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Pumpkin Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

1 Feb

I should be in bed.

Damn, studying for midterms has begun. It’s not too heavy yet, but I’m just waiting for it to hit. And in times like these, it’s good to have comfort food hanging around the kitchen.

This bread filled my kitchen with such a sweet smell…

Baking away

I left the house to study for a couple hours, and came back to 3/4’s of it gone. I guess warm, gooey banana bread truly is irresistible. Especially when it has a spicy pumpkin flavour and creamy sweet cream cheese filling!

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Filling


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 spotty bananas
  • 1 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan.

cream cheese, you make my heart melt

In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

In  a separate medium-size bowl, beat together bananas, pumpkin, oil, eggs, vanilla. Slowly incorporate sugars. When combined, mix in dry ingredients.

Fill half of loaf pan with batter.

Beat together cream cheese and sugar, until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture on top on pumpkin-banana batter in an even layer. Pour remaining pumpkin-banana batter into loaf pa, and spread evenly over cream cheese.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean-ish (I like my breads to be as moist as possible).

Left bread cool for half an hour before nibbling. 


I hope everyone’s midterms go stress-free!



Blog Post 1: Hola World

19 Dec

Hello! This is my first blog post, ever, and I just wanted to thank those who have encouraged me enough to actually get to this point! I am a little flustered at all the different aspects of blogging, but hopefully I’ll get it together and learn the ways of the food blogger.

To start it off, I guess I shall post one of my favourite goodies; Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Icing. These were taken from Sugar Plum with a few changes to the glaze, and the spice ratios. They are heavenly, and quite easy to make once you have made them a couple times!

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Icing

1/3 cup warm milk (not too hot!)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons oil
1 large egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (or more if needed)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons butterscotch chips
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1 tablespoon milk
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dough: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup milk, yeast and granulated sugar until well combined. Let sit for 10 minutes until yeast is activated and bubbly. Whisk in pumpkin, oil, egg, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon,  and 1/2 tsp ginger and nutmeg until well combined. Stir in flour until combined, and a dough ball forms. Lightly cover with saran wrap and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour and 30 minutes.  (A good place is in the oven: preheat it for a minute, the turn it off and place dough inside. You don’t want to cook it!)

On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness, into a rectangle. In a medium bowl, stir together butter, brown sugar and 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon until well combined; evenly spread on top of dough. Roll up dough. Slice into 10 equal pieces. Place in a greased 9-inch cake pan. Lightly cover and allow to rise in a warm area for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake rolls for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool pan on a wire rack. To make the glaze, in a medium bowl, stir together butterscotch chips, cream cheese, and 1 tablespoon milk until combined. Microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring frequently until melted (be careful: butterscotch chips tend to burn if heated for too long). Whisk in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until well combined and smooth. Drizzle glaze over cinnamon rolls.

Makes 10 cinnamon rolls

These are really fantastic on a Saturday morning, especially if you wake up early. The surprise will go down well with your family, boyfriend, roomies, or whoever!