Pumpkin Date Cake is a recipe I make every fall. I like the idea of cooking things that are in season and fall is pumpkin season. I could keep canned pumpkin in my pantry and make it any time of year…but I don’t.
From salads to cookies and cakes to main courses I always think of the changing seasons. For me making something once or twice a year feels like trying a new recipe but knowing it’s a winner before you start. I look forward to making this Pumpkin Date Cake and sharing.
One of my colleagues absolutely adores pumpkin and this season is simply too short. As soon as the first day of fall is in sight on my calendar I think of her, buy some canned pumpkin and dig out this recipe.
It is worth noting that there are two kinds of pumpkin sold in cans. I buy pureed pumpkin and the ingredient list should simply say pumpkin.
Pumpkin pie filling is also sold in cans. The ingredient list will include pumpkin as well as spices and other ingredients you may or may not want. That list may include gluten.
I suggest you stick with plain canned pumpkin and add the spices already in your spice cupboard. I use it to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies, soup (substitute pumpkin for butternut) and occasionally a pumpkin pie.
How is your gluten free baking? I’m satisfied that my muffins and quick breads always turn out, even on the first attempt when changing an old recipe from wheat flour to gluten free flour. I use my own gluten free flour mix and write my recipes with cup measurements. In my experience this doesn’t work for cookies (and I’ve written about that in the description of several cookie posts).
If you are struggling to create great results you may want to read a post I wrote about gluten free baking by weight. Even just making your own flour blend by weighing the flours, then baking using cup measurements may be helpful. Baking requires precise measurements so pay more attention to that and it may be the only adjustment you need to make.
If you made my once-a-year Pumpkin Date Cake I’d love to hear in the comments below if you got the same rave reviews I always get.
|2½ cups gluten free flour (I used my mix)|
|1½ tsp baking powder|
|¾ tsp cinnamon|
|½ tsp nutmeg|
|½ tsp cloves|
|½ tsp salt|
|½ tsp xanthan gum|
|1 lb pitted dates, chopped|
|1½ cups chopped pecans|
|1 cup butter, melted|
|2 cups packed brown sugar|
|1 cup canned pumpkin puree|
|2 Tbsp milk|
|¼ cup water|
|1 tsp vanilla|
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