Pumpkin Yeast Bread

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It is no secret that I’m putting pumpkin in everything these days.  I talked about it earlier this week when I made pumpkin coffee cake.  It is also no secret that I love to bake bread!  Just look at all of these recipes. It is really one of my favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday. There is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread in your house.  TheBetterHalf is pretty spoiled – I can’t remember the last time we had store bought bread! Continue reading

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Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake | chezcateylou.com

I’m back with another pumpkin recipe. I just can’t stay away! For some reason this time of year all I want to eat is pumpkin! Like these pumpkin doughnuts, or these pumpkin doughnuts, or these pumpkin muffins. I can’t believe I am about to say this, but I like it even more than chocolate right now. Pretty sure that will change in a month or so, but for now I’m embracing pumpkin everything!  Continue reading

Butternut Squash Potstickers with Sriracha Ginger Dipping Sauce

Butternut Squash Potstickers | ChezCateyLou.com

I am a huge fan of butternut squash. I get so excited when I see it popping up all over markets and on restaurant menus in the fall.  I like to buy the packages of precut cubes.  It just seems much safer to me…every time I take the giant chef’s knife to a whole butternut squash I come perilously close to losing a finger.

Usually we just roast our butternut squash – toss it in some olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 20 mins at 400 degrees.  Simple and delicious.  But I decided to branch out with my latest butternut squash purchase and make potstickers.  Wow.  Amazing.  New favorite recipe!  This was my first time making potstickers and I have to say, I was pretty darn proud of myself. Look at these beauties! I was pretty much dancing around the apartment when they were finished.  Continue reading

Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes | ChezCateyLou.com

Happy Friday! To celebrate the weekend, how about some pancakes? But not just any ordinary pancakes (although there’s nothing wrong with plain ol’ buttermilk pancakes or whole wheat pancakes) – sweet potato pecan pancakes! I was thinking about making pumpkin pancakes, but I have been on pumpkin overload lately. So I figured why not try out the “other orange puree” – mashed sweet potato! Is that a thing people say, the other orange puree? Probably not, but they really should. Continue reading

No-Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread

No-Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread | chezcateylou.com

The first recipe that I posted on my blog was no-knead bread, and it is still one of my absolute favorite things to bake.  I just love that with very little effort, I can have an amazing loaf of freshly baked bread any time that I want it!  And there are so many different varieties, the possibilities are endless.  I’ve shared bacon and carrot with you, and today I have a recipe for cranberry walnut bread.  This might be my new favorite.  The tart, sweet cranberries pair so nicely with the toasty walnuts.  And it makes the best toast!! Continue reading

Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins

Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins | chezcateylou.com

In case anyone is keeping track, this is my third pumpkin recipe in a row. I might need to change the name of this blog to Cate’s Pumpkin Obsession.  It is really becoming an issue. I can’t stay away from pumpkin recipes! Luckily, TheBetterHalf is a big fan of pumpkin too. This is a new development in our life. Pumpkin (like peaches ) is one of those foods that he thought he didn’t like. I successfully convinced him otherwise (I mean if you like cinnamon, how can you not like pumpkin baked goods?!), and now he can’t get enough either. Continue reading

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Pecan Brown Butter Icing

Pumpkin Pecan Doughnuts | chezcateylou.com

I have been dreaming about pumpkin doughnuts ever since I made these.  They were SO good. But I always like to try out new recipes (and then share them with you!), so I went on the hunt for a different pumpkin doughnut recipe.  It didn’t take me long to find one.  Pumpkin recipes have really exploded in the past month. Everywhere I look, there is pumpkin – Pinterest, food blogs, Instagram pix.  But I am not complaining, I am also pumpkin obsessed!  There is just something about the color and flavor that screams fall.   Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie | chezcateylou.com

I have been cooking so much with yogurt in the past few weeks! As I mentioned when I made this delicious chocolate snack cake, the nice people at Chobani sent me some yogurt to play around with. TheBetterHalf and I have been making all kinds of great recipes with yogurt.

Some favorites were:

The possibilities with yogurt are endless!  But one of my favorite ways to use yogurt is by making a smoothie. I had some leftover pumpkin from making my pumpkin doughnuts  so I decided to whip up a pumpkin pie smoothie!  Continue reading

Baked Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

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I can’t even tell you how excited I am to post this recipe.  I have seen so many delicious doughnut recipes on Pinterest lately, and I just had to get involved.  So I bought two of these doughnut pans the other weekend and literally could not wait to put them to use!  And what better recipe to start with than a pumpkin doughnut!  I am happy to report they did not disappoint.  Thebetterhalf, a doughnut connoisseur, was skeptical about the concept of a baked doughnut, and he LOVED these.

The texture is remarkably similar to a cake doughnut, but a bit lighter.  The pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices give the most delicious flavor and the cinnamon sugar coating ties the whole thing together.  I snuck a few bites plain and these doughnuts are fantastic even without the cinnamon sugar.

This recipe makes enough for 15 doughnuts, and the pans only make 6 each. Luckily in my doughnut pan buying binge, I also picked up this adorable pan.  So I used my extra batter to make some pumpkin doughnut holes!  You could just bake the doughnuts in a second batch though. I see many more baked doughnut recipes in my future … these are on the menu for Saturday.  How incredible do they look??  These new doughnut pans are going to be trouble!   Continue reading