I lie, I have no method it’s usually on a whim and I make up all sorts of excuses why I need a new baking book. In all honesty I really probably never need another baking book ever. I have so many books with so much I want to bake that it is silly to even add to my collection. Not that it ever stops me as after I read this one I bought Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented by the same authors. I have no restraint. My thoughts on that one will come at a later day!
But back to this book what can I say that hasn't already been said? It’s been out for a while now (late 2008) All I know is that it will make you hungry. The design is very retro and perfect for a bakery that is run by two men. There are quite a few recipes ear marked for later baking. One that will be coming up soon! I can’t have America’s Test Kitchen and the Today Show claiming they have the best brownie recipe without trying it out!
I am surprised at myself for not having made the brownies first, but I had everything in my cupboard to make the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf:Makes 2 (9x5x3in) loaves:
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground ginger (optional)
2 tsp baking soda (baking powder)
2 tsp salt
1 ¾ cups (one 15oz can) pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups (12oz) semisweet chocolate chips