Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumpkin Zucchini Cream Cheese Bread

One of the favorite fall flavors for many people is pumpkin. It seems like you can get pumpkin-flavored anything this time of year-muffins, coffee, cookies, bagels, and even pasta. If you're looking for a different twist on the traditional pumpkin bread, here's a recipe to try. It's also a good use for any zucchini you many have in your freezer.

A few years ago, I made a Pumpkin Layered Loaf. At the time I thought the the cheesecake-style layer would be great addition to many other sweet breads. Then a couple months ago, my friend raved about this Pumpkin Zucchini Bread. I decided to combine the two recipes and it was delicious! It made an already yummy bread into a dessert. For all you pumpkin-lovers--you've got to try it.

Pumpkin Zucchini Cream Cheese Bread
  3 eggs, lightly beaten
  1 C. sugar
  1 C.brown sugar
  1 C.canned pumpkin
  1 C.butter, melted (or 1 C. oil or 1/2 C. oil and 1/2 C. applesauce)
  1 Tbsp. tablespoon vanilla extract
  3 C. all-purpose flour
  1 tsp. baking soda
  1/2 tsp. baking powder
  1/2 tsp. salt
  1 tsp. cinnamon
  1 tsp. nutmeg
  1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  1 to 2 C. shredded zucchini
  1 C. chopped walnuts (optional)--I left these out

Cream Cheese Filling:
  2 (8 oz. ea.) packages cream cheese or neufchatel cheese, softenened
  1/4 C. sugar
  2 egg whites
    Bread: In a bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Add pumpkin, butter (or oil/applesauce) and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini and nuts.

    Filling: In a bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, and egg whites. Beat with a whisk until well blended.

    Prepare two greased and floured two 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Pour 1/4 of batter into each pan. Then top each with half of the cream cheese filling. Distribute the rest of the batter equally over the filling. Bake at 350° for about 1 hr. or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.

    Another option is to make half of the recipe of filling and make one loaf as usual, and one with the cream cheese filling.

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    If you're looking for some fun fall things to do in Northeast Illinois this weekend, here are a few:

    -Na-Da Farm Barn Sale/Flea Market - Friday 5-8 PM, Saturday 9 AM-2 PM

    -Autumn Drive - Friday-Sunday 9 AM-5 PM

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