Japanese Pumpkin Cake


I love all of the fall pumpkin treats. Cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, pancakes, donuts, and breads. But they are all mostly flavored with the blend of pumpkin pie spices (which I love). But what I like about Japanese pumpkin flavored things is that there are no spices. It’s straight up pumpkin. Actually, a Japanese pumpkin (kabocha) is similar to a buttercup squash. So you really taste the natural sweetness of the squash in this bread.

I doubled the recipe and filled two small loaf pans. I did measure all of the ingredients exactly as the recipe said. This bread is light, moist, and mildly sweet. Not the typical fall pumpkin spice flavors you might be used to, but a delicious sweet bread.


Recipe from is Elinluv’s Sweet Delights Blog at the following link:

Japanese Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

With Aya’s maternity leave over, she’s back at work and wanting to do everything possible to keep her milk supply up. Which includes eating tons and tons of oatmeal. She’s never been a huge fan of oatmeal, so she researched a lot of different recipes to keep it interesting. Apple cinnamon, peanut butter and jelly, and this one; pumpkin pie! We’ve all been enjoying this one.


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pancakes!

I thought this would be a perfect way to start off Halloween. Pumpkin pancakes with Halloween faces >:  This recipe called for only 6 Tbs pumpkin puree, so I put in half of the can. I also doubled the cinnamon and cut the ginger in half. Because of the added pumpkin these weren’t so light and fluffy. They were nice and moist which we really liked. And Ellie especially loved the faces.


Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Bread!

This looks perfect and tasted great! I roasted a pie pumpkin and pureed it instead of using the canned puree. It calls for olive oil instead of regular which I used. I liked the different flavor it brought. This was good, moist, and not overly sweet.


Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Chili and Corn Bread

What says “fall” more than chili? How about pumpkin chili? Yes!

Pinterest is a great place to find pumpkin recipes which is where I found this one. This picture on the website looked great! I love that the pumpkin added great color and texture to this chili, but unfortunately it didn’t add as much pumpkin flavor as I had anticipated. So for lunch tomorrow I’m going to add cubed butternut squash to maybe kick up the pumpkin-ish flavor a notch or two.

This wasn’t bad at all. This was a good solid chili recipe but not my favorite. I’ve made eleven different chili recipes of the past year or so and I’d rate this one a 7.9 overall. I can’t give it an 8, but 7.5 seems too low. I’m hoping my modification edges it up a few points.

Update: I made the modifications to this chili and it helped a lot! So I guess technically it’s a pumpkin/squash chili. Either way, it bumped the rating up to an 8.5!

When looking for cornbread recipes I went for Paula Deen’s super easy recipe, but this was a little flavorless. It had excellent moisture and texture, but was kind of bland. I definitely wouldn’t make this one again. But it got great reviews online so maybe I’m missing something.


Pumpkin Chili

Moist and Easy Cornbread