Saturday, October 25, 2014

13 Posts Of Halloween(2014): Baking!

So, baking this month has taken a pumpkin flavored turn...I've made pumpkin bread(chocolate and plain), chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice pancakes, and pumpkin french toast. Therefore, I'm actually just going to share my pumpkin spice french toast recipe and my "witches brew" recipe for this post!

Pumpkin Spice French Toast, stuffed with Pumpkin Cream Cheese filling. Topped with Cinnamon Butter Cream icing and Pumpkin Whip Cream.

Let's start with the filling:
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 8 oz. packages cream cheese(room temperature)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1. Put room temperature cream cheese in bowl, mix on high until smooth.
2. add sugar and pumpkin, mix until thoroughly combined
3. add vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, mix until thoroughly combined
4. taste. if needed add more sugar or pumpkin until you get the sweetness and pumpkin flavored-ness that you desire.

Butter Cream Icing;
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups SIFTED powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Mix shortening, butter, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a bowl until smooth.
2. slowly add the sifted powdered sugar, mix until combined
3. add milk and beat until light and fluffy

Set aside until ready to use and then follow these simple directions:
1. In a microwavable bowl, put a couple spoon fulls of icing(you generally end up with more icing all together than you'll use) along with the 1 teaspoon cinnamon and teaspoon vanilla
2. microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until thin and smooth

This makes it better for drizzling over the french toast!

Pumpkin Whip Cream:
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar(or 1/2 cup splenda)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree

1. Whip the whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar in stand mixer until peaks form
2. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice; stir until combined

French Toast:
So you got your normal french toast batter, your eggs are all cracked and everything. In a small bowl mix the following ingredients.

(this is for about 8 eggs)

2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 splash water

Then mix the vanilla mixture into your french toast batter.

Make sandwiches with two pieces of bread, spread the pumpkin cream cheese mixture between the two, as you would peanut butter. Then dunk the whole thing in your french toast batter and cook it.
When it's done you can top it with your icing(Remember to heat it up!) and your whip cream and enjoy! Possibly serve it with a pumpkin's the best way..

Witches Brew
(I don't have pictures of this because I haven't made it's an old "family recipe", though really it's basically the same as any you can find anywhere online.)

1 6 ounce package lime jello
1 6 ounce package pineapple jello
4 cups boiling water
4 cups chilled pineapple juice
2 2 liter bottles lemon lime soda
1 Pitcher grape kool-aid

1. Use Kool-aid to make ice cubes
2. Pour Jello mix into a large bowl. Slowly add boiling water, stir constantly until jello is completely dissolved.
2. Stir in pineapple juice.
3. Once the mixture cools pour into a punch bowl, adding the lemon lime soda and grape ice cubes

Ta-Da! The grape ice cubes mainly make it look cooler and can be skipped. =)

What's your favorite pumpkin flavored treat this time of year?

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  1. Yummy! This sounds really tasty and easy to make but I suck, as I don't like pumpkin. Yeah I totally kill Halloween spirit with that. But still this looks really tasty. Great post :)

    1. Oh that sucks, you don't get to benefit at all from fall and everything Pumpkin Spiced flavored!


  2. This is amazing, Shay!! :D I love how you made so many food with pumpkins as the common ingredient. I actually barely eat pumpkins because my family barely buys them (not even for Halloween), but I'm serious - the Pumpkin Spice French Toast thing looks really yummy!!

    I love your Halloween-related posts! :) I actually went trick-or-treating yesterday around the neighborhood, and I got like 5 buckets of candy <3

    1. Ah thanks! Yeah, I love pumpkin so I take advantage of fall by making as much as I can with it! =)

  3. Wow. This looks and sounds AMAZING. I want it now. So you know, just make me some, send it on over, okay? I am probably about as useless in the kitchen as a human could possibly be. I should have my mom make it though, she is far more useful. So I guess my favorite pumpkin treat would be something that someone else has made. Like, perhaps a muffin from Dunkin Donuts, or something like that.

  4. This post made me so hungry! I want to reach into the computer and steal some. Thanks for the recipie, I wish I could eat this. (The french toast) I love pumpkin cookies and muffins, and bread! hehe