October 5, 2011

a lisper's nightmare...

...but this foodie's best friend.


No, I'm not talking about the song 'All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.' (Incidentally, it's WAY too early to be breaking out the yuletide tunes. You know who you are. Take note.) I'm talking about the word streusel. It's tricky.

I think about words a lot, if you haven't noticed. In fact, if I wasn't a scientist, I'd probably be an etymologist (which is, itself, a fun word). I found a site listing a bunch of commonly mispronounced words and phrases, and actually discovered that there are a few things I've been saying incorrectly all these years. (Cardsharp? Really?)(Spit and image? I feel foolish.)



Back to my original word: streusel, German for 'something strewn.' The 'something strewn' atop this batch of tasty, moist pumpkin bread is loaded with oh-so-buttery clumps of cinnamon-scented oats. If you're going to strew something, strew that. I like the golden raisins in this, too--they offer a nice, sweet chew to complement that which I strew. It's true.

Meet my new neighbor, Squirrel Haggard. ('Squirrel' is also a troublemaker of a word, both to spell and say.)

Ah, words. For the record, I'm a misocapnistic mumpsimus who suffers a bit from tachyphagia, is a proud logophile, and practices autotonsorialism. Also, beginning next week, you'll be able to read my words in another forum--I'll share more info soon!

Pumpkin Bread with Topping (it's lisp-friendly!)
(makes 2 loaves)

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup golden raisins

Streusel:
1/4 cup butter, cold
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350º F. Grease and flour the bottom of two 8″ loaf pans. To make the topping, mix together all the topping ingredients using a fork or pastry cutter until combined thoroughly.
In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated. Stir in pumpkin puree.
In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk together until no lumps remain. Add half of the flour mix to the pumpkin mix, blending well. Beat in buttermilk. Add remaining flour mix and beat lightly until smooth. Fold in the raisins.
Pour batter evenly into the two prepared 8″ pans. Cover each with half of the topping mix. Bake at 350º F for 70-80 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

48 comments:

Southern Cernock said...

oh my gosh, i've got to make this. i love pumpkin

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your neighbor is very cute and your bread looks just irresistible!

Cheers,

Rosa

Foodycat said...

Your neighbourly nutrat is very cute! And I do love a streusel topped cake.

I haven't needed to say "barbiturate" often enough to consider how I pronounce it!

Becki's Whole Life said...

I love the streusel on here - it is strewn on your bread very nicely:-).

I don't know what it is, but when I see anything with buttermilk it really gets my attention. It is somewhat unusual to see buttermilk in pumpkin bread so this is very interesting! Also like the golden raisins. Not a huge fan of the dark raisins in baked goods, but I love golden raisins for some reason - this really sounds great!

Sue/the view from great island said...

I love streusel, if I could I'd strew/strow? it on everything. Your bread looks great, really moist.

bellini said...

Love the streusel topping on one of my favourite loaves.

TKW said...

Had to laugh at the title! Everything is better with streusel.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Ummmm please send me a slice of this....now please!

Marjie said...

I've spent plenty of money correcting lisps in 4 of my kids, so I can make them Streusel Swirl Sweets, like yours. And I like Squirrel Haggard. Hope he's not too loud when you need quiet!

Mimi said...

I'm all for streusel on my baked treats. However,your new neighbor might appreciate some nut in his treats.
Mimi

Half Baked said...

I can never get enough struesel! yummy. Adorable new neighbor!!

Catherine said...

I find it hilariously cruel that there is an "s" in the word lisp.

I want to steal Mr. Haggard, he looks delightful :')

Mmm I've never tried streusel... (or thtreuthel... sorry, couldn't resist).

LynnieBNC said...

Um, if you wanted to be a word scientist, you'd be an entYmologist, not an eYtmologist!! This bread sounds fabulous, though, I mutht admit! LOL

Pam said...

Oh, I wish I baked!

Oh, and words. It was sometime this year that I realized that it wasn't "intensive purposes" it was "intents and purposes"

Robin Sue said...

squirrel haggard- hahaha! My son lispsed and grew out of it. Cute when they are little but not as teenagers. I had a student that lisped so saying Mrs. Joss was a nightmare!

Hornsfan said...

loving the pumpkin recipe :)

Barbara said...

Perfect pumpkin loaf, Grace, strewn with streusel....the best part of any cake.

Can't wait to hear your news!

LyB said...

You must be as good at crosswords as you are at baking! And I am soooo happy I just discovered the link to your Facebook page! Yay!!!

Erica said...

This looks like a great bread! I can’t wait to give it a try!

lisa is cooking said...

Those golden raisins look delightful in this. And, I always love a streusel topping. Spit 'and' image--never knew that!

~~louise~~ said...

Who needs the bread when you can devour all that streusel? I'm not partial to pumpkin as an ingredient but, me oh my, I do love my streusel! (I've checked and rechecked to make sure I've spelled in correctly:)

Thanks for sharing, Grace...

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh yes streusel with or without a lisp means delicious! :D And I had no idea that was why it was called that!

Joanne said...

You've just increased my vocabulary ten-fold with this post. Love you for that.

Youve also increased my waistline ten-fold...cause I'm gonna have NO control when I make this!

Kerstin said...

I finally bought some pumpkin puree yesterday and can't wait to bake with it - this looks just perfect!

pierre said...

i need this struesel right now !!pierre

culinography said...

Mmmm... streusel-topped anything is okay in my book! This looks wonderfully delicious! Makes me want to bake...

Karen | Divine Dinner Party said...

Thanks for sharing the origin of the word and what it actually means. I'll think about using it in a sentence later.

This looks amazing! I could hardly imagine a world without streusel you know. I just love your pumpkin bread, looks sweet and moist.

MaryBeth said...

I love pumpkin...this is wonderful Grace

Pam said...

BOOKMARKED!!! This bread looks fantastic - I love pumpkin anything and top it with streusel? Yes please!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Even though I'm a bit of a logophile myself, I still had to look up some of those words in your last paragraph! Your pumpkin streusel bread looks great. (Well, except for the raisins, anyway, but that's just me.)I love the streusel topping! :)

Emily said...

It's that time of year! Your pumpkin bread looks great, Grace!

Von said...

:S I have no idea what you said in that second last sentence! I don't have a thing for words ;) But I do have a thing for struesel! I love the sound of cinnamon scented oats!

The Blonde Duck said...

So much better than mine!

Angie's Recipes said...

Love your new neighbour ;-)) Lucky you having them around.
Pumpkin bread looks gorgeous.

Hungry Dog said...

I was just eyeing a can of pumpkin in my pantry today--good timing. Thi sounds great. I like words too but out of laziness tend to stick to the easy ones!

Juliana said...

Grace, your pumpkin bread looks delicious especially with the golden raisins in it...and yes the topping looks like a great addition to the already yummie bread :-)
Hope you have a great week ahead!

kellypea said...

I'm saving my tastebuds for this a couple more weeks. My brain still hasn't warmed up to traditional fall flavors yet. Renegade. : / But that topping...mmmm...just maybe it could snap me into action.

Beth said...

This looks amazing! And I can pronounce it, but I always have to double-check how to spell streusel (sp?).

shaz said...

Card sharp? And champing at the bit! Thanks for the new things I learn all the time Grace. Now I'm off to google all those other difficult words ;) Btw, the bread looks delish.

Neil | Butterfield said...

Wow! this post gives new meaning to pumpkin! Love the pics as well.

Faith said...

Oh my, I know exactly what you mean about it being too early for Christmas songs (and thank you for saying it!)...do we secretly run in the same circles, Grace? :) Lol! Your bread looks fantastic...especially with that topping!

Lisa said...

I never thought of baking a sweet bread like Pumpkin with a topping. Sounds delicious. Will have to try it next time I bake some.

Gloria said...

Look amazing Grace and delicious of course Im sure, love your pictures!! gloria

kimberleyblue said...

I spent a lot of time on that mispronunciation site! I never knew I said such wrong, wrong things!

I love pumpkin bread. I love streusel. I love everything about this post. Yum! Looks awesome.

Cara said...

A slice of this would be oh-so-good right now. Love me some pumpkin and raisins! Can't wait to hear what your news is :)

Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits said...

My big word goof, recently corrected, is I thought rabble-rouser was rebel-rouser. It made sense to my Southerness.

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Love this time of year and especially with all of the wonderful pumpkin delights. All I can say is I sure wish I had a slice of this RIGHT now. Have a good weekend.

Lori said...

Hmmm pumpkin- another lovely!

I have to go check out that site. Lump--a numpalus...? Must go.