Julie Lyles Carr: O My Pumpkin

Thursday, November 17, 2011

O My Pumpkin

About 3 years ago, I posted my pumpkin bread recipe. In rhyme. With pictures.

I think I had a lot more energy then.

Whatever.

So here's the recipe and rhyme again, in honor of the fact that I baked today. And it was good.

Others may find their joy in turkey, tom and hen
But I will not willingly follow them
My love is too pure, my taste too refined
There is only one Autumn flavor, sublime

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Containing just 1 3/4 cup of flour
Should one wish to bake for an hour
Just a 1/2 cup each of brown and white sugar
Stirring to make a batter merger

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And spices, oh delightful spices!
Bringing your sweet aromas, innocent vices
A teaspoon of cinnamon, a half teaspoon of ginger
Skip across our tongues and linger

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A half teaspoon of nutmeg, another of cloves
Bring children running to the kitchen in droves
The leavening magic of a teaspoon of baking soda,
A quarter of baking powder, almost to the coda

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A teaspoon of salt, 2 eggs, a half cup melted butter
Render me helpless, bringing a delighted shudder
And then the crowning glory, one cup pumpkin
Six ounces butterscotch chips, appetite a'workin'

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So to you, my Pumpkin Bread
I choose you instead
Over all the hype and turkey mania
Of the Thanksgiving table paraphenailia


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The Pumpkin Poet Laureate,


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