Thursday, 29 October 2009

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & New York (egg free, dairy free, gluten free)

In a minute I’m going to say two words to you. I want you to listen carefully and then close your eyes. Then let all thoughts that are triggered by the two words, swirl around your head.  Do not try to control the thoughts, just sit back and let your mind run amok. When I say 'that's enough' you can open your eyes again.  There are no right or wrong answers.

Are you ready?

New York.







That’s enough.

So what did you think of? Anything? Nothing? Well let me throw out some general ones to see if they match with yours:

Friends (I know, a bit lame as my first one)

Central Park

King Kong

'Start spreading the news…'



The Empire State Building

The Twin Towers

Al Qaeda



'You want Fame.  Well fame costs and right here is where you start paying...'

I know.  My list is distinctly lacking in lofty cultural associations, but has plenty of, well, trashy ones.  Your list is probably much better isn't it?  But the point is, everyone has heard of New York and everyone has an image of New York.  Up until recently I'd seen many images of New York, but I’d never actually been there.

But what’s this? A return ticket to the Big Apple? Pig going out of the kitchen, on her own to the Land of the Free? Can this be for real?

Damn straight, girlfriend! (I picked up some of the lingo when I was there). I touched down on a Thursday night and met up with the fragrant Anna at the airport. On arrival at the hotel, there was an excruciating moment when we dithered over how to tip a doorman who had wheeled our cases 5 metres. We had a wallet full of 20’s straight from the airport ATM, but surely 20 was too much? The doorman was not budging without his tip, and as we giggled in horror, he asked deadpan if we needed to make change. He ended up with a 10 dollar tip because we were too embarrassed to ask for more than 10 dollars in change. Brits - 0, Yanks - 1.

Then in swept sassy Marie, an American born and bred, and from then on we left the tipping etiquette and all other confident American etiquette to her.

The next three days were a whirlwind of absorbing the New York buzz. Everyone spoke in such glowing terms, I was expecting a beautiful place. But it’s not beautiful in the way that Barcelona or Florence are beautiful. In fact (whisper), it’s pretty ugly isn’t it? Huge great blocks of concrete, towered over by even taller, thinner concrete creations.

There was plenty of walking during our trip, a fair amount due to us being completely unable to map read. I mean, we got lost. But we saw Chinatown, Little Italy, Tribeca, Broadway. And then a bit more Broadway and Chinatown as we looked for Soho. Tramp tramp tramp went our feet, wide wide wide went my eyes and snap snap snap went my camera. The Lady of  Liberty was looking good, and as we crowded the deck of the Staten Island ferry for a good view, a group of 20 somethings suddenly burst into beautiful harmonious singing as she hove into view.  Ok, it was a bit cheesy, but still rather wonderful.

And on it went, The Rockefeller Centre, Saks, Bloomingdales, Central Park, Soho, Noho, the Meatpackers district. Of course it’s not possible to do a city justice in 3 days, but it’s possible to have a pretty good go. And as we wandered through Greenwich Village, Marie (who needs help for that caffeine addiction) ushered us into a Starbucks. She bought us some pumpkin bread and for a New York minute (sorry), the world stood still. How delicious is Pumpkin Bread? I was transfixed.

Marie did promise me her Mum’s Pumpkin Bread recipe, but darling, I’m still waiting. So I’ve had to improvise. Even though I’m not a big fan of Halloween, I do think it’s a good excuse to cook, and in these days of pumpkin excess, what better but to cook this moist babe of a cake?

If you can eat this whilst soaking up the atmosphere of New York, so much the better. If not, never mind, it’ll still taste lovely.

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Bread
This bread is sort of like Autumn in a cake.  All those warm, aromatic spices, they fill the kitchen with a lovely fragrance.  I didn't use canned pumpkin (couldn't get it here), but I reckon you could.

1. All versions:½ tsp dried yeast
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp ground cloves (I had to grind my whole cloves in the blender)
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
120g sugar
110ml oil
150g golden syrup
200g pureed pumpkin
2tbsps sugar
50-100ml hot water

Egg free, dairy free, gluten free version:
All of the ingredients in 1. above, plus:
175g brown rice flour
75g brown (or white) Teff flour
¾ tsp xanthan gum
For the 'egg':
1 heaped tsp Orgran 'no egg' egg powder
¼ tsp xanthan gum
1 heaped tbsp ground linseeds
10g dairy free spread
4 tbsps rice milk

Gluten free with eggs version:
All of the ingredients in 1. above, plus:
175g brown rice flour
75g brown (or white) Teff flour
¾ tsp xanthan gum
1 egg

Egg free, dairy free with wheat flour version:
All of the ingredients in 1. above, plus:
250g plain flour
For the 'egg':

1 heaped tsp Orgran 'no egg' egg powder
¼ tsp xanthan gum
1 heaped tbsp ground linseeds
10g dairy free spread
4 tbsps rice milk
  • Make the pumpkin puree (which can be frozen).  Chop your pumpkin in half, scoop out all the gubbins and discard.  Cut the pumpkin into sections, then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin.  Chop quite finely, then place in a large saucepan with 2-3 tbsps of water.  Cover and heat gently, stirring occasionally until you have a pumpkin pulp.  The pumpkin releases a lot of water, so don't be tempted to add too much water at the beginning.  Add the 2 tbsps of sugar and set aside
  • Heat the oven to 170° celsius and line a 22x11cm loaf tin with baking parchment
  • For all versions, place the yeast, bicarb of soda, baking powder, all the spices, the flour you are using (either rice & Teff or wheat flour) and the xanthan gum (GF versions only) into a large mixing bowl.  Use a mini whisk to ensure it is all well mixed
  • If making an egg free version, place the 'no egg' powder, xanthan gum, linseeds, dairy free spread and rice milk  into a bowl.  Whisk well with a mini whisk until combined
  • For all versions, put the sugar into a large jug or medium bowl.  Add either the 'no egg' mix or the real egg and whisk vigorously.  Maybe put on a little music and wiggle your hips, what do you think? (I like 'The Way You Make Me Feel' by M.J. (R.I.P)
  • To your egg/'no egg' mix add the oil and whisk again ('Hey pretty baby with the high heels on...)
  • Add the pureed pumpkin and golden syrup and whisk again ('You give me fever like I've never, ever known...')
  • Now pour the egg/no egg liquid into the bowl with the flour and spices and mix until combined.  Add the hot water, GF versions will need 100ml, the wheat flour one maybe a bit less.  Mix and mix ('You're just a product of loveliness...) until it is all combined.  It will be quite a liquid mix
  • Pour it into the loaf tin and bake for about 20 mins until well risen and browning on top, but still squidgy in the middle.  Cover with tin foil and then bake for a further 20-30 mins or until an inserted cake skewer comes out clean.  Leave to cool in the tin
  • Now get out your dvd of Breakfast at Tiffany's or if you're crass like me, a box set of Friends, make a cup of tea and tuck into that cake
  • Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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Mimi said...

Love it!
I was looking at a pumpkin recipe yesterday, and decided I couldn't make it cos they don't sell p. puree here, then along you come with a perfect solution!
Glad you had such a good time there!

karen said...

I always love reading and hearing what others think of The City. I grew up having it such a part of my regular life that I think it lost a bit of its "awe" for me (but just a bit).

LOVE how you did the multiple versions of the bread ... and you know the little tie-in at the end of your post for Breakfast at Tiffany's or Friends would make this perfect for

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Pig in the Kitchen said...

Mimi, I too had a bit of a stress about the pumpkin puree. But then I looked at a can of 'Libbys' pumpkin puree that sweet Marie gave me, and the ingredients were 100% pumpkin puree. Ha! I thought, I can do that too! Thanks for your visit.

Hi Karen, wow, are you a genuine New Yorker coming to my blog??! well whether you are or not, thanks for your visit. I applaud your shameless plug, there should be more shameless plugs in the world!

karen said...

Born and bred New Yorker here! Not in The City (which is often only referred to as The City and everyone knows where you mean), but when I was a toddler we were about half an hour out and even when we lived further made regular trips for whatever reason (back to school shopping, shows, the zoo, whatever).

Potty Mummy said...

Pig, a thousand apologies. Somehow (well, I know how, and that'll teach me for allowing someone else to try and tart up my blog), you dropped off my blogroll. I can't believe all the good stuff I missed!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Karen, well I am honoured, I hope you have a genuine New York accent!

PottyM, it's ok love (sniff) I've tried not to take it personally (gulp), it was jus-just so painful. To think we had all that history and then you would neglect me in this way (sob). But it's ok, I'm ok (deep juddering sigh)
;-) Got your visa?? When are you off??! (can we blame your husband for de-blogrolling me?)

Grit said...

fantastic! and we've just been looking at south america - although we're going only as far as the front room for that holiday! - and now i want to try this bread with sweet potato. what do you think? would it work? perhaps you could adapt this to anywhere..? a travelling bread.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Sweet Grit, South America in your front room? For some reason I'm thinking of class A drugs and heavy weapons littered around the sofa...

and let's think now, could this work with sweet potato?? i don't see why not, altho you'll need quite a liquid sweet potato puree, the pumpkin puree came up quite 'wet', so make sure your sweet pot is mashed with plenty of milk or water or rice milk or tequila (south american theme, right?) and hopefully it'll work.

do let me know!

Grumpy Old Ken said...

I confess I had forgotten Halloween is mainly an American thing!

Elsie Button said...

You went to new york! have only just seen this post, it must have slipped off the radar. glad you had fun. pumpkin bread looks fab! - will make sure that gets made for halloween playdate next year x

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Hi GOK, (ooo, like Gok Kwan! Have i said that before?) yes, very big in the States, mercifully non-existent here in France.

ElsieB, NYC baby! It was lots of fun. You MUST make for halloween playdate next year, doing so would make you the perfect yummy mama...

A Modern Mother said...

New York? I think of being young and single and the Jacowitz conference center with 40k people there for Internet World!

Thanks for the recipe.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

AMM, oh to be young and single again! thanks for your visit...

missbehaving said...

You're so funny, really enjoying your blog and feeling more inspired about having to cook for 6 people every night. Thanks.
They've had to all get their own breakfast though I'm busy reading your blog.

Mark - Catering Equipment said...

Hey Pig,

I find it hard to get the time to impress in the kitchen and to be honest I need a push to get my apron on. However once Im in the kitchen I love it.

Thanks for the wonderful blog an the photos of your pumpkin Bread are making my mouth where did I put my wooden spoon? lol


Catering Equipment said...

Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.

Tom Larson said...

New York is great.
Though having only ever been there on business trips, very rarely do I get 5 minutes to breath let alone go anywhere and see anything other than hotel rooms and board meetings (boring I know!).

But one of these days I will book a few days extra and take the tour.
Lets hope I can find somewhere with Pumpkin Bread, eh!

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james.davis said...

Funny Post..had me laughing for ages!!

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james.davis said...

great blog!!!

il be passing this recipe over to my wife for her to try this the smell of fresh bread in the morning

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Frank Butcher said...

Waow!!! I made this last weekend and it came out soooo nice!!! the smell of fresh home made bread in the morning is the perfect cure to a banging headache from the night before!! keep the recipes coming


Billy Dean said...

Im still waiting to try this out. My old bread maker broke so looking to buy a new one soon. May well have to buy one this weekend to try this recipe out.


fire blanket said...

Nice post looks great, only thing that might make it better is posting images of what it looks like while you are making it.
jsut my 2 cents

Cassie said...

I made this into muffins....brill recipe...much love as always.