A Family Favorite: Pumpkin Cardamom Bread

Pumpkin Cardamom Bread

Pumpkin Cardamom Bread

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People always say “I can’t believe how fast time is going” and that is exactly what is crossing my mind as I get to share this pumpkin cardamom bread for this month’s theme. I really mean it though, I cannot believe that it is November. Halloween done and the decor nearly put away, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then comes Christmas! Wasn’t it just summer, like, yesterday? I know that keeping busy helps to pass the time but I’d like for it to slow down just a pinch.

Ever since I shared with you how much of a pumpkin lover I am not, I’ve been showering you with pumpkin treats. Pretty ironic, isn’t it? I’ve been looking for pumpkin recipes that can celebrate the flavor without feeling like I am being pumpkin-slapped.

I was pretty fortunate when I came across this bread recipe. I wish I could tell you that I made an elaborate recipe all by myself, but there is no need to reinvent the wheel just to say that I did. I don’t even have my own version of this metaphorical wheel, so today I’m sharing a recipe that I found and enjoy.

We brought back a small jar of cardamom pods from France this summer and I adore the fragrance. I have used cardamom on occasion and I find the flavor pleasantly spiced and complimentary to cinnamon and nutmeg. I would love to hear of any savory recipes that you’ve made with cardamom because I would like to know more about this flavorful culinary treasure.

My first experience with cardamom was in a bread that a friend had baked. It was a beautiful braided loaf with sweet glaze. I’ve used cardamom in bread and cinnamon rolls. I’ve also been known to sneak it into a cake here and there!

I think one of my favorite things to do is to get my hands on something that was once ordinary and discovering ways to make it useful in my own way.

I’m on a mission to use as much of this fresh cardamom as possible so don’t hesitate to hit me up on Facebook or leave me a comment with your knowledge. :) You can also send me pins on Pinterest! Don’t be shy…

Pumpkin Cardamom Yeast Bread

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This bread is such a welcome treat after a day of candy and things I don’t normally eat. My body always reminds me of why we don’t eat like that and each year I vow to change my ways next Halloween. I’m working on it.

A slice of this toasted with almond butter and my raspberry pear jam is a really good way to start back on the right path. No sugar in my jam, I can sip my tea with this and think of the upcoming holidays. :) Are you excited?!?

I changed the spices up a bit when I made this recipe. In addition to the salt, I spiced it with 1 tsp. cardamom, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg. As for me, I had to adjust the dough by adding more flour.

I want to send out a huge thank you to my friends at Twelve Loaves along with Lora, Renee, and everyone that makes the group possible for us to bake with new themes every month. Thank you so much. :)

Have you seen what my fellow bread makers have baked for us this month?


#TwelveLoaves November-Spice. October #TwelveLoaves was about baking with Root Vegetables. It was quite a delicious month! Temperatures are dropping and it is the right moment to explore bread and SPICE! Share your November Spice Bread (yeast or quick bread). Let’s get baking!

If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!

2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.

3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this November, 2013, and posted on your blog by November 30, 2013.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes and Renee from Magnolia Days.

If you would like to try the bread recipe that I used to make this bread, you can find it by clicking here.

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  1. hipfoodiemomhipfoodiemom11-01-2013

    Pumpkin and cardamon?! oh, I love it! all of you guys did such a wonderful job this month! LOVE it!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-02-2013

      Thank you! I absolutely love all of the breads that were made. I’ll see how many I can make before the next theme is posted!

  2. Cardamom is quietly but surely turning into one of my favorite spices. The aroma is so amazing! And I bet this bread in the oven tops that! Wonderful combination Dionne, one to try!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-02-2013

      Cardamom really draws me in and I can’t help but love it. When I run out of pods to grind I’ll have to make a quick stop for some at the French markets! Thank you Paula. :-)

  3. Your passion for pumpkin is contagious. Great bread.

  4. Yeah, I can see why you didn’t feel the need to reinvent this one! What a beautiful, fluffy loaf of bread!!!

    PS…I know I’ve used cardamom in some of Dorie Greenspan’s savory recipes…but off the top of my head, I cannot remember any of them specifically :/

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-02-2013

      I will have to take a peek, Liz. I LOVE your French Fridays posts!

  5. A Baker's HouseA Baker's House11-01-2013

    I hope you find more cardamom recipes because I will be quick to add them to my list of things to bake! This looks wonderful. What a beautiful loaf of bread!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-02-2013

      Oh yes, I am up for the challenge! Maybe even a couple savory ones. Thank you!

  6. I adore the fragrance of cardamom too. When it is intensified with baking and complimentary flavors like those in your bread then it is simply heavenly.

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-02-2013

      I wish I had discovered it sooner! But I can totally make up for it. :) I love it in cinnamon rolls too!

  7. I have something on the blog I’m sure. This loaf is fabulous, Dionne. I love that you’re experimenting with pumpkin. So fantastic for #TwelveLoaves spice event this month:)

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-02-2013

      I’ll have to scroll through your photos and see if something jogs my memory. I love how I can celebrate pumpkin in a subtle way that my family really enjoys! Thank you!

  8. Your bread is beautiful! I too am shocked at how quickly time is flying. On top of that, I hear there are only three weekends in December before Christmas. Yikes!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-04-2013

      Only three?! EEK! That’s only three weekends of Christmas music and daydreaming about the fun we will have!

  9. BakingyummiesBakingyummies11-03-2013

    The bread’s got a nice rise and the crust color is beautiful! Cardamom is one of the most widely used spices in India. We use it in savory and desserts. During the chilly days, tea is rarely made without cardamom and if you want to enjoy a cup of tea from the road side vendors here, you’ll never find tea that’s not flavored with this spice irrespective of the weather.

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-06-2013

      Thank you! I would be very interested to use it in some savory recipes. I will have to look around and see what I can find! I love these cardamom pods, so fragrant and begging to be used. I’m going to add some to my tea right now.

  10. All these breads this month using cardamom…I MUST learn to like it. I am going to try your bread, because it looks fantastic!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-06-2013

      I never cared for it when I smelled the spice on its own, but once I started using it I became a big fan! Thank you for taking a peek, Dorothy. :)

  11. Oh wow! Your bread looks like perfection. That texture…I’m swooning :) Love the addition of the cardamom. It’s perfect for fall!!!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin11-06-2013

      Thank you Renee! I’m getting requests to make this bread again and again. I can’t say no since I love it too. 😀

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