The leaves begin to fall, the weather starts to turn, and there is a crispness in the air. Fall has begun to show its colors, and my mind turns to baking. This time of year I bake with rich savory spices; spices that fill the house with their aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are a few that come to mind.
Pumpkin is the perfect companion to rich fall spices. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin tarts and, my personal favorite, pumpkin bread. Rich, moist and decadent are a few words to describe this delicious bread. Delicious straight out of the oven, but they are even better the next day when all the flavors have meld together.
Pumpkin is perfect plain with no garnish or embellishment, but I paired my bread with a maple syrup glaze. The vanilla-enhanced flavor of maple syrup (by the way, Beanilla sells a delicious vanilla maple syrup!) increases the decadence of the bread. Drizzle with maple syrup glaze, and sprinkle with toasted pepita seeds on top. Grab a cup of coffee, a piece of this delicious bread and enjoy fall in all of its colorful splendor.