Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of my Canadian Buddy-old-pals!!

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This long weekend ( like many long weeks) to me is the official kick off of fall … warmer clothes, my heat goes on in my condo (yippee)..it’s also the official kick off of hockey? YEEESS!! Hahaha .. you can take a girl out of Canada, but you can’t take the Canada out of a girl.

Do you guys remember making hand turkeys when you were younger? … I’m pretty sure I did in elementary school … and then things got a lot more sophisticated when we began making placemats in grade 5. Those were the cool days!!

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This weekend Mr. LTSL and I will be spending it with family, there’s sure to be lots of food and probably a few post-turkey naps tossed in.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, filled your loved ones … and a little (or a lot) of turkey doesn’t hurt either. And while the focus maybe on dinner, I have a breakfast that will blow your family away.

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Almost too pretty to eat. Almost. And then you take a bite, and you’re in love.

Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread

Dough

 1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter

2cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

n a medium sized bowl, heat milk and butter in microwave for 1 minute should be warm to the touch. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Mix until well combined. If the dough is too sticky, add 1 table spoon of flour at a time, until you get a firm dough. On a lightly floured surface, place dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Form into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl.

Cover and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.

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Filling

 ½ cup Pumpkin Puree

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon pumpkin spice

¼ cup walnut halves

1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin spice. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately an 11 x 15-inch rectangle. Spread the pumpkin  mixture uniformly on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Starting lengthwise, roll the dough like you would a cinnamon roll. Pinch together the edges to seal.

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Using a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough in half lengthwise. Pinch together one end of the dough and braid the two long strands. Pinch together the remaining end. Form the dough into a circular shape and pinch together the pinched ends. To create a pumpkin swirl wreath.  Transfer the circle to a lightly greased cast-iron beaten egg. Gently tuck in walnut halves sporadically around the dough. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

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Enjoy, remember to take a moment this weekend to remember how lucky we are to live in such an amazing country – with all of the opportunities presented to us. Take a moment to be thankful for great friends, your health and you’re happiness. It’s the simple things … like how amazing your house now smells 😉

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Apple Cinnamon Beer Bread

It seems we’re having a boozy week over at LTSL!!

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Cheers to eating your alcohol.

Cheers to October ( also .. WHAT?!?!)

Cheers to fall fashion and carbs.

Thank all that is warm and cozy for carbs!!

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I think I also deserve some what of a medal ( or an extra slice of this booze laden bread) for not having a Pumpkin Spice Latte for the year … yet. I’m actually seeing how long I can hold on … at least to thanksgiving?!

With me writting this, I’ll probably get a whiff on my way home and cave.

But for now … wooo hooo goooo me!! The ironic part is I’ve had my fair share of pumpkin/ pumpkin spice goodies.

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And because you’re probably sick of all of the pumpkin pizzazz I’m brining you another fall favourite … beer. Kidding … apppppplllleeesss … even though there’s no actual apples in this recipe … okay … let’s just go back to beeeeeeeerrr then.

Apple beer.

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Not drunk … I promise.

Apple Cinnamon Beer Bread

Ingredients:

3 cups flour (sifted)

3 teaspoons baking powder

1-teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ cup sugar

1 tablespoon apple sauce

1 teaspoon apple juice

¼ cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups bottle Apple Beer

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift flour into large bowl with baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and sugar, making sure they’re mixed well.
  3. Add apple sauce, apple juice, and beer. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour into greased loaf pan and pour melted butter right over the top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour  minutes or until gold brown.

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Also, because we have a friendship based on trust … I trust that you will toast a slice ( or 7) slater it with butter and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar.

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Your life is now complete.

Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

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Booze and breakfast.

YES!

Also, Monday.

And Happy 4th birthday Living The Sweet Life 🙂 wooo hoooo!!

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging for 4 years already.

If you could eat any meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

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Mine, breakfast/brunch. Seriously – it outweighs lunch, dinner and dessert any day … and that says a lot!!

It’s all the pancakes, waffles, smoked salmon, bagels, dooooouuuughnuts. I want it all.

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These pancakes are fluffy and full of fall spices, and the syrup – I could drink it.

Also, it’s totally kiddo friendly as all of the alcohol burns away ( wink wink… kidding, it does). Or you know, this could totally just be a parents only meal … if I catch anyone with a straw in the syrup … I’ll have no choice but to high-five you!!

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Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup ground Speculoos cookies

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

2 cups milk

2 tbsp room temperature butter ( or margarine)

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

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

Add egg, milk, butter and vanilla.

Whisk until smooth.

Using 1/2 cup scoop batter into a hot frying pan / griddle.

Cook until you begin to see small bubbles – flip and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Repeat for the remaining batter.

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Whiskey Maple Syrup

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Whiskey

1 Tsp Maple Extract

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In a small sauce pan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until thickened – approximately 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Serve warm over pancakes.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Browned Butter, Smoked Sea Salt Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Weekends should be lazy … it should be sleep in – late brunch – cartoon filled.

There should be a little too much sugar involved … lots of cozying up on the couch to a movie or people watching from your balcony. It should be strolls in the park, and coffee by the buckets.

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Weekends should have cinnamon rolls … outrageous … amazing .. delicious cinnamon rolls.

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We all know, and I’ve only probably said it a few trillion times – I have an intense fear of bread. Making it, that is … definitely not consuming it. My last meal would consist of bread. It’s the yeast … I can’t take the anxiety; did I add too much? Was the water too hot/too cold? What if this doesn’t rise? Have I over mixed? What if my bread grows hands?!?! Perfectly legitimate questions and concerns I’m sure.

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That’s actually the reason that it’s taken me soo long to make cinnamon rolls … luckily these ones must be fool proof because look how peeerrrdy they are.

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I will say one thing, next time I’ll probably use a bigger pan – not that these buns were squished, but the tops started looking like Who-ville roofs because what I could only assume was because there wasn’t enough room.

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So Dr. Seuss would be proud, and in any case they were soo delicious. The dough is actually light, and so cushiony annnd sooo cinnamon-y I could die.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Smoked Sea Salt Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Dough:

1 1/2 tsp yeast

½ cup warm water

½ cup hot milk

¼ cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground clove

1 egg

5 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

½ cup softened butter, plus more for pan

3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 table spoon pumpkin pie spice

Brown Butter Smoked Sea Salt Maple Cream Cheese Icing:

½ cup cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar sifted

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

½ Tsp smoked Sea salt

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Directions

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a stand mixer bowl, combine milk, sugar, melted butter, pumpkin puree, spices, salt, and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour. Place in well-greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, approximately 2 hours.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread softened butter all over dough. In a small bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Then sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the longest side closest to you, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of 13 x 9 baking pan with butter. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

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Frosting

In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat until melted.

Continue cooking, watching butter carefully, until it sizzles and begins to crackle, lower heat to the lowest without turning the stove off and add cream cheese.

The cheese will begin to melt.

Remove  from heat and stir in the powdered sugar and maple syrup and smoked salt. Mix until well combined.

Once the rolls are finished, drizzle with frosting.

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Let this also be a warning that I’m coming fast a furious with pumpkin recipes – your welcome 😉

Toffee Malted Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

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Are you fine looking folks ready for pumpkin season? I’m pretty impressed that most of the pumpkin madness at least waited for mid September – it seems like last year I had an ice cream in one hand and a Pumpkin Spice Latte in another!!

Can we think of today’s recipe as a transition snack … you know, snacky like summer ( although, I’m down to snack on popcorn no matter what the season is!) and warm and cozy like fall … and addicting. Man – oh – man this popcorn is ADDICTING!!

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And I used smart pop so I pretty much just ate a bowl of celery … or something like that. heh. either that, or I’m starting to bulk up for winter … you know, like the bears.

My justification skills just got to a whole new wicked-amazing level.

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Toffee Malted Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

  • 3 Tb. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tb. Pumpkin spice
  • 2 Tb. malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp Skor chips
  • 1 bag ready-made popcorn ( or 2 bags, smart pop)

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Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, pumpkin spice, malted milk powder, salt and toffee chips together. Set aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn, and place in a large bowl. While still hot, toss in malted pumpkin powder
  3. then pour the chocolate malt powder over the top and toss vigorously

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Happy Snacking xo

Caramel apple candy stuffed apple cookies

The first week of school is officially done-zo!

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Moms and dads you did it!!

Children of the playground … wooohoooo it’s weekend!!

I remember when we were younger, after the first day of school both my brother and I would always come home to both my parents home and a special treat. It was tradition. My parents always took the first day of school off … even when I went off to university ( I wish I was lying) … the special treats stopped though. You win some you loose some.

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There’s always something exciting about the first day of school …

Fresh new paper, pencils that are sharpened, the fresh smell of the school. Granted, by the end of the week there are doodles all over your papers and you can’t even find that pencil you had Monday.

The beginning of September, with school starting, nights getting cooler and mornings getting darker always remind me of one thing … fall. It also doesn’t help that you can already get a PSL from your friendly barista … anywhooo …

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Fall means a couple things to me

  • Chunky knits
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin
  • Apples
  • Comfort food / goodies

And sooo I had no choice but to get my bakin’ on … hehe … bakin sounds like bacon. Maturity.

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Caramel apple candy stuffed apple cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup margarine or butter

1 cup icing sugar + (2 Tbsp Icing Sugar for dusting … optional)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 cup applesauce

1/2 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp caramel extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp apple juice

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

24 werther’s caramel apple candies

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix together the butter, 1 cup sugar, salt, applesauce, cinnamon, caramel extract, apple juice  and vanilla until well-combined.

Then gradually add in the flour.

Mix until fully incorporated and smooth.

Form dough into 24 balls.

Gently flatten each ball and  add worther’s candy in the middle.

Cover with dough.

Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Once cools, dust with remaining 2 tbsp icing sugar.

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Peach Blackberry Croissant Custard Cake

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As if anything says sum-sum-summmaaa time like fresh berries, peaches, sunshine and cake.

It’s very possible I just added the cake part, but look how peeerrrrdy this cake is.

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It’s a stunner!! It’s all bright and fruity and custardy and pretty deerrn easy to make.

Your weekend needs a little cake.

Life needs cake.

I need cake.

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Heh. So fun fact – every week when I do the grocery shopping there are a couple items you will always find in my trolly

  • Milk
  • 5 oranges, 2 apples, 2 pears, strawberries ( if they’re in season)
  • Kale
  • Snacks for Mr. LTSL … which means any one of the following, Apple Danishes, butter croissants or Belgian waffles and Jello.

… every week I pick up a container of either Apple Danishes, butter croissants or Belgian waffles for Mr. LTSL and normally it finishes once Friday rolls around.

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Except when there are leftovers and I have to find something delicious and snazzy to do with it. So I make cake.

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Peach Blackberry Croissant Custard Cake  

2 Large Peaches

1/4 cup water

1 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar ( separated 1 cup x 1tbsp)

4 stale croissants, torn into 8 pieces each

1 ½ cup blackberries (separated ¾ cup x ¾ cup)

4 eggs plus 2 egg yolks

3/4 cup whole milk

1 cup cream

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup brown sugar

1/2 cup ground almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 tbsp turbino sugar

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Directions : 

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Preheat oven to 325. Liberally spray an 8-inch cake pan.

Heat water and  1 tbsp of sugar in a large pan over a medium heat, add peaches and cook until the water is absorbed by the peaches . Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, yolks, remaining 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, milk, cream, almond extract and vanilla extract until well combined.

In a separate bowl mix ground almonds with cinnamon and ground ginger.

Add 1/3 of torn croissants to your prepared cake pan.

Add ½ of peach mixture and toss in ¾ cup of blackberries. Over your fruits , add ½ of your spiced almond mixture.

Make a second layer, using the exact same process.

Last, add remaining 1/3 of torn croissants, pressing down gently to secure all of your flavour. Pour your liquid mixture over your cake and allow to stand for 1 hour.

Next, top with sliced almonds and turbino sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven, and allow to cool completely -this also helps the liquid mixture settle – should take approximately 45 min.

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Slice & Enjoy!!