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Pumpkin Tea Cake

September 19, 2012

Inspired by my Slate colleague’s decision to pen (type?) You’re Doing It Wrong: Pumpkin Bread, I thought I’d share the recipe that inspired it all (or at least the most important part: beer!). OK fine, mine is a cake and not a bread (note: this is easily the least healthy recipe I will share on this here blog, but it’s worth it, on occasion), but it’s vegan! I developed (re: adapted) it with a friend last year inspired by her favorite pumpkin-based recipe from the  Tartine cookbook. I think it was actually her idea to add the beer–maybe we were drinking it at the time?–but it’s served me well. Plus if you’re not drinking while baking, you’re doing it wrong.

For some reason, I’m always tempted to underbake things. It’s a bad habit, but not as bad when you’re a vegan and underbaking is less dangerous (no raw eggs!). You’ll probably want yours to be a bit more well-done, but no matter what the outcome will be a dense cake that somehow still feels light–a winning combination. (Also, if you’re looking for something to do with the extra pumpkin, may I suggest a chocolate cake?)

Pumpkin Tea Cake

1 2/3 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tbs ground cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 cup + 2 tbs pumpkin puree
1 cup canola oil
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tbs pumpkin ale
1 tsp flax meal

Preheat the oven to 325. Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

Mix together the pumpkin ale (I went with Blue Moon because that’s the kind of girl I am) with the flax meal in a small bowl. For all intents and purposes this is your “egg replacement.”

Mix all the other liquid ingredients in a medium bowl.

Combine with the pumpkin ale/flax seed mixture and stir well. Combine with the flour mixture and mix lightly–don’t overdue it.

Spray two loaf pans and evenly distribute the batter.

Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour and let cool for 10-15 minutes.


One Comment leave one →
  1. Rimone permalink
    September 20, 2012 12:53 am

    looks great! i wish i knew where they sold pumpkin ale, or pumpkin puree for that matter, in israel 😦

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