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We made pumpkin bread on Sunday to take to my now 8-year-old's class for her birthday! The tragedy was the second batch that we made for home was ruined when I broke a measureing cup right over the top of it. The smell of baking bread and then NOT being able to eat it - pure torture!

izzy's mama

I am not that fond of pumpkin but those do sound good.


Ok - this comment is only slightly related (or not). Really it is a plea for your cooking expertise. My favorite chai here in PDX is Dragonfly chai. They have several different "flavors" and the one I like is "spicy". I ran across your chai recipe a few months ago and it inspired me to try my hand at making some chai. I tested your recipe and compared to the Dragonfly chai - it just wasn't spicy enough. I kept adding spices and finally I bought a bottle of the Dragonfly and realized they use powdered spices, not whole. So on my 5th iteration of your recipe - I finally got a taste I really liked. An opportunity arose when I realized that the spices formed a gelatous mass. Could I use it for anything? I decided to add it to sugar cookie mix. I used the Fannie Farmer sugar cookie mix. I added 1/2 cup chai spice goop (probably need a better name for that) to the wet mix and 1/4 cup of flour at the end to make it into the right consistency. The flavor is nice - even with all the pepper I used in the original recipe. And that amount of goop seems right, too. The problem was that the texture is not great. They were not crispy at all and tasted cakey or flat (not sure how to describe it). Any suggestions? Sorry if this is not the right place to put this. I do think that the chai goop would taste nice in the pumpkin muffins! Take care.

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