I’m not sure of the provenance of this recipe originally. If I can find out, I’ll give credit or a link back to the original. In the meantime, do warm-up your autumn tastebuds for a quintessential “pumpkin” recipe. You will find these so-called brownies to be moist and pumpkin-y but not so sweet as to make you gag like so much of the oft-overdone pumpkin spice goodies these days. That being said, it can be easy to over indulge if these little beauties are cut into bite-sized pieces. You just pop them in your mouth, one after the other, until the entire plate is empty. I’m not speaking from experience–wink wink!
Seriously, we served these last Saturday at the store and they were a big hit even for folks who are not necessarily pumpkin fans. We dolled ours up with some jimmies that you can purchase in the store. For an even jazzier presentation, we have sprinkle assortments featuring either Halloween themed sprinkles or autumn-themed sprinkles. In the meantime, here’s the recipe for you to try at home. Maybe you can share it with your co-workers, or take some to your bank, or send some to your child’s class, or just eat them all when no-one is looking…
Primo Pumpkin Brownies
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8" square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease the pan with butter.
Beat brown sugar, butter, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the egg; beat until fluffy. Add the flour, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt; beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in toffee bits. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan set upon a wire rack.
Prepare the frosting and spread over the cooled brownies.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Heat 2 tbsp whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling - remove from heat.
- Add 4 oz chopped white chocolate; stir until completely melted. Cool slightly.
- Beat 6 oz softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup powdered sugar (sifted) in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for about 1 minute or until fluffy.
- Add white chocolate mixture; beat until smooth.
* A substitute for pumpkin pie spice:
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the staple in home cooking as they are easy to prepare and delicious to consume. Whether you choose to eat them with sweet condiments or savory condiments, you’ll find that a good pancake recipe can be one of the most versatile for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We’ve chosen this recipe from Martha Stewart’s collection. It is a tried and true, never-fail buttermilk pancake recipe that will serve you well for many years. See the original post here.
Did you know that pancakes have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years? Apparently, Otzi the Iceman had remnants of ‘pancakes’ in his stomach when he was discovered in the Italian Alps about 5300 years after he died. You can read about him (and pancakes) here on the National Geographic website. At least when he died, he’d just enjoyed a hearty meal!
Apparently, buttermilk has a long history, too. And the buttermilk you buy in the store today doesn’t necessarily resemble the buttermilk (from actually churning sweet cream into butter) from yesteryear. The acidity in today’s “cultured” buttermilk works with the baking soda to give a lighter texture to your pancake (or any baked goods). You can read more about it here.
We hope you’ll try (and enjoy) this recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart. Let us know in the comments below how you like your pancakes. Sweet? Savory? Fluffy? Thin? Tiny? Huge? The variations are unlimited.
NOTE: This recipe calls for salt. We have several varieties of salt at The Kitchen Company. We also have just the right pancake flipper, ladle, and measure cup or spoon. We even have pancake dispensers for those who really, REALLY like to have uniform pancakes! Come by and see – we’ll be waiting for you!
The key to light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes from scratch? Don't overmix the batter—it should have small to medium lumps. Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1998
Heat griddle to 375 degrees f. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, and 4 tbsp melted butter; whisk to combine. Do not overmix. Batter should have small to medium lumps
Heat oven to 175 degrees f. Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off the griddle, it is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining 1/2 tsp butter onto the griddle. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.
Using a 4-ounce ladle (about 1/2 cup) pour pancake batter in pools two inches away from one another. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges (about 2 1/2 minutes) flip over. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes.
Repeat with remaining batter, keeping finished pancakes on a heat-proof plate in the oven. Serve with your favorite condiments.
These pancakes are from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food (2006) and are an easy recipe for pancakes any day (or night) of the week. Pancakes from scratch are a fabulous recipe to begin teaching children the basics of cooking. They don’t have a lot of ingredients but you’ll use your measuring cups, measuring spoons, and mixing bowls so the kids will learn the different measurements and how to get just what you need for the recipe. You’ll also be using basic cooking utensils such as a mixing spoon, whisk, and perhaps a ladle. Always supervise the cooking as the skillet is hot! When the pancakes are done, enjoy sharing them with your little cooks and watch how proud they are when they present you with a nice stack of heaven.
Easy Basic Pancakes
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees f; have a baking sheet or heat-proof platter ready to keep the cooked pancakes warm in the oven. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).
Heat a large skillet or griddle (non-stick or cast iron) over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half and moisten with oil; carefully rub the skillet with oiled paper towel.
For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto the skillet, using the back of the sppon to spread batter into a round (you should be able to fit 2 to 3 in a large skillet)
Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. If they are burning before the bubbles appear, turn the heat down a bit. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in the oven. Continue with more oil and the remaining batter. You should have 12 to 15 pancakes. Serve warm with your favorite toppings.
This Pear-Spice Bundt Cake recipe is courtesy of Martha Stewart and can be found in her baking cookbook in our store. For those of you who have been in the store on any given Saturday, you know that we nearly always provide a sweet goodie and fresh coffee for our visitors. We either make something from scratch or purchase freshly baked goods from our local grower’s market. Over the years, we’ve served this cake in the store several times because we’ve found it to be a reliable, easy-to-make recipe. For a link to the original recipe on the Martha Stewart website, click HERE.
Pear-Spice Bundt Cake
10 minutes cooling
In a saucepan, spread granulated sugar in an even layer. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until sugar around edge of pan melts and begins to turn golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, slowly stir until all sugar has melted and mixture is translucent and golden.
Add pear chunks to caramel, and stir to coat. Cook, covered, over low heat until very soft, 6 to 8 minutes, swirling pan occasionally. Using a potato masher, mash pears until they are broken down but still slightly chunky. Continue cooking, uncovered, 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; let cool completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch (12-cup capacity) Bundt pan, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, baking soda, pepper, and nutmeg; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, and honey on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. With mixer on the lowest speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with flour. Add reserved pear sauce and mix to combine, about 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Do not over mix.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth with a small offset spatula. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until cake is a deep golden brown and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Invert cake onto a wire rack set over a piece of parchment paper and allow to cool 10 minutes.
OPTIONAL: Once cool, pour your favorite glaze over the top, letting some drip down the sides. Alternatively, dust with confectioners' sugar.