Today seems like the first day of fall. Of course, being just the second week of September, that means we could easily have several more summery weeks before all of the sudden it’s winter. I’m trying VERY hard this year to NOT whine and complain about weather…be it too hot, too cold or too whatever.
Today has been lovely and cool. Breezy at times too, and the crunching of leaves in my backyard (by kids and dogs who are throughly enjoying the cool day) just makes me feel like it really is fall.
I will be sure to come back and read this next week if it’s 88 degrees and humid.
So, since I felt so fallish today, I did some baking. There was applesauce in my crockpot and bread in my bread machine. (All in favor of the modern kitchen appliance!) I also made a pumpkin cake as a test run for one I will need soon for a get together. You’d think someone who bakes as often as I do and owns as many cookbooks as I do would be swimming in pumpkin cake recipes. Not so. Sure, I’ve got them for pumpkin rolls and muffins and bread and strudel topped coffee cakes, but not just a simple, basic recipe. So I made this one up and it’s really very good. I love it when it works out!
Plain Ol’ Pumpkin Cake
1/2 c. Oil
1/2 c. Butter, melted and cooled
1 c. Brown sugar
1 c. Sugar
15 oz. can pumpkin
4 room temperature eggs
3 c. Self-rising flour
1 (heaping) t. Pumpkin pie spice
1/2 t. Baking soda
3/4 c. Whole milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9″ pan and set aside.
In a small bowl, stir the soda and spice into the flour and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the oil, butter, both sugars, and eggs and beat well on medium speed with a mixer. Add the pumpkin and mix to combine. Add about 1/2 of the dry mixture and mix to combine. Mix in the milk. Mix in the rest of the flour. Make sure to scrape the bowl and then pour it into the prepared pan. Bake it for 40 minutes or so, or until a toothpick tests clean. Cool.
Yes, this would probably be great with pecans and/or chocolate chips and/or cream cheese frosting. But it is plain and pumpkiny and that’s all I really was looking for today.