Gingerbread English Muffins

I don’t think there’s anything I love more than bread.

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And breakfast.

And cookies.

But dear I say, that bread trumps it all. And the smell of home-made bread … ahhhhhhhhhh I just want to burry my face in hot buns!! … Hi, welcome to the land of awkward … and a little weird … don’t be scared, I’ve got bread to share with you!!

Seriously – when I’m on death row .. I’m asking for homemade bread – smothered in butter.

Real butter.

Not margarine.

Buutttaaahhh!!

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I am. And, we’ve returned to the land of a-ca-awkward. And that has nothing to do with my death row comment, mostly just referring to my talk about margarine.

So I made English muffins, combining my love affair with all things bread and all things breakfast ( I can’t stand eggs though .. random, but true … I lie, I can … just not all the time – and eggs Benedict .. stop, I can’t. it’s a consistency thing).

And of course they’re Christmas-y and gingerbready and buttah …. There’s butter!!

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Gingerbread English muffins

1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 cups bread flour

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar + ¼ tsp

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

¼ tps ginger powder

¼ tsp cinnamon powder

¼ tsp ground clove

¼ tsp fresh nutmeg

1 tablespoon shortening (or butter at room temperature)

3/4 cup milk

1 Tbsp molasses

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil + 1 Tsp

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 Directions:

Combine the yeast with the warm water sprinkle ¼ tsp brown sugar on top.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, remaining brown sugar, sea salt, ginger powder, cinnamon, ground clove & nutmeg. Stir in the shortening. Now pour in the yeast mixture, molasses and milk.

Stir until a dough ball forms.

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Place in a lightly 1 tbsp coconut oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size—approximately an hour and a half to two hours.

Divide the dough into eight equal parts. Roll each muffin into a ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a little bit of cornmeal (or flour). Cover, and allow to rise for an additional hour.

Heat a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe pan) over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Cook for 7 minutes on each side.

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Once you’ve cooked each side place into the oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until the English muffins are cooked through and golden brown.

Remove from the oven, and bring on the butter!! These would also taste amazing with marmalade.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

Can I be honest with you folks?

This year’s pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks, didn’t quite hit the spot. For the entire season, I had 2 … TWO?!?

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Last year, I was downing one a day, if not two .. a day!! For whatever reason, this year, the cups I got ended up tasting like cough syrup. So I’ve been opting for my usual coffee order instead. I can’t wait until the gingerbread is back – this classic better not fail me!!

Last week, as I was picking up my daily cup – I noticed the pumpkin spice latte mixes were on sale – the miniature candy wheels in my mind began turning. I love the SMELL of the lattes, I’ve normally LOVED the flavour and did I mention there was a SALE?! I got 2 boxes.

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 And then I made bread – and it smells like heaven.

And I added a pumpkin spice latte cream cheese swirl  — and it smells like heaven.

And I drizzled it with more pumpkin spice latte goodness … did I mention it smells like heaven?

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

 Ingredients

 Bread:

 1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon Sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

2 pks Starbucks PSL mix (or 2 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder, 1/2 Tbsp ginger powder, 4 Tbsp Powdered milk, 1 Tbsp Nutmeg)

2 eggs

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

½ c margarine, softened

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1½ cup canned pumpkin

Cream cheese

½ cup cream cheese

1 pk Starbucks PSL ( or half of the spice mix above)

1 Tsp Cinnamon powder

Drizzle

¼ cup ready-made frosting

1 pk Starbucks PSL ( or half of the spice mix above)

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

In a mixing bowl, beat sugars and butter until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla.

Slowly add dry ingredients.

Mix in pumpkin.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese , PSL mix and cinnamon.

Pour 1/2 of bread mixture into a greased and floured loaf pan, add 1 tbsp dollops of cream cheese mixture sporadically. The rest of the bread mixture, and top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Taking a toothpick or skewer – marble the two mixtures together – just slight swirls – you don’t want the two mixtures to combine :)

 Bake for  70 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

This is a good time to make the drizzle!! Combine icing and PSL mixture. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. And then drizzle away!!

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I actually just realized, this is the first pumpkin bread that I’ve ever posted – what the heck have I been waiting for?!?! And if any of you end up making French toast with this bread – HOLY MOTHER OF YUMM – please call me over, I’ll walk with amazing stuff for us to make Mimosa with – and we’ll sit around and pish-posh all day!!