Monday, December 13, 2010

Spicy Style

Last night my beautiful friend was given an award for her gorgeous fashionista ways at the Hollywood Style Awards.  Our close knit group of friends and her new hubs got together to cheer her on and watch her accept the award with all of the poise and grace that comes so naturally to her. Bulbs were flashing and drinks were flowing and it certainly was the season to be jolly!
This morning I awoke with a craving for my pumpkin spice ginger bread.... Even though the thought of turning the oven on in this insane heat made me think twice, in the end my taste buds always win out!
the Chirpy Bird's Pumpkin Spice Ginger Bread.

Batch One:
1 2/3 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Batch Two:
1 1/2 sticks of melted butter
1 cup of lightly pressed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of canned pumpkin

Struesel topping
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of all purpose flour
1/3 cup of rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
3 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter

Maple Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
Melt butter and set aside to cool a little.  Sift together Batch One and set aside. Bring Batch Two together and mix until evenly incorporated. Mix together Batch One and Batch Two and fold until just brought together {never wanting to over work the flour}.
To make the Streusel, sift together dry ingredients and thing add cold butter. Bring together with your fingertips until it looks like chunky breadcrumbs.

Pour bread batter into designated dishes and top with crumble mixture. Bake in pre heated oven for around 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of your dish.  Allow to cool for around 15 minutes and them mix together the glaze and drizzle on top!
Perfect way to recover from a Hollywood holiday night out!

xx tash


  1. droool and the drizzly stuff on top looks soooo good!!

  2. How fun - congratulations to your friend! I've got company coming in all week and this bread looks like the perfect thing to have out for catching up around the table!

  3. so you just woke up.. and made this? YUM! thats wonderful news about your friend!

  4. congrats to your friend! that's nuts!
    and so is that yummy looking recipe! must try!


  5. Ohh this looks perfect for a cozy winter day (although I would brave the California heat for some as well). Can't wait to make some over my winter holidays.

  6. How fun! Congrats to your buddy! I'm completely jealous of your heat, BUT we had a snow day today... so there. ; )
    And that looks yummy... my list on recipes to try is getting longer.

  7. Oh goodness, that bread looks delicious! Especially with the maple syrup glaze. Would be perfect for breakfast on a snowy day :) You have a lovely blog, would you like to follow each other?

    - the runaway

  8. mmmmm complete goodness!!
    thank goodness for taste buds for winning!
    While your in the heat we are in the negative digits, eeeek it is freezing here!!

  9. Goodness that looks delicious! I'm so making this, perfect comfort food!

  10. Looks so delicious!!! nom nom nom :)


  11. Wow, what a delish looking bite!

    Congrats to your friend - she's such a gorgeous girl...Can't wait to see her shine again!

  12. This looks so yum! And the maple glaze...

  13. Congrats to your friend (I'll have to check out her site).
    And the pumpkin spice bread sounds delicious - especially with that maple drizzling stuff!

  14. What... you get to hang out with people who win style awards. How cool! And is that Dave Anabelle I spot on the pic. Love him! ;)

  15. Insane heat!! You're torturing me...we are in a blizzard! Looks so warm and yum as always!

  16. You can send some heat to's freezing here! This looks divine and I can't wait to try it! Cheers!

  17. sounds like SO much fun! congrats to your friend!

    xo Alison

  18. congrats to ur friend!! that ginger bread looks to divine!!

    follow if u like what u see?


  19. Congratulations Odette! And this bread deserves celebrating too! That glaze looks divine. Your baking is so inspiring!

  20. New follower! Yippee for your friend how cool is that? Love this recipe. Frankly I love anything pumpkin so I will definitely have to give this one a try!




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