Thanksgiving became a Federal holiday, proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln, in 1863 during the Civil War. The first recorded feast was in 1621 after the first harvest by the Colonists and shared by Native Americans as well. The "sharing" is what I remember from my school days so baking today, I decided to make a recipe with an extra loaf. I've made lots of pumpkin and cranberry breads to share, but thinking of my mother, I came up with one that she would have loved--butter pecan.
Brown Butter Pecan~Poppy Seed Loaves
12 T (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 T poppy seeds
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Spray two 9"x4" loaf pans with a baking spray and cut a piece a parchment for the bottom and spray again.
Start by browning the butter. Place in a sauce pan and on medium heat, melt the butter. It will take about 7-8 minutes to turn a nutty brown after "foaming." Add the vegetable oil to the pan and set aside to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together thoroughly. Add the vanilla extract.
Brown Butter Glaze:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 T unsalted butter, melted and browned
1 T light Karo syrup
2-3 T very hot water
Brown the butter in a small sauce pan.
Pour it over the confectioners' sugar and add the Karo syrup and 2 Tablespoons of hot water. Whisk until smooth, adding more hot water as needed to make a thick glaze. Spread over the warm bread.
Once cool, cut into the loaf and wrap up another to give--that's what Thanksgiving means to me. Enjoy!
|My new Woodland Leaves dies adorn this card I made to go with the bread that reads, "The measure of a home is the friends who frequent it!"|
Do you make Thanksgiving dinner or go to family/friends for the holiday?