Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pumpkin Potpourri Week ~ Tea for Two-sday

Oh, yes - I still had to have Tea for Two-sday! The pumpkin theme didn't stop me!

Welcome back to Pumpkin Potpourri Week! Did you enjoy the first day with all the giveaways and the yummy pumpkin blueberry muffin recipe? Thank you so much for spreading the word - it's becoming a pumpkin party!

We'll get to the fact and the recipe, but first I want to share some pumpkin tea with you. Here is a tin of it that I found at World Market (Cost Plus). It's Zhena's Gypsy Tea Pumpkin Spice - they had me at pumpkin. It's a caffeine-free Rooibos blended with spices and vanilla. As expected with a red tea, it's very mild and smooth. The spices are a very subtle after-flavor - nice and mellow. I LOVE the color - a lovely red-orange!

Sit down, have a cup, and let's talk pumpkin!

Pumpkin Fact of the Day
*** Pumpkins are 90% water. ***

Who knew? Does that mean that pumpkin treats can count toward my daily water intake?

Well, you have to have something to eat with your tea. I think some pumpkin bread would go nicely with it. This is my favorite pumpkin bread. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law years ago. SO moist! It makes 2 large loaves or 3 small loaves at once. It's also really good for making mini loaves and giving as gifts, though I have some friends that prefer getting the full-size loaves as gifts...right?!

Pumpkin Bread
3 cups sugar
1 small can pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup oil
2/3 cup water
3-1/2 cups flour
Mix with flour:
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
(I use heaping teaspoons of the last 3)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour loaf pans (2 large or 3 small).

Mix the flour and last 7 ingredients together. Mix the rest up and combine it all in whatever way you think is best! I've tried a few ways - not sure that it really matters. Pour into loaf pans.

Bake for 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours. If you are doing 2 pans, start checking after 1 hour. I check every 5 minutes after that. Once a pick inserted in middle comes out clean, it's done. I think the key is to pull it out the MOMENT the pick first comes out clean. This gives the moistest bread without being raw in the middle. If you make smaller loaves, the time will be less.

Cool for a bit in pans on wire racks and then take loaves out to cool the rest of the way.

Now try to make yourself give the second loaf away or freeze it. And I dare you to eat just one slice of the stuff.

If you really must have a lower-calorie pumpkin bread recipe, I just posted one on my other blog.

Don't forget the giveaways and come back tomorrow for more pumpkin fun!


  1. That tea looks really good. I love a nice cup of tea. I'm going to post about this right now before the week is over lol.
    Blessings my friend.

  2. Ok. I posted about it on my blog! I hope you get a lot of people. Yet the more people the less chances of me winning.*sigh*. LOL! I think that tea should go in a giveaway. That looks good.

  3. Yummy! I am having a mommy and me princess tea party for my little girl in November and that tea would be Perfect! I hope I can find something similar. I think I will make the pumpkin bread as well instead of scones. Thanks!

  4. Can you please just come over and cook with me? :)

  5. Pupmkin Tea... Sounds Heavenly! And the bread looks divine! I have a recipe for Pumpkin-Banana Bread! I'll have to see if I can find it and post it this week! ;-)
    P.S. I'm linking ya...

  6. I LOVE PUMPKIN BREAD. I will fix this one especially since moving I can't find MY cookbook. Your bread looks easy, and yummy. Your week is going GREAT. Congrats.

  7. What a fun little week you got going on!

    And pumpkin bread IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!

  8. I guess I should of peeked at your post today, cuz I posted about pumpkin bread too! I guess you can't have too much pumpkin bread? LOL I'll have to look for the tea, sounds delightful!

  9. Lisa, Great recipe! I am enjoying your pumpkin week! Didn't know that pumpkins were 90% water! I'll see you tomorrow! ~Rhonda :)

  10. I have to agree with the post above, you can't have too much pumpkin bread! I always buy the BIG can of pumpkin and make tons of bread at a time. If I tell my mother I've made bread, I can be sure there will be a knock at my door shortly. It is such a blessing to have delicious treats to share.

  11. Great recipes!! THanks for sharing!!

  12. You are so creative! What a good idea...Pumpkin Potpourri Week. I am looking forward to all the yummy recipes...thanks, Lisa!

  13. Oops sorry, i put my pumpkin bread recipe up on Mr. Linky before i saw you had already put one up! I'll have to try this recipe out! I love pumpkin bread!

  14. Oooh I'm gonna try this pumpkin bread recipe. Thanks again!

  15. That tea looks and sounds amazing! We have a World Market in a nearby town -- I'll have to look for it!

  16. Can't wait to try the pumpkin bread! Thanks.

  17. Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere!
    Pies and cakes galore,
    I love all the recipes.
    What else could be in store?

  18. We love warm pumpkin bread! Yum. I will pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds and then put a bit of butter on it. Yummmmy! This is why I only make pumpkin bread once in awhile.
    Tip: To keep my bread moist while cooling I spread a very fine layer of butter across the top and hen put foil over it, leaving it in the pan until cool.

  19. Yum!! I'll have to try this recipe. I'm sure it is sooo much better than the premade WalMart kind!!LOL

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents


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