October 25th, 2013
Fall is a special time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The lovely amber and red hues signal that it’s time to get out the cozy sweaters and begin planning for fall festivities. Around here, no fall would be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patches on Sauvie Island.
Sauvie Island is a rural island 30 minutes outside of Portland that’s filled with several family farms. All year, folks can pick seasonal fruit or visit the local farmers’ markets for tasty fresh produce. Come October, it’s the perfect time to snag a few pumpkins for carving and making pies. Visitors can wind through corn mazes, take old fashioned hay rides and eat freshly grilled corn and brats. Some farms even serve warm cider and fresh microbrews to you in old train cars.
It’s a wonderful reminder that the simple things in life still mean so much. So pull out the fuzzy sweaters and find a pumpkin patch near you. Then come home and get carving. Of course, all your family’s efforts should be rewarded. Pumpkin Bread Pudding ought to do the trick. Enjoy!
PUMPKIN BREAD PUDDING:
1 carton (16 oz) Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 ¾ cups Pacific Unsweetened Hemp Non-Dairy Beverage (Original or Vanilla)
1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 slices of cinnamon raisin bread, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 6 cups of cubes)
*Potential garnish: Pumpkin Puree
**For a gluten free option: substitute your favorite gluten free cinnamon raisin bread, or substitute a plain, gluten free bread plus raisins or chopped, dried cranberries.