Sharing Traditions

November 18, 2009


Yesterday was one of those days that called for cake. You’ve had those days, right? The ones where even really early in the morning, you know that the only way that everyone is going to go to bed with a smile on their faces is if the day ends with something yummy.

My mama always had a very strict policy that her Pumpkin Harvest was not eaten until Thanksgiving Day, so I hadn’t planned on making this cake (or bread, it is hard to know which one to call this) until over the coming weekend.


Having said that, I was never good at patience, and I wanted some Pumpkin Harvest yesterday, not next Thursday. I had been playing around with a few different ways to make gluten free pumpkin bread, which is the base of this yummy treat. I knew that once I got that down, than I could adapt her recipe and make this traditional treat for my boys.

This is really one of the only desserts that I had growing up on Thanksgiving Day. My parents really never liked pie (yeah, I know, I question their sanity as well), and I never remember any other desserts that were made. Once I began cooking for my own family, pies became the predominant dessert on our table, but I think that it is about time that we brought this old favorite back.

Mama’s Pumpkin Harvest

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1 3/4 cups of all purpose GF flour
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (or egg substitute)
3/4 cup pumpkin
3/4 cups of chocolate chips

Mix flour, soda and spices together and set aside. Cream butter and sugar, and then add eggs and beat well. At low speed, add dry ingredients alternating with pumpkin. Stir in chips and nuts. Place in a well greased bread pan, and sprinkle with extra chopped nuts

Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 50-60 minutes

When almost cooled, top with glaze
1/2 cup of confectioners sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon. Blend with 2 tbsp of heavy cream.

* You can easily use any GF all purpose mix of your choosing;
either one that you have created, or that you have purchased. For this recipe, I tested the bread with both Pamela’s all purpose flour, Gluten Free Pantry’s all purpose flour, and a flour mixture of 1 1/4 cups of white rice flour, 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon on xanthum gum. Honestly, they all tasted pretty similar to me.

For those that are not making this GF, simply use 1 3/4 cups of regular flour

Enjoy!

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Hip Mountain Mama November 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm

You've got some seriously lucky kids. I am not a huge cake fan, so my kids don't usually get it….but of course they love it!

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Tonya November 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Oh you are so good to have waited this long to use your pumpkins! We have made lots of pumpkin bread and I have enough left for next week's Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and a couple more breads. your recipe looks delicous!

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Earth Mama November 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I LOVE all these gluten free recipe posts. It's always great to find another gluten free dessert (my favorite!)

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Kyndale November 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm

looks good! I'm hungry now. Thanks for sharing your tradition!

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Chelsea November 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

This looks delicious. Its probably best to spread the sweet treats out over a few days, to celebrate the whole week, rather than fill a single day up to the brim! I'm feeling really thankful for beautiful friends like you who share so many goodies with us all year round. +Chelsea

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Stephanie November 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

This looks so yummy, I may have to try this. We have a favorite in my household… pumpkin roll. It's similar to your bread/cake mixture but it's made very thin and a cream cheese mixture is spread on top and then the whole cake is rolled up. This post is making me wish tomorrow was Thanksgiving!

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larissa November 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I totally agree that you have to begin enjoying your thanksgiving desserts waaay before Thanksgiving – who can eat that much in one day anyhow? We've already eaten 4 pumpkin pies plus a cherry and a chocolate pie in the last two weeks. Thanks of the recipe – pumpkin and chocolate chips sounds divine!

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Shivayamama November 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm

See, now I feel better about all of this :) I need to make some GF pumpkin pies. That is on my list for next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Shivayamama November 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Well, we all have to gather together to find as many good GF recipes as we can :)

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Shivayamama November 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

That is really true. There is nothing worse than a day filled with sugar :)

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Shivayamama November 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Oh that sounds so delicious. You should post that one on your blog :)

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Andrea November 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Oooo, that looks yummy! Being allergic to chocolate however, I think I'll add raisins instead.

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Audra November 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Funny you should mention it, I was just thinking I might be able to make it through this day if I had some chocolate cake! Pumpkin Harvest sounds good too, pumpkin and chocolate chips. Yum!

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AdirondackMama November 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Well now, I'll just have a mug full of that glaze….. thank you very much! YUM. I never would have thought to put cinnamon and nutmeg in it though. Double yum.

PS Eben and Sam JUST grew out of those same Dino jammies. I miss seeing them on a little one.

Hugs.

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Its_Lily November 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm

And you only ate this at Thanksgiving?? Oh my….I never would have been able to wait.

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Gypsy Forest November 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I think we need cake too, yum!

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Susan (Rawmazing) November 18, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Having so much fun watching your beautiful children and remembering the special days when my children were young. They are now in Boulder and Frisco! Thanks for sharing your moments…

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nicola November 19, 2009 at 1:20 am

yum. mama recipes are always good. thank you and her for sharing!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

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maeghan November 19, 2009 at 1:43 am

Whole Foods didn't have Gluten Free Pantry mix so I bought Namaste today. We'll see. I am going to try a bread recipe with it tomorrow!

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renee November 19, 2009 at 2:56 am

We are trying to hold out on the pumpkin pie too, but we did make pumpkin cookies on Halloween.

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Jennifer November 19, 2009 at 3:02 am

This sounds very yummy, and I have a Hubby who I know will adore it. Thanks for sharing the recipe – I'll be making it very soon!

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Emily November 19, 2009 at 4:20 am

Oh – you had me at the word pumpkin, but I swooned a bit when I realized there were chocolate chips in there too! Sounds (and looks) delicious!

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darlene November 19, 2009 at 4:25 am

bless your heart! i really need to find alternatives for my GF daughter who had tears at dinner today when she couldn't have biscuits. will be baking that tomorrow hopefully. are those chocolate chips or carob?

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Louana November 19, 2009 at 6:53 am

this sounds so yummy, I've got to try it. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog too

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imene November 19, 2009 at 1:59 am

You're gonna turn me into a baker very soon with all those yummy recipes.

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5orangepotatoes November 19, 2009 at 2:01 am

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!

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Kyndale November 19, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I am making sugar cookies today!

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wesleyjeanne November 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

This looks so good. I think I'm going to make it this weekend for my family. To heck with Thanksgiving!

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perches November 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm

oh, it looks so delicious. definitely a Must Do for our weekend. thank you, heather!

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Tina November 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Oooooh… I've been wanting a wheat free treat and this fits the bill. It's time to explore the kitchen.

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Shivayamama November 19, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Thank you! This one did come out really well. Let me know what you think of it
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Shivayamama November 19, 2009 at 8:27 pm

You are very welcome. Have a great day!
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Eileen September 26, 2011 at 3:06 am

You mention adding the nuts with the chocolate chips…but no nuts are listed. I am guessing walnuts? Would that be right?

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