It’s all pumpkin, all the time right now. It was fine and dandy last week when *gasp* it was below 70°F and I contemplated turning on the heat. Today it was 97°F and it’s expected to be in the high 80’s for the next week. Even though it’s not pumpkin weather, I’ve decided that this week will be Pumpkin Week on Pink Stripes. All posts, with the exception of one, will be pumpkin posts.
This week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays selection–Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Cakes–starts off the week with a fantastic bang. It’s a cookie! It’s a cake! It’s a cookie cake! This cinnamon-nutmeg spiced treat reminds me of a whoopie pie. It may actually be a whoopie pie, 2 round cakes sandwiching a creamy filling. Yup, I think this fits the bill.
Thanks to Debbie of Every Day Blessings of The Five Dee’s for hosting this week. If you would like the recipe, visit her blog or buy the book.
In a couple weeks I’m hosting a pizza get-together. It’s a house re-warming party :P. I’ve invited friends to bring their favorite toppings and I’ll have different types of dough and sauces. I’m making the standard Mark Bittman pizza dough, a whole-wheat version of the same, the semolina bread version from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. I’ve made all of them before, so I know they work and work well. I’ve been wanting to try the Quick Beer Pizza Dough from the King Arthur Flour catalog for awhile and thought it would be great for the party.
When I was in San Francisco last month, I had lunch with one of my bestest friends from high school, Melissa, and her sweet pea of a daughter, Sam. Melissa took me to Zante Pizza & Indian Cuisine in the Mission District for vegetarian Indian Pizza. I’ve been craving Indian pizza since then and wanted to try the beer dough before using it for the party. I found a recipe for Creamy Pumpkin and Cashew Curry in the October 2009 issue of bon appetit and thought it would be a perfect topping for a pizza on Vegan Tuesday.
I liked making the curry because it was the first time I used a whole pumpkin in cooking/baking, the first time I used curry leaves, and I love the spices/smells of Indian cuisine. What I didn’t like was the coconut cream. It made the curry too sweet and even adding curry powder and more spices didn’t cut the sweetness. I should have went with my first though which was not to use the cream or to only use 1/2 the amount. I now have a 1/2 bottle of coconut cream. I guess I will have to have a piña colada party. 😛
The pizza dough came together quickly. I divided it into 5 ounce portions, using one for my pizza and freezing the rest. The dough was delicious. Baked up beautifully and the beer flavor was subtle. I was a bit worried about that because I was worried the stout I used may have been too intense.
You can find the recipe for the Creamy Pumpkin and Cashew Curry HERE.
You can find the recipe for Quick Beer Pizza Dough HERE.