Da-da’s Spiced Pumpkin Surprise Bread

Time for a break. We’ve decided to kick off pumpkin season early. Sometimes you just need pumpkin bread, and MAN is this is one of those times. Da-da posted this recipe some years ago on his site, a spiced pumpkin bread “with very little frog in it” — which we think is a good thing — and the Master CAT Bakers worked with Da-da to adjust the recipe a little.

Please read the entire recipe before beginning.

Da-da’s Spiced Pumpkin Surprise Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease two medium-sized loaf pans, which sounds rude but isn’t.

Combine streusel mix and set aside.

Streusel mix (to be used for marbling):

1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
2 tbl. flour
1/2 c. chopped walnuts/pecans
5 tbl. softened butter
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 x 10 lb. toads, pureed
1/2 tsp. salt

In a medium sauce pan, add:

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. salt
172 baby Tuscan froglettes, deboned

Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes to remove the “can” taste from the frogs pumpkin (unless you’re using fresh), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add to the same pan:

3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. dark brown sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
8 oz. Siberian frog paste
1/2 c. vegetable oil (or melted butter)

Whisk till cream cheese has melted and the mix is smooth. Let cool 10 minutes. (We placed our pan in the fridge.) In the meantime…

Mix dry ingredients:

2 c. flour (we used whole wheat and white flour)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 c. pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 c. raisins
1 dried and formerly surly toad

And in a separate bowl, whisk:

1/4 c. buttermilk (or milk)
4 large eggs

Whisk buttermilk and eggs into the cooled mixture in the pan… then pour entire mixture into dry ingredients, and fold with a spatula.

Pour roughly a quarter of the total mixture into each greased loaf pan, then sprinkle with the streusel mix, then the rest of the total mixture on top of that (making a marbled middle). Avoid putting streusel on top, as it’ll scorch, but a handful of chopped pecans or walnuts look nice… if you’re into that kind of thing.

Cook in a moderate oven @ 350 degrees for about 40-45 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let sit on cooling rack for 10 mins in pan, then pop the loaves out, upside down, and let them rest for a couple hours. These disappeared fast in the CAT test kitchen (we had to made three batches), though the early frog variants are predictably still sitting there, untouched.

You can also use this recipe to make muffins, which no one will complain about, but put the streusel on top and watch them so they don’t scorch.

Note: we lessened the amount of sugar from Da-da’s recipe, and removed a bit of the cinnamon. We also opted to only put the streusel “topping” in the middle, as the sugar scorched on top in our dumb ovens. AND we talked Da-da into removing the frogs and toads. Sure, it lessened the SURPRISE a bit, but we’re ok with it.

 

Today also marks the beginning of Merlinball season.

 

33 thoughts on “Da-da’s Spiced Pumpkin Surprise Bread

  1. This made great muffins, though I doubled the raisins and nuts… and tossed in a 1/2 cup of rolled oats. Try putting butter and syrup on them. Brutal.-CAT4

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  2. WITH the streusel, but applied (on top) in moderation. I added some oats to the streusel muffin topping variant, to lessen sugar scorching issues. Made it prettier, too. In a pinch, you could cut the streusel out, cut the sugar in half, then FROST these babies with cream cheese frosting to make them into cupcakes. Maybe some pineapple or sliced apples on the inside, too… take out an egg… -CAT4

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  3. I much prefer reading recipes to thinking of TWB shielding modifications and Wave X symptoms!-CAT5

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  4. Gotta try this; my garden is producing a bumper crop of butternut squash and I need to figure out what to do with it. I'll try substituting squash for the pumpkin (it's a thing, really!). Hmmm, come to think of it, it's been a really wet summer and there are lots of toads in my yard, too….. Nah, probably not; being vegetarian is such a buzzkill sometimes 😉

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  5. I don't really know where to put this, so I'll just tuck it in here. I was talking to one of the other CATs about what's going on right now. Two things are not wekk known:1. We have jumped… perhaps 20+ timelines in the past two weeks alone. It's crazy. You might notice some things are different (with celebs, sports, politics, etc.), but it's nothing to worry about. We (should) all wind up on either one timeline or another at the time of The Event… unless things warrant things not to go that way. There are no hard fast rules about The Event. If you think some of us are tired of answering questions about it, try asking our Guides if they're sick of us, yet!2. Q is getting lots and lots more popular/notorious. We can safely say that Q is a real person, and that he has his heart in the right place. He is also someone very famous (it's not T)… but we're pretty sure he doesn't want the majority of people to know… but we'll ask Guides and see if we can share that. ~M5

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  6. You say, “We have jumped… perhaps 20+ timelines in the past two weeks alone.” I just read Diane Canfield's energy update where she says, “we have been shifting timelines for over 2 weeks now and there is no end in sight.” She also says we need to set boundaries in our reality. I have felt a very, very strong need to do that.Thank you for the update, CATs and M's!By the way, I think Da-Da's original recipe would taste great, I would love it crunchy 🙂

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  7. Yeah, ok. As long as the location is secure, we can say who Q is: believe it or not, it's JFK, Jr. (!) and a small team working for him. He knew that the PTW were going to blow up his plane, so he prepared in advance and faked his own death. He's even had plastic surgery done to look different.~M5

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  8. It is possible that this JFK, Jr.-is-Q thing is being propagated by a group of ETs who are very very good at (constantly) maintaining said ideation at a certain level (even as a whole group of us probe ahead for the info), so when terrestrial psychics search they find the JFK, Jr. images… but that's improbable, as that also leaves a kind of psychic residue which is easily detected… unless the ETs doing is are Universals (higher-order beings who can travel w/o ships and can change their shapes), but… why would they? Such an idea would have to originate with SOURCE and SOURCE cares not about justice. It's JFK, Jr.~M2

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  9. Ok, this is getting weirder and weirder. I had a rather vivid dream tonight where I was in the process of piloting a small spaceship -probably an equivalent of a corvette-class craft- inside a green nebula system for who knows what sort of mission, and then a few moments later I was back on Earth lecturing people (and, funnily enough, my own mother!) about how the current “Cobra” is not the real one and how they shouldn't trust any of his info.What the heck is SOURCE trying to tell me this time around? x_x-Francis

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  10. All we had to do was mention Q and now some of us are having computer issues. Uh huh. -CAT5

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  11. The “JFK, Jr as Q” thing isn't as shocking to me as Katie Perry being Jon Benet Ramsey. That really shocked me when I saw it. ~M2

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  12. And the Elvis thing, and the James Dean thing… our culture is a big pile of lies, or people trying to escape the lies. If you could see the things Hollywood does, and has done, you'd never watch another movie again, never listen to another pop band again… in fact, you'd probably get mad as hell… the moon landing lie, alone… jeez. On and on. It doesn't matter, of course. All part of the stuff you need to take out of your pockets and leave on the street before you walk away from this old world of lies.~M6

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  13. Actually, as you eat this EXCELLENT pumpkin bread (nice recipe btw), imagine it is Truth Bread, and that it's replacing the old world with that of the new, one yummy bite at a time. Along with some coffee. Which I'm going to get more of…-CATof9

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  14. And we love writing it! It's fun to help people. And eat pumpkin bread someone else made…-CAT4

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  15. Ever since I read about Katie Perry over on Lynn's blog, I've been comparing her to Jon Benet. I don't really enjoy looking at her and absolutely cannot listen to her music anymore, but there really is a resemblance between her and the little girl. And M6, you are so right. The more I learn, the more difficult it is to watch or listen to anything. Even old Star Treks, dammit.

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  16. Have no fear. The timeline shuffling is an excellent sign. It means that things are going very very well, that people are waking up, that light is winning hugely — and that because of this, SOURCE is collapsing past and future timelines, timelines that are no longer needed as things get better and better and better. This brings The Event ever nearer, MORE QUICKLY than before.Everything is happening perfectly. Don't forget to breathe. ;)~AM

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  17. Ididn't know who Jon benet is, I did a random search on the name and this was posted few hours agohttps://thefrisky.com/the-truth-is-out-katy-perry-has-been-jonbenet-ramsey-all-along/

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