Fall baking…

When the temperature goes down, I am so happy to be baking.

I love to eat bread and baked goods anytime.

But heating up the kitchen in the fall and winter is just so smart-

and eating carbs seems to right when it is colder out.

SO- having said all of that-


I baked some very delicious seeded rye this last week.

My slashes were too deep and the sourdough was very

active and it kind of blew off the gluten cloak and bordered

on exposing itself- but it was (is- I have half a loaf left for

toasting!) delicious and hearty.

And I made an orange cream cheese pound cake for Allyson’s

birthday.  It was beautiful, inside and out- and so very toothsome!


I love the look of farm fresh eggs- the yolks are so yellow!

Here’s the recipe!


1-8 oz package cream cheese, softened

1/2 c butter or shortening

1 2/3 c granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 1/4 c all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 TBSP baking powder

1 c milk

1/2 c chopped walnuts

2 TBSP grated orange peel

1/4 c orange juice


Combine cream cheese and shortening, creaming well.

Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after each addition.

Stir in walnuts and orange peel.

Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 3 inch loaf pans.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then sprinkle orange juice or syrup over loaves. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling


They were a little plain- so I added a streusel topping-

1/2 cup flour

3 TBSP butter

1/2 cup sugar

Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour and sugar and sprinkle over

the batter and bake as above.



10 thoughts on “Fall baking…

  1. Spectacular cake – I’m all for those streusel toppings 🙂 And I LOVE the sound of your busy rye bread too – The temperature is falling away quite quickly at night now, though the last couple of days have been blue skies and sunshine, but not that warm anymore. Brrrr…. x

    • Over here we call these cool evenings “sweater weather”- I guess it would have to be “jumper weather” for you! 🙂 And I got the streusel ( crumb) topping idea from you! Thanks, again, Joanna!

  2. Freshly baked bread is truly heart-warming and like you, I love firing up the oven when the temperature goes down in winter. Not only does it warm the place, the aromas are enticing and best of all, there’s a meal at the end of all this!

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