Pumpkin Bread

Adapted from Pumpkin Bread Muffins via The Healthy College Cookbook, page 136

Yield – 1 loaf (8-10) servings

 

2 eggs

3/4 sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

15 ounce can plain pumpkin

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon allspice

cinnamon-sugar for topping

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F and liberally grease and flour the loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until well combined.  Whisk in the oil, applesauce, and vanilla until mixed together.  Finally, whisk in the pumpkin.
  3. Stir in the powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice until well combined.  Add the flour and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  5. Make the cinnamon-sugar by combining 1/8 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.  Sprinkle liberally over the top of the bread.
  6. Bake for 55-65 minutes until the top is crusty and a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean.
  7. Let cool for about 20 minutes on a wire rack and then remove the bread from the pan.  Allow the bread to completely cool.Pumpkin Bread | Pale Yellow
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Strawberry Rhubarb Ginger Popsicles

strawberry rhubarb popsicles | Pale YellowI made you popsicles.  It’s summer, popsicles are good in the summer! They are cool, crisp, refreshing, and moderately healthy; they are like ice cream without any guilt.  Well at least minimal guilt!  Fruit, a little sugar, a little ginger candy and we’re done.

strawberry rhubarb popsicles | Pale YellowHere is the problem – I still don’t like eating popsicles!  I won’t stop making them, I like popsicles in theory, but whenever I pull one out, I eat a few bites and throw the rest away.  I’m weird.  Just be warned, if you come over this summer I’m going to try and shove a popsicle in your face.

strawberry rhubarb popsicles | Pale YellowStrawberry + rhubarb is a classic combination.  I was looking for inspiration at Whole Foods and saw the beautiful rhubarb and figured I should make something with it; strawberry rhubarb popsicles seemed like a natural pairing for some summer popsicles.  Throw in some candied ginger because I’m a little out control in the bulk section, and we’re done!  The popsicles are fruity, slightly tart and slightly sweet, but totally refreshing.  It’s summer on a stick!

strawberry rhubarb popsicles | Pale YellowTwo Years Ago – Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

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Strawberry Rhubarb Ginger Popsicles
Pale Yellow Original
Yield – 7 popsicles (using this mold)

1/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/3 cups chopped rhubarb
2 cups chopped strawberries
8 pieces candied ginger
juice of 1/2 an orange

  1. Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan, start heating on low.
  2. Chop the rhubarb and strawberries and add the the sugar syrup.  Stir and cook.
  3. Chop the candied ginger and add to mixture on the stove top with the orange juice.  Cook until the rhubarb is soft.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.  Puree with an immersion blender or tool of your choice.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.  You could skip this step if you want a pulpy popsicle, this would probably give you an eighth popsicle too!
  6. Pour into your popsicle molds leaving about 1/2” space at the top.  Cover and add the popsicle sticks.  Freeze.strawberry rhubarb popsicles | Pale Yellow

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Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowEven though there is still another weekend before Christmas, it feels like this is the last bit of time to do EVERYTHING!   Next Saturday I’ll be driving from Brooklyn to Michigan and will lose all that shopping/baking time.  Thank goodness for Amazon Prime!  There was a mad scramble to finish baking all my Christmas cookies and luckily my friend Michelle came over to help me.  Together, we finished all the baking and clean up in record time.

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowRuth and Andrea were surprised someone would come over to bake with me.  Apparently I can be difficult to work with and my roommates don’t appreciate when I offer “suggestions” about their own baking/cooking.  I don’t think I’m that difficult to work with, I just know certain, helpful ways to do things and I want to share those ways with others.  Why wouldn’t you want helpful suggestions?  I don’t understand the problem…

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowAnyway, Michelle and I made some great cookies and she learned many new skills like using a mini food processor and removing the seeds from a vanilla bean.  Plus, she got to take fresh cookies home!  I’ve been the so busy, it was the only time we had to hang out before I go to Michigan for break.  A lovely way to spend an evening with friends!

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowIf you like gingerbread cookies, you’ll love these truffles!  As we all know, cookie dough is 10x better than the fully baked cookie; so it should go without saying cookie dough truffles are fantastic.  These gingerbread truffles have tremendous flavor from the molasses and all the spices.  I adore the strong flavors present here.  A small scoop goes a long way when wrapped up in white chocolate.  Gingerbread cookie dough truffles are an easy to throw together Christmas cookie that would be a delightful addition to any cookie tray.

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowOne Year Ago – Pumpkin Truffles

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Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles
Adapted from Love and Olive Oil
Yield – 25 1-tablespoon truffles

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces white chocolate candy coating

  1. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and molasses in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla and scrape the bowl.
  2. Add in the flour, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.  Mix on low until just combined.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Use a 1-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough.  Roll into little balls and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler.
  5. Dip each truffle in the chocolate and allow to cool on the wax paper.  Once dry, store tightly wrapped in the fridge.Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale Yellow

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Ginger Orange Syrup

orange ginger syrup | pale yellow I’ve had a Soda Stream for about a year and a half now and I mostly use it for plain seltzer or to make soda with the pre-made syrups.  It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that I should be making my own syrups.  No artificial ingredients, the exact flavors I’m craving, and unique ingredients.  It’s fancy cocktail time!!!

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowClearly that has not happened until now.  All of this started with a quest to find square whiskey glasses with giant ice cubes.  A couple of months ago I went to Fort Reno, a fantastic little BBQ joint by my apartment and was blown away by their cocktail list.  I don’t remember exactly what was in my drink but I know it contained bourbon (obviously), root beer, and vanilla bitters.

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowI’m not quite ready to make vanilla bitters, so my first foray into syrup making is filled with familiar flavors – orange and ginger.  The syrup is fresh, bright, and tastes fully of orange and spicy ginger.  Keep the syrup in the fridge ready to add to seltzer or cocktails for whenever you want to add an orange-ginger twist.  I made you TWO drinks today!

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowDrink #1 – Orange Ginger Seltzer – Fill a pint glass with ice and add 1-2 tablespoons of syrup depending on your preference.  Add seltzer to fill the glass and stir with a straw.  Garnish with with an orange slice if desired.  This is a light and refreshing beverage for people of all ages.

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowDrink #2 – Orange Ginger Bourbon – Add one (awesome) giant ice cube to a whiskey glass.  Pour in a shot of your favorite bourbon.  Add 1/2-1 tablespoon of orange-ginger syrup.  Fill the glass with seltzer and use a straw to stir.  Garnish with an orange slice.  This is a delightful beverage for those 21 and over!

However you use your orange-ginger syrup, it’s going to be a good time.

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowOne Year Ago – Eggplant Pizza

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Ginger Orange Syrup
Yield – 6 ounces

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 orange
2 inch piece of ginger

  1. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan.
  2. Peel just the orange part off the orange and add to the saucepan.  Squeeze the juice from the orange into the saucepan.
  3. Peel the ginger and cut into 4 pieces and add to the saucepan as well.  Cook until the mixture simmers and all the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool completely.  Pick out the orange peel and the ginger pieces.
  5. Place the syrup in a small bottle and store in the fridge until you are ready to use.orange ginger syrup | pale yellowIt’s Friday, it’s a holiday weekend.  Make this happen!

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Vegan Carrot Ginger Muffins

Vegan Carrot Muffins | Pale Yellow

The recipe was supposed to be a way to use up all the extra pulp and fiber from juicing.  That’s one of the disadvantages of juicing – all the leftover solid, fruit/veg mix that gets thrown out.  If you’re a composter, you’re fine, lots of wonderful pulp to throw in the compost pile.  I am not a composter; I’ve taken students to a composting center where we looked at indoor composting kits with worms.  For some reason my roommates are against the idea keeping worms in the apartment…

Vegan Carrot Muffins | Pale Yellow

As I was looking for recipes, I struggled to find one that met my needs.  I wanted a recipe that was mostly vegan or at least easily adaptable to vegan and didn’t have too many weird ingredients.  This recipe was close enough.  By substituting the applesauce and grated carrots for my leftover carrot-ginger-pear pulp and using vegetable oil, I had all the ingredients I needed  already in the apartment.

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These are good, super good.  My expectations were a little low, but these exceeded anything I could have dreamed of!  The muffins are amazingly moist, tender and flavorful.  The little bit of fresh ginger shines through like a diamond.  The top is just a bit crunchy from the flax seed.  I ate one everyday for breakfast and these stayed fresh for the whole week.  You would never guess this is vegan or semi-healthy.

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If you’re a fan of carrot cake, I imagine it would be pretty easy to add some raisins, walnuts, and a whipped coconut milk frosting to make these guys into a lovely vegan treat!  I have a vision, it’ll come to fruition one day.  But before I turn a solid breakfast into a dessert, you should make your own muffins, start the day off right!

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Vegan Carrot Ginger Muffins
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Yield – 12

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrot, pear, & fresh ginger **

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.  Line 12 cupcake cups with paper liners and spray the paper liners with cooking spray.  Set aside
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, flax seed, powder, soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk together the maple syrup, oil, water, vanilla, and grated carrot mixture.
  4. Stir the liquids into the dry until just combined.
  5. Portion equally among the 12 muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool on a wire rack and remove the paper liner.
  6. Once cooled, store in an air proof container for up to a week.

** I used the pulp left over from making a carrot, pear, ginger juice.  I used about 6 carrots, 2 pears, & a 1” piece of ginger.  If you don’t have leftover pulp from juice, grate 1 1/2 cups worth of carrot and add 1/3 cup of applesauce.  Grate in fresh ginger if desired, but the fresh ginger gave fantastic flavor!

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Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Juice

carrot apple beet ginger juice // pale yellow

This is the drink I was most concerned about – I didn’t think I would be able to drink beet juice.  I had tried it in the VitaMix and I don’t know, it was just too grassy.  The pureed beet juice was too much to handle, but the juiced beet juice is delightful.

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Fresh ginger is key!  It provides fantastic, sharp flavor and really covers up the grassyness of the beet the juice.  I enjoyed the lack of acidity in this juice, and my stomach definitely appreciated the break.

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The best part of the beet juice is the color!  I wish Essie would make a nail polish called beet juice, I would wear it all the time.  You can see all the beet juice stains on the cutting board!  Again, this is a great make-ahead situation.  Peeling beets is messy and your hands will be all pink.  Bite the bullet and peel them all at once for the week.  While you have the peeler out, you might as well handle all the carrots.  Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later when you just grab a bag of prepared veggies out of the fridge and juice away in seconds!

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One Year Ago – Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate and Caramel

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Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Juice
Adapted from Juice 101Yield – 1 16-ounce serving

3-4 carrots, peeled
2 beets, peeled
4 stalks celery
1 red apple
1 inch piece of ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice

  1. Peel the beets and carrots and roughly chop the beets, carrots, celery, apple, and ginger.
  2. Place everything in the juice and juice.
  3. Add the lemon juice and stir.  Drink immediately or store in the fridge.

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Gingerbread Cupakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes // Pale Yellow

One year ago I made some cupcakes for Stacey’s birthday.  I took some pictures of the cupcakes and typed up the recipe.  Then I put the pictures, some words, and the recipe together to form a blog post.  Finally I hit publish.  I clearly have not become rich and famous from this blog, but I have been having a whole lot of fun!

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Sometime this month I will do a proper first birthday for the blog, but I have a bit of baking burnout from the holiday baking season.  There is still a backlog of recipes to type up, photos to edit, and posts to write.  Gingerbread maybe slightly out of season, but who cares?  I can do what I want!

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These little cupcakes had a great flavor but I prefer a lighter density when eating cupcakes.  The gingerbread felt more like a bread than a cupcake.  However, the frosting was super fun!  The creamy, whipped frosting was perfect on this dense cake.  The hint of white chocolate flavor paired nicely with the spicy cinnamon and ginger.

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One Year Ago – Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

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Gingerbread Cupcakes
Adapted from Cookies & Cups
Yield – 24 mini cupcakes

1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1/2 cup hot water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line mini cupcake tins with liners.
  2. Sift together the flour, powder, soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt onto wax paper.
  3. Beat together the butter, sugar, and molasses until light and cream.  Beat in the egg until well combined.
  4. On low, beat in the dry ingredients and hot water in alternative batches.
  5. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough into cupcake liners.
  6. Bake for 12 minute or until a knife inserted inside comes out clean.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 box (3.5 ounces) white chocolate instant pudding
2/3 cup cold milk
4-6 ounces thawed Cool Whip

  1. Cream the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the milk and instant pudding.  Beat until well combined and scrape the bowl as needed.
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Pipe on top of the cupcakes.Gingerbread Cupcakes // Pale Yellow

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