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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

The kids are back in school and Labor Day has passed us.  It’s time to start thinking about pumpkin!  I love pumpkin bread, cookies, pies etc.   I have been scoping out my pumpkin recipes for months now.   So with Labor Day behind us, I thought I would feature my first pumpkin recipe of the fall.   This bread is so easy to make and is so good.  I promise you will just love the taste of this bread.  My youngest son, who is also a pumpkin lover, gave it a thumbs up!  That is hard to get from him 🙂

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Yields 1 loaf

Recipe from Delishhh Blog


1 3/4 cups unbleached flour (you may substitute up to 3/4 cup whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour one 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt and spices. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined. Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin, mixing well between each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes, until loaf feels firm and springy when pressed in the center and a tester inserted comes out clean (except for melted chocolate chips). Cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. To prepare glaze, sift powdered sugar with nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add milk until mixture is thin enough to drizzle. Pour glaze over cool bread. Bread will keep well wrapped at room temperature for two days, in the refrigerator for five days, or in the freezer for up to four months.

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The American Baking Competition ReviewLast night was week 5 and with only 6 bakers left competition is getting tough.   This week the focus was on desserts.  The signature bake is eight individual custards – they can be sweet or savory.   Custard can be tricky because the eggs can curdle if you add them to the hot liquid too quickly.   A couple of the bakers had trouble with the custard; Effie’s is far undercooked, Francine’s is eggy and grainy, Elaine’s eggs curdled a bit and Brian’s is overcooked.   Darlene and James do really well on the custards.

Next is the technical bake and the bakers are asked to bake a “perfect” chocolate soufflé.  This is one task I would not want to tackle.  I have never made a soufflé before and I hear many things can go wrong when making a soufflé.   Brian, of course, thinks the judges have the amount of ingredients wrong and changes the amounts.   You can guess what happens…his is a flop! Literally!  Does Brian really think he is that great?  He really gets on my nerves.

Effie – who started out really well during the competition – appears to be deflating. She somehow managed to forget the sugar in her soufflé. She decides to just go ahead and serve the soufflé under baked because she knows it’s bad.   The remaining four bakers do very well on the soufflé’ and James (who never had baked a soufflé’) wins the technical bake.  Yea James!

On to the show stopping bake.  Keeping with the egg theme, they need to make layered desserts using meringue as a major component. Effie is determined to not give up and vows to keep in mind why she loves baking.

Effie is redeemed with her beautiful cake with simple hazelnut flavor. Francine’s is a mess and she blames Brian because he kept their shared fridge open while he decides to decorate his cake.  I told you Brian was annoying!  Luckily for Francine the judges love the favors of her cake and they hate Brian’s cake.  James falls apart on the showstopper and presents a mess of a cake.

Star baker went to Darlene again!  I think she just might win this competition.  The judges are down to Brian and Effie to send home.  I personally would have chose Brian but unfortunately the judges send home Effie because her custard and soufflé’ were both under baked.  I hate to see Effie go home.

Who do you think will be the next baker sent home?  Will it be Brian?  Who is your favorite baker to win?

Until next week, Happy Baking!

The American Baking Competition Review

It was week four in the American Baking Competition.  We are down to only seven bakers.   This was my favorite of all weeks because it was all about Bread.   Host Paul Hollywood is known for his breads.  So I was excited to see and hear his recipes.

Bread is pretty finicky due to environmental factors and the quality of ingredients.   If you have ever made bread at home you know that sometimes the yeast rises and sometimes it doesn’t.   It is very easy to kill the yeast.  I have been there done that 🙂

Remember the bakers have to complete three bakes: signature bake (something they make at home all the time), technical challenge and the final show stopper bake.

Most of the bakers do really well in the signature bake although both Kolette and (surprisingly) Effie’s breads are under baked.  Effie is one of the stronger bakers in my opinion but it just goes to show you how finicky bread can be to make.

In the technical bake, they made soft pretzels!  If you read my blog you know that my family should have been on the panel for tasting the technical bake.   We LOVE pretzels!  What shocked me was that a couple of the bakers forgot what shape a pretzel is…really?  I see and make so many that it’s engraved in my head permanently.   A lot of the bakers had trouble with the boiling process too.   Many over boiled the pretzels but Darlene did a great job and won the technical bake.

The show stopper is, of course, croissants! Laminated dough is pretty time-consuming, so they get two hours one day and three hours the next. They fold and fold and fold dough into the darkness, each of them waxing poetic about their fate thanks to how they did on the previous challenges.  Elaine (who has been star baker two weeks in a row) put her dough in the freezer instead of the fridge, which might be disaster. Kolette put in twice as much butter for her dough, and the croissants become an oozy mess.  At this point I know Kolette is going home and she did.   Darlene won Star Baker for the week because she did so well on all three challenges.

Is anyone else getting annoyed with Brian?  He definitely is my least favorite on the show.  Why you ask?

Brian complains about the mixer bowl (a gorgeous glass KichenAid bowl, by the way) and then in his home interview tells us how great he is at exercising. Then he goes a step further by trying to appeal to the judges for Star Baker.   He thinks all of bakes are the best and truthfully nothing he has made has really appealed to me.

Who’s your favorite baker?  Who do you think the final two will be?  Did you know that American Baking Competition won its time period last night with 5.8 million viewers

About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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