I Made Pumpkin Bread! (and kinda gave myself food poisoning)
Look at that pumpkin bread! Beautiful, right? It’s from the October 2018 Bon Appetit. It has a great kick from the fresh grated ginger. The pepitos and sugar on top add so much to the already perfect crunch of the top. I made the maple butter too. It’s heavenly. Here’s the thing, when you test a cake or quick bread to see if it’s done, be really sure it’s done. I must have poked it 3 or 4 times in different spots. The tester came out clean everytime but somehow I missed a spot. There was a pocket of uncooked bread in the middle. At first I sort of ignored it. I figured it was a little moist (I know, everybody hates that word. get over it) but was fine. After a day or so I got a little further in. Also let me explain that, when I bake something, I will eat it for like every meal until it’s gone. So this was like meal 4. I had kept it lightly wrapped on the counter, which I do with no issue all the time. After a little concern, I decided to cut the undercooked bit out and eat around it (don’t you judge me, it was really good). I’m sure I ate a bit of the under-cooked bit but, oh well. The thing is, I hadn’t remembered the whole temperature thing when it comes to under-cooked food. If it cools too slowly, bacteria can form and voila! Food poisoning. The good news is it wasn’t acute and horrible, just enough to remind me to pay more attention to stuff like that. Will i do it again? God I hope not. Do I regret eating all that pumpkin bread? Nope.