‘Tis the season for everything pumpkin! I wish I could say that I have been in the kitchen all month whipping up all kinds of delicious treats. Unfortunately, I have spent every single day of November (so far), sick! It should be a crime really. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so sick in my life, and what an awful time of year for it. Granted, with the weather change and time change, it is a common time of year to get sick, but it is also my favorite time of year. I am bound and determined to make the second half of November much better, and full of baking.
If you find yourself caught in a rut when it comes to holiday baking, I find it best to turn back to some of the basics, such as Pillsbury baking mixes. Start there. Then if you are feeling creative, try spicing up the mixes with extra seasonings or flavorings. When it comes to Pillsbury baking mixes, you can never go wrong with adding some chopped nuts or dried fruits. If you aren’t used to being adventurous in the kitchen then start with just one or two add-ins at a time. If it goes well, try a couple more!
To cheer me up, and to hopefully get me out of bed yesterday, my mom brought over a delicious Pumpkin Apple Pecan Cake, made with Pillsbury Quick Bread Pumpkin mix. This mix is tasty as is, but it’s always fun to add some mix-ins.
On top of adding in some chopped apple, ginger and chopped pecans, mom topped this already tasty cake with her homemade warm lemon sauce. It was to-die-for!
- 1 pkg Pillsbury Pumpkin Quick Bread
- 1 cup water
- 3 Tbs oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 apple peeled and diced
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 cups very hot water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbs cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 4 Tbs butter
- Juice of 1 lemon to equal 4 Tbs
- Preheat oven to 350° and spray 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir gently with a spoon. Pour batter into 8 X 8 baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Bake for 30 - 35 min. Check middle for doneness by touching lightly with finger. Serve with warm Lemon Sauce.
- Stir sugar, cornstarch, salt and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Add the hot water and stir over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Boil for 1 min. Remove from heat and add butter and lemon juice. Stir until butter is melted.