Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin bread

When I think of quintessential fall flavors, four always come to mind  Рapples, cinnamon, chocolate and, of course, pumpkin!

I have not always been a fan of pumpkin. It’s not that I disliked PSL (pumpkin spice lattes) or pumpkin pie, I just never chose it when given other options. However, I eventually fell for the ubiquitous fall treat. Even as I type this post, I’m sipping on pumpkin flavored coffee.

This week, I made pumpkin bread for my colleagues who love pumpkin flavored food and for those who are open to being pumpkin converts like me. Once Upon a Chef had a simply but seemingly flavorful pumpkin loaf recipe. I loved how it called for a whole can of pumpkin and a good helping of spices.

Following the recipe as written, I made the wet dough before pouring it into a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Since the dough is roughly half pumpkin puree, I let it bake in the oven for roughly 75 minutes. I confirmed it was done with the toothpick check before taking it out of the oven to cool.

The bread had a vibrant burnt orange color, it was extremely moist, and smelled so yummy.

What’s your favorite fall treat?



Would You Like S’more?

When I first moved to DC, I distinctly remember being giddy about the gas stove in my new apartment. Why? I could make s’mores! In my first grocery haul, I made sure to include jumbo marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey’s chocolate bars. It was the best first snack to break in the stove.

Lately, I’ve been craving these sweet sandwiches. Instead of the traditional s’mores, I decided to make s’more brownies so I could share them with friends. It was my first time making them, and it was so easy to do. They¬†were also ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.


Take any box brownie mix and prepare it according to the instructions. After baking the brownies, take them out of the oven. Turn the oven to broil and move the rack up towards the top shelf. Cover the brownies with about 2 cups of mini marshmallows. Then sprinkle crushed graham crackers and chocolate chips to give the topping color and a crunchy texture. Broil the dish for roughly 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are slightly toasted. Enjoy!