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Sweets Week

In our local eating blog circle, this week is supposed to be a theme, about creating sweets with local ingredients. Needless to say, I have failed at the moment. I just haven’t had time to bake. I do have the ingredients. I even have good intentions.

Like making pumpkin bread with black walnuts. Pumpkin from the CSA, and walnuts from Baugher’s. I even roasted the pumpkins and the other squash and have the puree ready to go for making gift breads. It still sits in the fridge though.

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I split open the three squash and roasted them. The walnuts, plus some PA based pastry flour, and Breezy Willow honey will be the main ingredients in the breads. Stay tuned for later in the week when I finally get to bake a half dozen mini loaves of pumpkin bread. Similar in style to my rhubarb bread.

dessert breads

dessert breads

I like making dessert breads as gifts. No yeast requirement. Ability to improvise. Besides the breads I want to try making some bark using the walnuts.

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It isn’t easy making desserts with local ingredients. Flour, sugar, spices, all aren’t local. But, you can use the majority of the ingredients from local businesses. I have toyed with the idea of maple bacon popcorn. Using local bacon, local maple syrup and local popcorn. One of these days I will do it. Now, to just get the time to use the puree in the fridge, and make those sweet breads.

Any other local dessert ideas?


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

3 responses »

  1. I love your popcorn idea! Did a post a while ago on popcorn, and the maple syrup cinnamon version was the favorite. Maple and bacon sounds heavenly!

  2. You could make some kind of glazed walnuts, perhaps using the honey?

  3. Oh I laugh. I failed too. Nothing. Thought of pumpkin bread of muffins, but didn’t even get as far as the puree. ha


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