Sunday, November 12, 2006

Adaptation: Pumpkin-Walnut Bread


If you have not seen it already, I highly recommend seeing the movie Adaptation. Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, and Nicholas Cage are in it, which tells the quality of the film. And I just realized that Spike Jonze directed it. Long story short, this movie shows the painstaking process of adapting a book into a screenplay.

About now you are probably saying to yourself, "Anali, what does that movie have to do with this tantalizing bread that I'm feasting my eyes upon?"

Well, a lot more than you might think. I wanted to make something with pumpkin tonight, so searched for some recipes. I found this muffin recipe on epicurious.com and adapted it.

A couple of the changes were because I realized I didn't have some ingredients in the house. Usually I always have molasses on hand and I thought I had purchased some cloves. Unfortunatley, when I looked in my cabinets and spice rack, they were not there, so I added some more pumpkin to make up for the moisture of the molasses and more sugar to substitute for the sweetness. I added more of the other spices to compensate for the lack of cloves.

I used brown whole-wheat flour instead of white. I don't buy regular milk or buttermilk, I use vanilla rice milk. I increased the amount of milk to add some additional moisture because of the wheat flour. I added a little bit of baking powder* to make up for the denseness of the flour. I was a little nervous with this change, because I was messing with the science, which can cause problems with baking.

And I decided that I didn't want muffins, but would prefer a loaf, so I changed the cooking time to 50 minutes. I'm happy to report that the changes worked! This bread is pretty good. I randomly bought dates and walnuts yesterday, so the recipe wasn't as far off as it could have been. The dates added some nice sweetness and texture that I found quite pleasant. I probably could have used raisins instead, but I like dates, in both senses of the word. And with that, let me share with you my newly adapted recipe.

Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup vanilla rice milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Melt butter and combine all ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.


* I just realized that I read part of the original recipe wrong. There was supposed to be 1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder. I completely missed seeing that before. So my adding what I thought was extra baking powder is probably what saved this recipe from being a disaster. Whew!


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10 comments:

vasilisa said...

This looks so yummy! There is something so comforting about baking bread, isn't there? Especially this time of year. And yours looks fantastic!

PS: Thanks for the link! Linking right back :-)

avila said...

i read all the comments on Adaptation and tomorow i'm going to get one. Thanks for the link.

and Pumpkin-walnut bread, is something i will learn to bake for christmas =D

Anali said...

vasilisa - Comforting is the perfect way to describe it. It is that exactly. Thank you!

avila - I think you'll really like the movie and the bread will be great for Christmas!

Anne Bucoy said...

i never like anything tat goes with pumpkin, but this bread looks tasty....maybe i should change my mind ;)

samuru999 said...

Hi Anali
Thanks for this recipe...
I am going to make it!
It looks so YUMMY!

Take care!

Margie:)

Jeff said...

Anali, that looks TOO damn good!

Lotus Reads said...

Mmmmmmmm, Anali, this bread really does look delicious! Funnily enough, I made Banana Nut bread yesterday and it was such a hit with my normally hard-to-please children that I resolved to try making a variety of breads for their teatime snack - your pumpkin bread recipe will come in very handy, thanks!

Dotm said...

Pumpkin-walnu bad, it sounds delicious.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Dezel said...

Hi Anali,

That looks yummy; like I said # 3 of the Wonder Years, really paid off for you!

Keep up the good work : )

Dezel

Anali said...

anne bucoy - I think you might be pleasantly surprised with the taste of pumpkin!

samuru999 - You're welcome Margie! Tell me how it comes out!

jeff - Thank you!

lotus reads - Good timing! I hope they will like it and you too!

dotm - You're quite welcome!

dezel - Awwww... Thanks! : )

 
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