So I don’t know about you, but we have been having really strange weather the past couple of weeks. One day will be sunny and 60 degrees, then the next day we will have inches of ice and snow. Then it will melt and repeat.
I am getting tired of the inches of ice and snow part, but I am loving the 60 degree days. I can get out and walk to the grocery store without freezing, open the windows, and generally enjoy the sun that I haven’t seen enough of in a while.
To celebrate these fleeting glimpses of spring (and an aunt’s birthday), I made one of my most popular desserts. The bright lemon and juicy blueberries inspire feelings of spring even on the snowy days.
This delicious lemon blueberry bread can be made in loaf pans, but for special occasions I like to bake it in my Bundt pan, making for a more beautiful presentation.
The bread itself is moist and bright. The icing, however, really “makes” it. I always put some of the icing on the bread and reserve the rest of it to spoon over each serving.
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I love pumpkin. I love pumpkin soup, pumpkin lasagna, pumpkin bread, and of course, pumpkin rolls! Growing up, my family would always buy a few pumpkin rolls from the same baker. The moist, spongy cake was delicious, but I would always eat in a spiral until I reached the center where I found a generous amount of the sweet cream cheese filling, by far the best part.
Last year was the first time I made these rolls. I was convinced that they would be difficult, that I would crack the cake when I rolled it or the thin cake would get dry too easily. They are actually quite easy to make. I’ve made a few adjustments, including adding allspice to the filling. It adds some complexity and helps keep the filling from being too sweet. You can omit it if you want, but I strongly suggest you give it a try.
These rolls are perfect for fall occasions, like thanksgiving, when pumpkin puree is on every supermarket endcap. But they’re also perfect for Christmas, New Years, or anytime. Continue reading Pumpkin Rolls