Maple-Pecan (& Pumpkin) Pound Cake.

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So here I am. Back to blogging (though not as much as I wish I was). The only difference being, the blogging is happening in a new place, far from the land of ya’ll in North Carolina. What you’ve heard is true – Patrick and I have recently made a big move back to Michigan! We’ve been so busy over the past few weeks with house hunting, job searching and generally just catching back up with the midwestern lifestyle that the blogging has taken a bit of a backseat. So I decided to try and get back into the swing of things the best way I know how, with a little bit of baking.

After a long trip home we’ve found that Michigan is the same as always; unpredictable weather and all. In fact, just a few weeks ago we were living it up in sandals and maxi dresses drinking in the 90 degree weather and just as recently as this past week it seems as though Fall and it’s cooler weather is finally upon us.

Who doesn’t love Fall!? As if the idea of boot season and sweater weather aren’t enough for you, it’s the time of year when it’s game on for all things pumpkin flavored. So, in the grand tradition of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, trips to the cider mill and all of the above, I decided to jump on the bandwagon myself and make a little Fall-inspired pumpkin dessert.

The base recipe for this pound cake can be found in the book “Fast Food Fix” by Devin Alexander. It’s a low-calorie version of the Pumpkin Pound Cake from Starbucks. The recipe itself doesn’t call for a glaze of any kind, so in typical Mish fashion I decided to add a little maple syrup & pecan glaze to fatten it back up.

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I’m not sure if it was the cake itself or the fact that we are currently residing with three other family members, but this cake was gone within 24 hours. Either way I urge you to give this recipe a try sometime soon. I would suggest baking it in boots, a slouchy cardigan and lots of scarves. Colder weather is back, friends. Drink it in.

Love,

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Maple-Pecan Pumpkin Pound Cake

Cake:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Fat Free VanillaYogurt
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 – 15oz Can Pumpkin

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a loaf pan, set aside.
  • Sift the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, and nutmeg, into a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, yogurt, and egg whites. Whisk thoroughly until blended. Stir in the pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture. Stir until completely incorporated.
  • Pour into pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack.

Maple-Pecan Glaze:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

Method:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, maple syrup, and cream; bring to a boil.
  • Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and sift the powdered sugar into the hot mixture.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Let cool for about 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  • Stir in the finely chopped pecans.

Chocolate Chip Scones.

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Before moving to North Carolina, Patrick and I had not experienced the true bliss it was to live walking distance from a coffee shop, restaurant or even grocery store. Our last apartment in Michigan was at least a 15 to 20 minute drive from almost any amenity (and don’t get me started on how far the closest Starbucks was). In our current home, however, we’re close enough to take a short walk to Starbucks or Panera Bread any day of the week to grab some coffee and breakfast. Since we’re not the type to take convenience for granted, this has recently become quite the ritual for us on weekend mornings. I’ve even gotten in the habit of making pastry-type snacks for us to enjoy after our “coffee walk”, and one of my favorites so far has been these delicious chocolate chip scones.

The recipe for these amazing scones came from a Pastry Chef friend of mine. She makes these at work for corporate breakfast meetings and I’ve had the opportunity to try them on several occasions. Recently, she forwarded me the recipe so that I could give it a try on my own and trust me when I say – these do not disappoint.

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This recipe was my first attempt at scones and I will say I was quite surprised at how easy they were to make. These will certainly be making it to my Christmas morning baking list this year! You’ll find the full recipe listed below if you’re interested in giving these a try yourself.

Love,

 

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons Cold Butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 Cup of Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 Tablespoon each of Sugar & Cinnamon (for sprinkling)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.
  • Work butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add 1/2 cup of buttermilk and fold together then continue adding additional buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough just comes together.
  • Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into two balls.
  • Form each ball into a 7 inch disk, 3/4 inch to 1 inch thick.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out individual scones from each disk.
  • Place on the prepared baking sheet, and brush lightly with egg whites using a pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle with additional cinnamon & sugar until evenly coated.
  • Bake on middle rack for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Rotate half of the way through to make sure they brown evenly.
  • Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Chevron Re-Style: DIY

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When I was 22 years old, I made the big, scary step of moving out of my Parent’s house and into an adorable apartment with my Boyfriend (now Husband). For the first time in my life I was able to call the shots on decor in a space that I could call my own. At first I was excited! I ran to IKEA in a hot-panic poised to buy absolutely everything. But, as it turns out, being responsible for the esthetic of a space you come home to every day can be a very daunting reality. I had too many ideas, and too many restraints on the options for decor (no painting the walls, etc). Now, five years later (and still renting), I’m learning to try out new ways to express myself despite living with similar design restraints. Because of this, I’ve been in search of little ways I can take items already in our home to alter & make a little more……Mish.

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This nightstand & dresser are part of a bedroom set my Parent’s purchased for me when I was still in Elementary School. It originally came in a horrendous mauve color which my Mom and I changed several years later to the yellow & ivory color it is now. Lately, I find myself looking at these pieces of furniture each morning and thinking of ways to freshen them up. Blame the trends, blame Pinterest, blame whoever you want – but for some reason everytime I look at these two pieces all I can think is “Chevron! Chevron! Chevron!”.

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The only thing you will ever need to know should you want to add a Chevron pattern to something of your own, is that there is a lot of tedious measuring involved. I started with making 1 inch squares across the whole surface of the nightstand. I then went on to measure out my lines for the design afterward (colored stripes are 2″ thick and the non-colored spaces in between are 3″ thick). Once measured, if you can, I would suggest using painters tape to outline your design area prior to painting. Unfortunately for me, the finish on the ivory paint prevented the painter’s tape from sticking to the surface, so I ended up painting this freehand. Once the paint was dry, I used a little astringent on a cotton ball to erase the pencil marks.

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Paint Color: Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint in ‘Wild Salmon’

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After sealing the design, I added some fresh Anthropologie knobs to finish off the Nightstand & Dresser. I’m in love with the way these turned out! Little projects like this have been able to fulfill my design itch until we’re able to own a Home.

Now you tell me, what type of re-purpose or re-style projects have you done to make your rental property feel more like your own?

Love,

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