Saturday, August 31, 2013

Eleanor Braddock's Pumpkin Bread

I made pumpkin bread yesterday - yum! - and my house still smells cozy and fallish… 

Eleanor Braddock's Pumpkin Bread
~ recipe below ~ 

This is a recipe I've had for many, many years, and that my heroine Eleanor Braddock makes in A Beauty So Rare, the second Belmont Mansion novel. I'm finishing rewrites on that novel now! 

Eleanor loves to cook and bake so this book is chock-full of scrumptious Southern delights. Can't wait to share Eleanor's story (and her cooking!) with you. 

What recipe do you make that says "fall" to you? 

Eleanor Braddock’s Pumpkin Bread

3 cups plain flour
3 cups white sugar*
½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp each cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg
1 cup oil
1 cup water
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix dry ingredients first, then blend in the rest. Bake in two greased and floured loaf pans for 50 minutes at 350. Check for doneness. Don’t overbake.

*I bake with Xylitol, which is a naturally occurring sugar substitute found in most plant sugar substitute, and it bakes like a dream! Great for diabetics and if you’re looking to lower calories.

More about A Beauty So Rare

(April 2014)

A Beauty So Rare available for pre-order now

Read an excerpt from A Lasting Impression 
Eleanor Braddock, a spinster––plain and practical, no stunning Southern beauty--
has long since dismissed any hope of marriage. But when a dying soldier whispers his final words, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. 

But this compassionate deed takes a harsh turn, and Eleanor finds herself dependent upon the richest woman in American and the most despised woman in Nashville--her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion. A clandestine act of kindness leads Eleanor to an unlikely path for her life--building a home for destitute widows and children from the Civil War. And while Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve.

Rudolf Marcus Gottfried, Archduke of the House of Habsburg and fourth in line to the Austrian throne, arrives in Nashville in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Collaborating with botanist Luther Burbank, Marcus seeks to combine his own passion for nature with his expertise in architecture. But his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widow's and children's home run contrary to the wishes of practical, frugal Eleanor, who sees his ideas as costly nonsense.

Yet as the construction project continues, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expected. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor to marry, and even if he were, someone who knows Marcus's secrets is about to reveal them all.

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