Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pumpkin Sugar Cake & Everyday Baking Cookbook Giveaway

Pumpkin Sugar Cake
Because it’s fall and we’re entering into serious comfort food and holiday baking season, we’re giving away three copies of The Old Farmer’s Almanac new cookbook: Everyday Baking!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking cookbook answers the burning questions with which bakers are faced each and every time they turn on their ovens:

What’s for breakfast? The most important meal of the day can be made sweet with Big-Batch Fresh Raspberry Muffins or savory with Bacon–Blue Cheese Scones.
Bacon Blue Cheese Scones
Is it possible for corn bread to be too rich? Yes, and Everyday Baking has the recipe (it’s delicious!), alongside others for quick breads such as Glazed Lemon Coconut Loaf, Pumpkin Cranberry Bread, and Wheaten Irish Soda Bread—all of which can be made in under an hour.
Entirely Too Rich Corn Bread
Which cookie goes best with milk? Try Triple-Chocolate Pecan Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Really Old-Fashioned Gingerbread People, or one of the over two dozen recipes in Everyday Baking’s cookies section.
Chocolate Mud Bars

Leave a comment with your favorite boy name and your e-mail address (We found out we’re having a boy, and yes I’m fishing for good names!).

Three winners will be picked using and announced on Tuesday, November 6. We will mail the cookbook to you. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Pumpkin Sugar Cake 
Recipe from The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking cookbook 

This "cake" can be served as a coffee cake for breakfast or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert! Please read the recipe all the way through before you begin, as it requires 1 1/2 hours of resting time.

¼ cup lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 packet (2 ½ tsp) active dry yeast
¾ cup mashed or canned pumpkin
½ cup milk, slightly warmer than body temp
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg plus 1 yolk, at room temperature
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup packed light-brown sugar
¾ cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp. cinnamon
7 TBSP unsalted butter

For dough: Pour the water in to a small bowl and sprinkle with yeast. Stir to blend, then set aside for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the pumpkin, milk, sugar, oil, egg and yolk, salt, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in the dissolved yeast. Whisk well. Add 2 cups of the flour and beat with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup at a time, beating well with the spoon for 1 minute after each addition. Do not skimp on the time: This hand beating eliminates the need to knead. Set the dough aside long enough to butter a 13x9-inch baking pan. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and into the middle of the baking pan. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Tear off a sheet of plastic wrap a little larger than your pan and oil it or coat with nonstick spray; the oil will ensure that the plastic doesn’t stick to the dough. Place the plastic on top of the dough with the oiled side toward the dough, center the plastic, and press the dough out evenly into the pan. Take your time to make it reasonably level. Remove the plastic and cover the pan with a fresh sheet of plastic wrap. Set aside at room temperature for 1 ½ hours to rest (it won’t seem to rise very much).

For topping: While the dough rests, put the brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon into a food processor and pulse until the nuts are very finely chopped. Set aside.

After 1 ½ hours have passed, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic and cover the dough evenly with the brown sugar topping. Using a fingertip, make 12 deep indentations in the dough (three evenly spaced rows of four holes). Melt the 7 tablespoons of butter and spoon evenly over the top, letting some of it drip into the holes. Bake one the center oven rack for 35 minutes. The top will be a rich golden brown, but the best indicator of doneness is total baking time. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Makes 12 to 15 servings. 


  1. Congrats! I like the name Jason
    gkuroda at gmail dot com

  2. Congratulations on your baby. for boy names.. I like Ryder and Landon

    summerdual AT gmail DOT com

  3. Here were some of the wonderful suggestions we didn't end up using: King, Mister, Doctor, Dan Druff, (and my favorite) "NO!" You can thank me later.

  4. Brian

    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  5. Congrats!! Love Ethan (not for the giveaway: I'm from Italy!).

  6. congratulations!! We like connor and ward for boy names. 10750coupons at gmail dot com

  7. I love Zach.

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  8. Congratulations on your growing baby boy! I love the name Jameson. Kendall would have been Jameson if she had been a boy.

    stacie at hometownperch dot com

  9. Miles! Can't wait to meet him and see you soon.

  10. That is so exciting! Congrats! I love the name David (:

  11. Riley, Quinn, Calvin, Wesley, and I do second Zach (Zachary). This is fun. Can I keep posting? ;)

  12. So exciting! Jacob, Benjamin, Tyler
    (email - amyber at

  13. Issac is the name of nice boys.
    Mericke at

  14. Names I love but didn't use for various reasons: Quinn, Finn, Evan, Lachlan, Simon.
    campbellkins at gmail dot com

  15. Ok, don't put me in the drawing but I love: Cohen, Becket, Ashton, West.

  16. Jackson!

    amanda.m.amell at gmail

  17. Congrats! So exciting and hope you have been feeling well! Little boys are so fun. I'm partial to Will since it's my son's name but friends just named their little one Emmett which I really like.

  18. Amos, James, Wyatt, Sawyer. I'm pretty sure there is a future nobel laureate and at least one congressman on that list.

  19. Well I think the name Lincoln (my son's name) is pretty awesome but I also love Desmond, Graham and Max.

  20. Rob. Definitely Rob. BEST. NAME. EVER. Just saying.

  21. Matthew Curtis Adamson

  22. Congratulations.

    Shea is a name I love.

  23. this is so fun! i love it!
    seems like you're getting spammed though - 'Not Rob' was NOT HELPFUL! ;)
    I like all of Jamie's suggestions! Amos and Wyatt the best! :)

  24. Congrats!! My votes are on Ethan, Jeremy, and Lucas :)
    thatandrea at gmail dot com

  25. I think you should name him Adam :)

    But Adan could work too!

  26. Good Suggestions! I see some serious contenders here. We might need to piece a few of these together to come up with the winner...Ethemy (Ethan + Jeremy), Grax (Graham & Max), Jayer (James + Sawyer), Jajamin (Jacob + Benjamin)...

  27. Bradley. Thayer. Grayson. Cory.