It’s that time of year again and I am embracing the holidays in full force. That means, I might have gone a tad overboard when deciding to turn the front yard into a Halloween pumpkin wonderland! And as Halloween ends, the season of giving begins and what better way to use leftover pumpkins than to bake my heart out and share treats with my neighbors.
For this I turned to one of my favorite apps – Nextdoor! If you haven’t heard about them yet, the app is a private social network for your neighborhood where you can connect with your neighbors about everything. And, Nextdoor just launched Interests, a new feature that allows you to chat and connect with your neighbors who share the same interests as you! You can curate your feed to reflect everything you’re into, or things you may want to get involved in. From Cooking to Cats, and Gardening to Tennis, there are so many different groups of other people nearby just like yourself who are excited to connect with other like minds! That being said, I have decided to take my personal Interests for a test drive and use it to share some pumpkin baked goodies some old and new friends, in the ‘hood!
The key to people’s hearts is food right? So, I whipped up these Pumpkin Spice Donuts and Pumpkin Spice Loaves to share! People are always wowed when you tell them you made donuts and baked donuts are super easy with this donut pan! To make it simple, I started with Trader Joes Pumpkin Bread Mix and added fresh pumpkin puree, along with a few extra spices and flavors.
Add the batter to a Freezer bag, seal it, and snip off a corner of the bag. A simple alternative to a piping bag, and makes clean up easy. Pipe the batter into the donut pan and bake according to recipe instructions.
Using the leftover batter, fill aluminum bread pans and top with pepitas (which are roasted pumpkin seeds).
Remove the donuts and bread from the oven and put on a rack to cool.
While the donuts and breads are baking, whip up an easy glaze for the donuts. Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 3 tbsp of milk and 1 tsp of vanilla. Stir using a whisk to get rid of any lumps.
Drizzle the donuts with the glaze and top with pepitas, or any other festive yummy topping.
Now that the goodies are baked, it’s time to prep them for delivery. Lining each baking tin with parchment paper and placing the bread back inside is a cute way to present a loaf that takes seconds. Step it up a notch by adding some baking string, and top off with adorable gift tags. These are small wood discs that are also going to be made into future holiday ornaments… stay tuned for that project!
Next up… getting the word out! Posting on Nextdoor is really easy, and takes seconds.
Select an Interest (like Cooking) to target your post and then post to spread the word of sweet treats!
I loved being able to meet new people in my neighborhood and share my love of holiday baking! Excited to start this tradition and continue to connect with other amazing people in my area.
PS- Click here to Download Nextdoor app and start sharing anything and everything with your neighbors!