Recipes inspired by Musicals: Cinderella

Sunday, October 27, 2013
I was enchanted by Cinderella when I watched it as a little girl. I can't remember if I first saw it in the theatre or on TV, but I do remember daydreaming about acting in it ... as the Fairy Godmother. I don't know why I didn't aspire to be Cinderella, but I spent the next few months waving an imaginary wand and singing "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo".

Maybe it was the magic. I couldn't resist the allure of transforming mice into horses, and a pumpkin into a coach.  And now that I'm an adult? Transforming pumpkin into this perfect fall loaf is all the magic I need.

Pumpkin Apple Bread
(adapted from October 1993 issue of Gourmet magazine)

For the topping
1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened

For the bread:
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground allspice
8 ounces solid-pack pumpkin
3/8 cup vegetable oil, such as canola oil
1 1/8 cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped small (about 1 cup)

Make the topping: In a bowl, blend the flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9” x 5” loaf pan.  Into a medium bowl, sift together both flours, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.  In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, canola oil, sugar and eggs.  Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, stirring until the mixture is combined well.  Fold in the apple pieces and pour into the pan.

Sprinkle the topping evenly over the loaf and bake in the middle of the oven for 50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.  Let the loaf cool in the pan on a rack for 45 minutes, remove from the pan and let it cool completely.  Wrapped well in plastic wrap and foil, bread keeps well chilled for 1 week and frozen for 1 month.


Anonymous said...

That's fall in a loaf! The combination of pumpkin and apple sounds delicious.

Sarah said...

I loved Cinderella too! And this bread looks gorgeous.

Gloria Baker said...

I love this breaf anf love Cinderella too!!

Belinda said...

Both are classics! So moist and wonderful!

Valerie Gamine said...

Cinderella is timeless (I always wanted a Fairy Godmother!).
This pumpkin apple bread looks delicious - I just want to spoon up some of that topping!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I loved Cinderella too. Just made pumpkin bars this weekend. This sounds great too. I'll have to try it.

Angie's Recipes said...

The pumpkin bread looks really moist and moreish, Beth. I love the streusel topping.

Joanne said...

I have some leftover pumpkin in the fridge that definitely needs a pumpkin bread transformation! Love this!

Anonymous said...

I think I was Cinderella (or a princess of some sort) for Halloween when I was a little girl! I remember wearing sneakers (tennis shoes... whatever you call them!) with my dress and feeling silly haha.

Your bread recipe sounds marvelous. Yum!

CQUEK said...

YUUUUM!!!! That looks beyond good.

grace said...

very clever inspiration! i love that topping. :)

Bonnie said...

Beth, I have to smile because I use a "magic wand" as a pointer in my classroom. Sometimes when feeling silly I will sing the the bibbidi bobbidi boo song. The pumping apple bread sound yummy! Have a wonderful week! Bonnie

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

OOh, this bread sounds so wonderful. - YUM!

Vicki Bensinger said...

I loved Cinderella then and now. Whenever the original is on I'll always watch it. It's the perfect fairy tale. Your pumpkin apple bread looks delish especially with all the flavors of fall in it. I'm sure it's tasty and moist.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Cinderella was a childhood favorite, and just like the movie this bread is magical! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Cinderella was my favorite!

Barbara said...

I think every girl loves that Cinderella story! Didn't we all have a Cinderella costume for Halloween? I sure did.
Love your cake, Beth, especially the streusel topping.

Julie said...

Pumpkin and apples are so good together and just say fall. Delicious recipe and who doesn't love Cinderella!!! Have a great week.

Kitchen Riffs said...

This bread is so perfect for Cinderella! And we're all about pumpkin and other squash at the moment, so it's perfect for us. Really nice - thanks.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

My next pumpkin bread will definitely contain apples!! Such a glorious loaf, Beth!!!

Katerina said...

I think Cinderella is every girl's dream when it comes to marriage! I love your pumpkin bread Beth especially because it is infused with apples!

Unknown said...

Looks wonderful, a magical combination for sure!

Jessica Lawson said...

My daughter LOVES the Disney version of Cinderella (her favorite is Gus-Gus, one of the mice). This recipe looks perfect for Autumn!

Daniela Grimburg said...

I loved to read this post,Beth, it's so charming!
Transforming a pumpkin into a coach sounds very tempting but transforming a pumpkin into a delicious apple pumpkin bread sounds even more interesting :)

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, loving absolutely everything about this recipe and the whole post - your recipe using pumpkin purée and all those delicious, warm spices sounds nothing short of amazing!

lisa is cooking said...

I like this pumpkin transformation! The chunks of apple look great in the slices.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I'm not much of a cook, but this, I can handle. Sounds delicious! Adding pumpkin to my shopping list now. Can't wait to give it a try.

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

I was a Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella lover myself. I always wished that school or community theater groups would do that more often. This looks like a delicious bread--I have had an urge to toss some streusel topping over pumpkin bread or muffins lately.

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

I was on another blog and caught eye of your apple pumpkin bread...I'm always looking for a new recipe and this one sounds delicious.

I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

I hope you can make it!
Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

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