It's no secret that we have a soft spot for the fall...we love it almost as much as Christmas! There's just something about turning away from the grill & garden and cooking up something tasty in the oven or slow cooker...something that'll warm our families from head to toe.
While it may not be chilly enough for a sweater just yet, we know those crunchy-leaf, nip-in-the-air days are not far away. Let's celebrate a little early with this week's Cookbook of the Week...
Inspired by all of our favorite fall gatherings,
you'll start looking forward to the season too
when you turn to the table of contents!
A Cozy Country Brunch and Seasonal Sweets are pretty easy
to figure out, but what about the rest of the chapters?
At the beginning of each of these chapters, you'll find a page
of inspiring ideas like these...click to view larger.
From the Fireside Fun chapter, here's a recipe we hope you'll enjoy all season long.
Sweet Potato Fruit & Nut Loaf
Shared by Jo Ann Valentine of Oviedo, Florida, it has all the flavors of the season, plus some added sweetness from the fruit. Jo Ann recommends trying the batter to make yummy tea muffins too.
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1-1/4 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. milk
1/2 c. oil
1-1/4 c. canned sweet potatoes, drained and mashed
1/2 c. maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. golden raisins
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, sugar, salt and spices in a medium bowl; blend in eggs, milk and oil. Stir in remaining ingredients; pour into a greased and floured 9"x5" loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Makes one loaf.
Bonus Tip: For the tenderest muffins and loaves, don’t overmix…just stir the batter until moistened. A few lumps won’t matter, right?
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