Time Travel Kitchen
Kitchen Notes: Pumpkin Finale
This week’s recipes are from the latter part of the 20th Century, but they are so good I wanted to share them with you now.
If you’re looking for a delicious pumpkin bread recipe, try this one (pictured above) from Chef Jennifer Segal of Once Upon A Chef .
The recipe was clipped from a magazine over fifty years ago by her grandmother, making it a treasured family memory. It’s delicious, tender, flavorful and a beautiful color. (Click link above for the recipe and to read about the history).
Thirty years ago I was a baker at Sarabeth’s Restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue in New York.
On weekends lines were out the door to snag a coveted table for breakfast or brunch.
Working the early shift on Sunday mornings meant leaving my house at around 4am to get to the bakery well before 5am to start baking.
In the city that never sleeps, I’d cross paths with Saturday night revelers just on their way home from a night out. Once inside the bakery, a very sweet and talented baker who had worked there for years would already have everything set up — ovens pre-heating, pounds of butter and pallets of eggs out of the refrigerator, coffee brewing for staff.
I was the nervous newbie and to this day I’m grateful for the guidance he gave me and his great sense of humor that laughed off my (many) mistakes.
Everyone in the bakery at that hour worked in silence, but the radio was always set on Salsa, the music keeping the energy high for this small group of sleepy people who made absurd quantities of baked goods before 8am.
The signature item at Sarabeth’s was and is the famous Pumpkin Muffin. These muffins are delicious, filled with raisins and topped with sunflower seeds. They are among my favorite things to bake and to eat and look beautiful on a breakfast table.
Here’s the link:
Note: Follow the recipe directions carefully and you’ll have successful, delicious results.
See you Friday for a visit to the late 19th/early20th century and a beloved cookie.
See you then!
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