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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Was That A Witch?

that glare in the window is the sun strating to set out here in california last night in my kitchen ...
i may have mentioned this before, but this TARTINE cookbook is one of my favorites. TARTINE is a wonderful bakery up the road a ways in San Francisco.

I have been making their pumpkin tea bread alot this fall. i made some late yesterday to take to teddy's groomer today. teddy is at The Golden Paw right now getting all ready for Halloween...

i added some candy corn and this little rat to make it a little more Halloween-ey...

the bread is easy to make...and it smells so good baking in the kitchen.

i just had to show you this...it borders on vintage. i have had it for so long...it is a witches cauldron and when you plug it in...the white material "flames up". i really can't beleive it still works. i got it at michaels about a zillion years ago. and i still love it. it just wouldn't be halloween around here without the "cauldron".
Pumpkin Tea Cake
adapted from :Tartine
serves 6 to 8
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cinnamon ( this seemed like alot, but it works )
2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoon Pumpkin puree ( not pie filling )
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups white sugar
3/4 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs
2 Tablespoons white sugar for topping
my own addition is 1 cup chopped walnuts
In a bowl mix pumpkin puree, oil, sugar,and salt with a mixer
Add eggs one at a time mixing well
Scrape down sides and add flour, baking powder, baking soda cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. add walnuts, if desired
Do not over mix or you will end up with a coarse, tough crumb
Transfer the batter to a buttered 9 by 5 loaf pan ( i know they call it a tea cake, but they make it in a loaf pan ) Smooth the top with an offset spatula and sprinkle with the sugar.
Bake about an hour. I check it at one hour and i always need to let it go another 10 mintues or so or till a toothpick comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes then remove and let cool on a wire rack
Serve at room temperature
Because this cake is not too sweet, a dollop of sweetened whipped cream is nice and you can sprinkle the cream with some raw pepitas ( hulled pumpkin seeds ) for extra crunch.


  1. OMG this sounds great. I love pumpkin bread. I don't know about that rat though.

  2. I could bake that. Tart shells no, pumpkin bread, yes.

    I'll let you know how it turns out.

    xo Jane

  3. Fall brings out the baker in everyone. It's so much fun reading all these wonderful recipes. Your pumpkin tea cake looks delicious, I can almost smell the spices. There is nothing like a clean smelling dog. Bella rolled in some foul smelling thing on our lawn and had to have a bath in the driveway. Have a wonderful night!!

  4. Just wondering...will Teddy be wearing a costume for Halloween? The pumpkin tea bread sounds and looks delicious, and that cauldron is too cute.

  5. Mmm... that pumpkin tea cake sounds delicious. So excited for Halloween! ♥

  6. That sounds SO good! I may just have to try my hand at baking :)

  7. The pumpkin tea cake looks fabulous! I'd love to have a piece of it with my coffee tomorrow morning. :)

  8. I saved this recipe, thanks Kary, It looks delicious and perfect with tea.

  9. Hey,

    That cauldron looks very familiar.
    I bet Teddy would like to help stir it up on All Hallows Eve,
    Go Teddy!
    donkey in the pumpkin pines

  10. I was just looking for a new pumpkin bread recipe for Sunday School class this week. This is it. Thanks so much. Teddy will be beautiful when he comes home. I'm sure you have homemade doggie treats ready.

  11. haha...i forgot to ask you if you were dressing lil' teddy up? big teddy is going as is!!! the bread looks great!

  12. I love the little rat on the plate. Nice touch!! Also the cauldron. My daughter would love that.

  13. Funny....I was just getting ready to make some pumpkin bread myself! Thank you for sharing the yummy photos of your recipe....

  14. The pumpkin bread looks so good!

    Love the cauldron, obviously it was well made. Lucky for you!

    Teddy Sweet Face will be all "beautimus" when he returns from the groomer. :)

    sending love, magnolia

  15. Oh that bread looks yummy!
    And I have that exact same caudron but I bought it a couple years ago. It still works really well. We have a wonderful misting cauldron too. I just love cauldrons. :)

  16. Hi Kary, that pumpkin tea bread looks super good. I love the idea of some whipped cream on top :)

  17. Hi Kary,
    gee, where have i been? i missed your halloween party and teddys grooming day, such a sweet pic.

    Thank you for the yummy recipe,It looks like your all ready for the big day, enjoy!

    Happy Halloween!
    ♥ lori

  18. I think I'd put butter on the pumpkin bread. It looks lovely!

  19. I took some pumpkin out of the freezer yesterday to make this recipe. I can only hope it will turn out as nice as yours.

  20. That bread looks awfully tasty! I love your cauldron, my friend.


  21. Kary, that sounds absolutely wonderful. I'm off to a forensic nursing conference in Napa, leaving Monday...will have to bake one to take along.

  22. Oooh...yummy bread and I have all the ingredients in my pantry! I'm trying this!

    Happy Halloween!

  23. Your pumpkin bread looks delicious! Blog world is just filled with great pumpkin recipes! I wish I had the time to cook all of them! Funny, Duke was at Pampered Paws yesterday! He's already for Halloween also! LOL!!

  24. Thanks for sharing that yummy recipe!! I love all vintage decorations! My old light up pumpkin still works too! ;)

  25. the bread sounds delicious -- I've been meaning to make some pumpkin bread and I might just try your recipe!

  26. YUM! I have to make something in the new mini lodge cast iron cauldrons I just got from my best friend (yes I like to spell it out)
    You have just inspired me! Thanks!

    Cheddar could use a grooming...

  27. Pumpkin tea cake! YUM! The weather outside is perfect for a slice of that!

  28. It's good to be home dear friend Kary! I have Tartine too!! Dawn sent it to me, bless her. I'll make this tomorrow for the coffee shop. Have a perfect Hallowe'en...Alice will be on her broomstick, I'll send her over to bewitch Teddy!! Love to you xoxo Alice & Me

  29. yummmmmmy.
    Happy Halllllooooweeeeeeeeeen.

  30. looks yummy.
    Happy Halllooooween.

  31. Love the vintage Halloween goodies.

    Happy Boo to you!


  32. yummy looking bread! I love 'all things pumpkin!' Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Happy Halloween! I have enjoyed reading your posts. I have to say we do not celebrate it as much as you do in the states..!
    Your handsome dog Teddy is lovely...I can appreciate how they bring such joy (I am the same with our boy Rufus!)

  34. Bread looks great ...not sure about the white visitor on the plate!!!

  35. I'm sure Teddy looked lovely. Hope you had a happy halloween, we were on the road and missed the day.

  36. this looks great....i've been craving pumpkin these last few weeks. in canada thanksgiving was in the middle of october and i didn't make it home for mom's pumpkin pie...i must make up for it now! i just bought pumpkin puree at the grocery store tonight and hope that tomorrow i'll find time for this sweet treat!
    belly rubs for teddy xo.

  37. The bread looks delicious; I love bread in just about every form. For supper last night I made corn bread and had it with milk, as cereal, for breakfast today.

  38. hahaha i love that cauldron! i hope you guys had a wonderfully spooky halloween! kisses to you & teddy

    steph & rox

  39. YuuuMMM! I love anything with pumpkin.

  40. Sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. I hope you are all better soon. We are heading up to Cambria next week to have some friends come stay with us. Can't wait to get there. Feel better!!

  41. I am loving the pumpkin tea bread-wow. i enjoy pumpkin all year.

    Happy belated Halloween to you.


  42. The pumpkin tea bread sounds yummy. I will try it! Hope your Halloween was happy!

  43. Hi ~ I just came over from Betsy, as your title interested me! We lived 27 years in Northern CA and I had a large country kitchen, that I adored... After we retired and move to Southern CA to be close to the children and grandchildren we moved into a very cute, but small cottage style home. No big country kitchen, no dinning room, a cute breakfast nook in the small kitchen, but I've learned to love it just as much.

    I will certainly try your pumpkin tea bread, as I've been making Persimmon Bread all week as we were give a lot of Persimmons.

    I posted pictures of making it a few days ago. I will save you as a favorite, as I know I will enjoy your blog.

  44. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. YOUR blog is a lovely place! Oh my...and the Pumpkin Tea Bread looks divine!

  45. mmm that looks so delicious!!
    greetings from Barcelona.


  46. I just found your blog and love it! I met one of my best friends via this recipe and delicious pumpkin bread!

  47. Thank you so much for your visit and I am so happy to have found your blog because of it! David Lebovitz just did gave a nod to Tartine also in his latest Brown Bread Ice Cream post.

    Can't wait to browse around here some more. I'm your newest follower ;)


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