Feeling very on cue with this post today. The leaves are changing, that autumn crispness is in the air, and we are all cozying up under the biggest blankets we can find while sipping our respective hot drinks.
Autumn always feels productive to me – whether that be in a creative or academic sense, it brings out a busyness and a need to fulfill. I can trace this back to September and the classic back-to-school mode that I still fall into so easily, but I think there’s more to it. Is it a nesting instinct? Preparation for the possible isolation that winter often brings? It feels good to know that even if you’re snowed in or cozied away from the rain you’ll have something to do, to work on. At least for me.
I am in NYC right now, and this mid-October break/vacation seems like the perfect way to transition into a more consistent and reliable schedule. Sebastian and I are moving into our new place as soon as we get back to Vancouver, and I’m looking forward to setting up, decorating, and cooking some healthy, wholesome meals in our new home.
Baking is one of my favorite ways to make a new place feel like home. Late-night cookies or early morning bread baking – it is almost like a right of passage into that new space. I baked this loaf a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to share it but kept getting sidetracked. It was a rainy Sunday (when I seem to do all of my bread baking) and the apartment slowly warmed to the smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and yeasted baking bread.
While I love banana bread and other types of cake-like loaves there is an undeniable specialness about kneading, proofing, and baking bread from scratch in your own home. I like this recipe because it is simple but looks impressive (those swirls tho). It is nothing fancy and only takes about 30 minutes of active time but it turns out perfectly. I put together some step-by-step photos to show the rolling and twisting process of the dough, I hope that makes it easier to follow along. Have a great week, babes! xx
Pumpkin Spice & Chocolate Swirled Loaf
Makes 1 loaf
If your kitchen isn’t warm enough for the first prove of the dough, you can turn your oven onto 200 and set the bowl on the counter nearby. It works perfectly.
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