Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October is Pumpkin Time

Wednesday is Bible Study
Women's Bible Study

No meeting
First a prayer and then our lesson
Sometimes we don't get a whole chapter in the allotted hour

It's good camaraderie.

But before we begin our study,

We must have cake!

And coffee!

For we are Lutherans!

Everyone gets a cup of coffee and a piece of cake before they sit at the dining room table
where we hold our bible study.

In the breakfast room where everyone can serve themselves.
Coffee and cake

blue and white always sets a pretty table

A new tablecloth -- bought in the Azores last year -- it's one of the few new ones I own.
Blue Spode cups and saucers and cake plates
A mixture of cake forks -- some with bone handles and the rest are silver.
My silver urn for the coffee and Blue Spode for the cream and sugar

Coffeecake anyone?

The treat is pumpkin swirl coffeecake.   A new recipe.   It received rave reviews!

Coffee and cake for six.

A bouquet of garden sunflowers and pot marigolds in an old green pitcher
add a bit of color to the table.

The coffee cake was really good and may, just may, replace the traditional cranberry pumpkin that I've made for years for Thanksgiving morning.


12 T. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 large eggs
3/4 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 c. sour cream
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda

3 T. butter, melted
3 t. sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. ground ginger

3/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 c. chopped pecans, toasted
8 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

Heat oven to 350.    Butter and flour a 10 inch tube pan, cake pan or springform pan.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.    Scrape down the sides of the bowl.   Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating for 20 seconds after each addition.    Scrape down the bowl again.

In a small mixing bowl, mix the pumpkin puree and sour cream together and set aside.   In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.    Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in thirds, alternating with the pumpkin/sour cream mixture.    Beat for 45 seconds after each addition and begin and end with the flour mixture.    Set aside while you make the syrup and streusel.

To prepare the swirl, stir together the melted butter, sugar, and spices in a small bowl.

To make the struesel, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and butter in a food processor and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Pour about 1/3 of the batter onto the prepared pan.    Scatter half of the streusel topping and then pour the rest of the batter on top.    Drizzle the syrup over the batter and with the blad of a knife or a skewer, swirl the syrup through the batter.    Scatter the rest of the streusel topping over the batter in the pan.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.    Remove the pan from the oven to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.   Serve warm or at room temperature.

It's Thursday and I'm joining

Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish
Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Open House



Great cake for the Bible Study ladies..they're lucky to be at your house for tea, or coffee too! Pretty tablecloth. Your blue Spode is always a winner. Big hugs,

Lottie said...

Thank you for posting the Pumpkin Swirl Coffee Cake recipe! Husband loves all things pumpkin and this looks like one he will love!

Unknown said...

This is a mouth watering recipe that one would love to have any time with any meal. Taste of such dishes stays on forever only having them once.

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Unknown said...

This is a mouth watering recipe that one would love to have any time with any meal. Taste of such dishes stays on forever only having them once.

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Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

What a neat practice - I just love it..good old fashiioned fellowship!

I adore your beautiful tablecloth and blue and white china!

The recipe sounds amazing.

God bless each of you as you dedicatedly study The Word!

Scribbler said...

I definitely saved this one! Beautifully presented, too.

Beth said...

Hi Martha, Your cake looks fabulous! I'm printing the recipe to try soon. I love reading about you entertaining, cooking, and setting a pretty table. You make reading about your daily life and cooking so interesting! Love your blog, Martha!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Martha,
What a lovely get together time to study the word. Lovely table, have always loved royal blue, sunflower yellow and white, one of my favs,
and it looks lovely.........and inviting, as well as does that wonderful sounding coffee cake.
Know everyone must have love it.
Have a great day hon,
Blessings, Nellie

Bernideen said...

Please come link this to my "Open House" as it looks wonderful!!!! As always!

On Crooked Creek said...

This is a precious link to "breaking bread"!!! Can't think of a better way to begin than with prayer, cake and coffee...followed by the Word and fellowship! Bible study @ Linderhof ROCKS!!! This looks delicious!!!

Marlis said...

What a lovely spot to be studying God's word and growing in one's faith. This recipe looks wonderful. I bet it was just yummy. The buffet is set so lovely. xo marlis

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I bet the smell of this baking is just heaven! Always lovely at Linderhof!

The Tablescaper said...

Sounds like a delicious cake!

- The Tablescaper

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady. Your tablecape looks Beautiful for your Bible Study ladies.. Im your newest follower on your blog now hope you come see me also. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane