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Drool…doesn’t that look amazing?  Go ahead, touch it, have a little taste of the dulce de leche slowly dripping on its sides.  I’ve been roasting a lot of pumpkin lately.  It is simply delicious and it makes the house smell fantastic.  I’ve mixed some pureed pumpkin in my oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup for breakfast.  Another delicious item I’ve concocted is pumpkin blended with So Delicious coconut milk with a bit of honey and cardamom powder.  My latest successful experiment is pictured below, the pumpkin sticky bun.

Pumpkin Sticky Bun

Besides messing about with pumpkins, I’ve also been baking bread using one of my favorite books, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day.  I highly recommend buying the book.  You can buy it used on Amazon for $12.  I made half of the master recipe (p. 26) and mixed in 1 cup of the pureed pumpkin. 

Filling

  • 4 T. butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. cardamon
  • 1 c. crushed almonds

For the dulce de leche I boiled two unopened cans of condensed milk for about two hours.  Make sure that the cans are always completely submerged in water so they do not explode.  After baking spread some dulce de leche (DDL as Alton Brown would say) on top of the hot buns.  A little warning, several spoonfuls of DDL might find their way into your mouth after doing this activity.   And just in case you were wondering, the other can is sitting happily in the pantry right now until it’s time for it to be devoured.  The sticky buns were sinfully good.  It might have even been better if I had thought to put some pumpkin in the filling mix. 

I also made some baguettes using a recipe from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book.  They are not perfect but it was fun and satisfying.  I hope to show you a picture of an entire piece when I get a little bit better.  Happy cooking and eating!

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