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The Joy of Gathering

The Joy of Gathering 

by Shayla Anderson 

As we head into the season of gathering this year may look different then years past. But many things will remain the same. Sharing that same love and joy, preparing and enjoying delicious family recipes and being together around a candle lit dinner. 

This is the year for new traditions. For the simple moments to be highlighted and turned into big moments. By creating a warm atmosphere for your family, dimming the light and sharing a meal around candle lite. The simple moments can be transformed into the sweetest moments.

Today I am going to share with you the most delicious autumn bread that I love to have for breakfast with coffee or dessert with an evening tea. This Cream Cheese Swirled Pumpkin Butter Bread by Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest is one of my favorite recipes this time of year. The combination of flavors hit the spot. I hope you enjoy it too. 

Cream Cheese Swirled Pumpkin Butter Bread


•1 cup pumpkin butter 

•1 cup canned pumpkin purée 

•3/4 cup melted coconut oil 

•1/2 cup maple syrup 

•3 large eggs

•1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

•3 cups all-purpose flour 

•2 teaspoons baking powder

•1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

•2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

•1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 

•8oz cream cheese softened 

•1/2 cup cinnamon sugar 


1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter 2 (9×5 inch) bread pans.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin butter, pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt, mix until just combined. Divide half the batter evenly between the prepared bread pans.

3. Spoon teaspoon size amounts of the cream cheese over the batter, using 4 ounces of cream cheese per bread pan. Gently swirl the cream cheese using a sharp paring knife. Sprinkle 2-4 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar over each pan, then evenly spoon the remaining batter over each bread pan, it's OK if all the cream cheese is not covered. Sprinkle 2-4 tablespoons cinnamon sugar over each pan.



4. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is just set.

5. Meanwhile, make the honey butter. In a small bowl, combine the butter, honey, and a pinch of salt.

6. Remove the bread and let cool, or enjoy warm with extra honey butter.

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