Whether used in pie or the infamous Starbucks latte, the sweet yet balanced flavour of pumpkin is celebrated during the cool autumn season because it brings feelings of warmth, comfort and happy memories. While all recipes using pumpkin taste delicious, we decided to get creative and create pumpkin bread shaped in another fall favourite - the acorn! Charming and absolutely delectable, these sweet treats are filled with the flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg and are topped off with wholesome walnuts for an unbeatable crunch. Perfect for an everyday treat or for a Thanksgiving dessert, these addictive Pumpkin Spiced Acorns are sure to be loved by everyone lucky enough to try one!
Step 1 - Prepare Pumpkin Bread
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/5 cups flour
- 1 tps baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 can pumpkin
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a loaf pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs and oil together until well combined. In a second bowl, mix flour, baking sode, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly add flour mixture to the sugar mixture while adding small amounts of water between each addition. Beat in pureed pumpkin to the mixture and mix until well combined.
Bake for 55-65 minutes or until a knife or wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the loaf. Cover and cool completely before slicing.
Step 2 - Prepare Cream Cheese Icing
- 1/2 package cream cheese
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
In a medium sized bowl, mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until well combined. Gradually add small amounts of the powdered sugar until you reach a smooth, thick consistency.
Step 3 - Mix Icing & Pumpkin Bread Together
When the pumpkin bread has cooled, break off sections and crumble small bits into a large bowl.
Spoon the cream cheese icing into the bowl of pumpkin bread crumbs and mix until well combined. The mixture should be moist and hold together well. Leave some of the icing for later and keep refrigerated.
Step 4 - Mold & Dress Acorns
Using clean hands, roll small balls of the pumpkin bread mixture into the shape of an acorn. Using your fingers or the bottom of a smooth surface, push the acorns down so the top portion is flat and straight. Cover and cool the pumpkin acorns in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.
When the acorns have cooled, use a butter knife to spread some of the remaning cream cheese icing on the flat surface. You can also dip the acorn in the icing but be sure to cover only the top section of the shape and clean off anything that drips onto the sides.
Dip the acorns chopped walnuts so all of the cream cheese icing is covered. Insert a small piece of a pretzel into the top of the acorn and chill before serving.
With a perfect balance of sweetness with the flavour of cinnamon and nutmeg, these addictive Pumpkin Spiced Acorns are sure to please your friends, family and co-workers this autumn! And if you're looking for a way to make their presentation extra special, we suggest scattering some of our colourful Autum Leaf Eco Confetti on your plate or platter. Not only will your love ones receive a pumpkin-flavoured treat, but they'll get to take some of the seed paper confetti to grow a garden of wildflowers!
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