Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting & Pumpkin Seed Toffee


This moist and delicious Pumpkin Bread with Maple and Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting is loaded with the warm and cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter and the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It’s then crowned with sweet and crunchy pieces of Pumpkin and Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.


Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking. Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

Well hello there.  I know, I know. . .you might have been on the verge of sending out a search party because I have been missing in action for eons.  But as you probably gathered from my last post, I have been knee deep in a move and it took what seems like forever to unpack my props, organize my pantry, and get my new big fancy oven into working order.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.
Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

While I still have some unpacking and a ton of organization left to do, I feel like I can finally dip my fingers into big sacks of flour and start baking tasty treats for you once again.  I’m also starting to slowly figure out the lighting situation in my new space. . .which means I will be less apt to procrastinate whipping out my camera and pretty props so that I can take drool worthy photos for this space.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.
Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.
Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.
Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

Oh. . .and in case you weren’t following along with me on Instagram, you might be interested in knowing that I also spent the past two weeks traveling about Croatia.

You'll find sweet, savoury, and everything in between.

It’s such a beautiful country – Full of more waterfalls than I can count on my toes and fingers.  As a matter of fact, it was so breath taking that I just couldn’t stop clicking away on my camera.  Don’t believe me?  I have countless SD cards filled with gobs and gobs of photos as proof.

And you know what that means, don’t you?   I’ll be weeding through photo after photo, curating some of my favorites to share with you in a future post.  Stay tuned for this.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

This Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting & Pumpkin Seed Toffee is one of the first treats that I baked and photographed when I returned from my trip.   It also happens to be the very first pumpkin recipe that I cooked this fall.  Can you believe that?  We are already at the end of October and this is my first pumpkin treat!!!

To celebrate pumpkin season, I decided to do something a little fun by preparing this pumpkin bread for you in two different ways.  This jazzed up pumpkin loaf is version numero uno.  I will be sharing a fancier, more elegant version later this week. . .so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

And if that weren’t exciting enough, I have even more exciting news for you. . .this Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting & Pumpkin Seed Toffee just so happens to be part of a big, bad, awesome #virtualpumpkinparty hosted by the lovely Sara from Cake Over Steak.  

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

In case you are new to this party, you should know that it is quite the shindig with over 90 bloggers from around the interweb developing brand, spankin’ new pumpkin recipes – all just for you.    So grab a cup of coffee (or pot of tea) and your most snuggly of blankets and spend the afternoon perusing all these delicious pumpkin themed dishes.

You can find the complete list and links of participating bloggers HERE .  You can also follow along on Instagram with #virtualpumpkinparty.  And since this party includes sweet, savoury, and everything in between, you are sure to find something that will tickle your taste buds. . .no matter what your craving might be.

You'll find sweet, savoury, and everything in between.

I participated in this fun, little virtual party last year so you might want to hop on over to HERE to see the Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake I brought to the party.  You can also find  tales from my wild and crazy days at the Slovak Home there as well. . .so you definitely won’t want to miss that.

XOXO-

Lynn

 

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Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.
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Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting & Pumpkin Seed Toffee
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time
2 hr 20 mins
 
This moist & delicious Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Road to Honey
BUILDING BLOCKS
For the PUMPKIN SEED TOFFEE:
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the BROWN BUTTER PUMPKIN BREAD:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, (firmly packed)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
For the CINNAMON SWIRL (optional):
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
For the BROWN BUTTER & MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
THE COURSE
For the PUMPKIN SEED TOFFEE:
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a lightly buttered piece of parchment paper.  

  2. Spread the pumpkin & sesame seeds in an even layer on the parchment paper.  Set aside.

  3. Combine sugar & water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 

  4. Bring to a simmer over medium heat & stir until the sugar dissolves.  

  5. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the sugar turns a golden amber color (about 15 minutes).  

  6. Quickly pour the toffee over top the seeds.  If needed, use an offset spatula coated with butter to help spread the toffee.   Alternatively, angle the pan so that the toffee flows in the direction you want it to.

  7. Allow the toffee to cool completely, then break it into shards.

  8. Store the toffee in an airtight container until ready to use.

For the BROWN BUTTER PUMPKIN BREAD:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Spray an 8 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

  3. To brown the butter:  Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan on medium heat. Continue to cook, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure the butter browns evenly. You will cook until the butter takes on a nutty aroma & turns a toasty brown color. Remove the butter from the heat & transfer it & the milk solids (brown bits that settled on the bottom during cooking) to a heat-proof bowl. Set aside & let cool for 15 minutes (the butter still should be melted). If this is your first time browning butter, you can read more about it HERE.

  4. To prepare the cinnamon sugar swirl:  Whisk together 2 tbsp granulated sugar & 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon.  Set aside.

  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together next 7 ingredients (flour through salt).  

  6. In a separate large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugars, eggs, oil, vanilla & browned butter until smooth.

  7. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture in three separate increments & mix until just combined.  Don't over mix.

  8. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.

  9. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on top of the batter.

  10. Add the remaining batter on top of the cinnamon mixture.

  11. Bake the bread for 60 to 80 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  12. If the bread is already browned, tent the loaf with aluminum foil for the final 30 minutes or so of baking to prevent over browning.  

  13. Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

For the BROWN BUTTER & MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  1. To make the brown butter: Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan on medium heat. Continue to cook, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure the butter browns evenly. You will cook until the butter takes on a nutty aroma & turns a toasty brown color. Remove the butter from the heat & transfer it & the milk solids (brown bits that settled on the bottom during cooking) to a heat-proof bowl. Allow the browned milk solids to settle to the bottom of the bowl, then place the bowl in the freezer. Chill until just firm (15 – 20 minutes). Carefully scrape the butter from the bowl, taking care to leave the browned milk solids in the bowl. Discard these solids.

  2. Meanwhile, sift the confectioner’s sugar into a small bowl.

  3. Place the brown butter, brown sugar, & maple syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.  

  4. Beat on medium-high until the brown sugar has dissolved & the mixture takes on a light color (about 2 minutes).  Scrape down the sides of the bowl & the paddle attachment as needed.  

  5. Beat in the cream cheese.

  6. Gradually beat in the confectioners sugar.  Continue to beat until the frosting is smooth.  Note:  If you prefer a sweeter frosting add in more confectioners sugar, until the desired sweetness is achieved.  If your frosting is on the thin side: either place it in the refrigerator so that it firms up a bit or beat in more confectioners sugar.  

To Assemble the PUMPKIN CAKE:
  1. Place a thick layer of frosting on top of the cake

  2. Place the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the frosting firms up a bit.

  3. Right before serving, stick the toffee shards into the frosting.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting - This moist & delicious pumpkin quickly bread is loaded with the warm & cozy spices that symbolize fall.  To up the decadence even more, it is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting enhanced with the nuttiness of brown butter & the sweet and comforting flavor of maple syrup.  It's then crowned with sweet & crunchy pieces of Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Toffee.  The ultimate in fall baking.

41 thoughts on “Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting & Pumpkin Seed Toffee

    • October 23, 2017 at 7:37 am
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      Awww. . .thanks Karen. I have to admit that I could scarf down the entire batch of the toffee myself. And it tastes sooooo good dipped in that Brown Butter Maple Cream Frosting too. What until you see my version number 2. 😉

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    • October 23, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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      It does take quite a bit of will power not to scarf down the entire loaf Mary Ann.

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    • October 24, 2017 at 8:04 am
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      I can’t wait to share them with you too Sarah. But I took so many of them that it will take me some time to get through al of them.

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  • October 24, 2017 at 6:14 am
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    Your pumpkin bread looks delicious! I would love a slice right now with my coffee!

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    • October 24, 2017 at 8:15 am
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      I would love to share a slice with you Anna. I always have way more sweets than I know what to do with.

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    • October 24, 2017 at 8:40 am
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      I took over 1,000 photos Kelsey!!! Can you believe that???! As you can imagine it will take me a while to get through them all. . .but I promise I will share them. I travel quite a bit and it is high time that I share some of that with you as well. 😉

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  • October 24, 2017 at 8:10 am
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    This is beyond amazing! I can’t get over the toffee, it looks so good and I’m drooling thinking about how it combines with everything. I can’t wait for Croatia pictures!

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    • October 24, 2017 at 11:00 am
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      That toffee does taste delish Meg. . .even on its own. . .but especially dunked into that frosting.

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  • October 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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    Wow wow wow! This pumpkin bread is on a whole other level. Pumpkin bread on it’s own is great, but add cream cheese frosting & pumpkin seed toffee and it’s too good to be true. YUMMMMM

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  • October 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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    This looks sooo good! I’m happy you figured out your new place, light, and photo space because I (selfishly) want to see more of your beautiful creations!!

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  • October 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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    The way the light shines through the toffee is really beautiful. What a dramatic and delicious decoration!

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  • October 25, 2017 at 10:54 am
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    OH my gosh! This pumpkin bread looks so delicious! Pumpkin brittle on top? Genius!! I can’t wait to make your recipe!

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  • October 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    Don’t feel bad – I haven’t had a chance to bake ANY pumpkin treats yet. For some reason, everyone associates them with October, but they always strike me more for Thanksgiving – so I stocked up on Pumpkin puree while it was on sale at Sam’s. Now, I know what to make with it! OMG! This looks good.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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    I love the pumpkin and cream cheese combo every time. I think it should be a classic. Yay on the Croatia vacation! It sounds wonderful:)

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  • October 27, 2017 at 7:52 am
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    Oh my goodness .. I love even simple, plain Jane pumpkin bread, so when you slather that amazing frosting on top, I’m powerless to resist! This looks outstanding. Amazing pictures as well .. looks like you’ve cracked the code!

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  • October 27, 2017 at 8:07 am
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    I have a feeling that a bread like this would end up just being a bread without all the toffee. I would totally walk by and pick some off every time I pass!

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    • October 28, 2017 at 10:04 am
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      Ha! Ha! Well the toffee is pretty irresistible in it’s own right so I can see why you would be tempted to do this. 😉

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  • October 29, 2017 at 10:46 am
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    I was sold at the idea of pumpkin bread but that toffee……SIGN ME UP! That looks amazing and could be a treat all on it own! Pinned!

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  • October 29, 2017 at 11:23 am
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    WOW! I don’t even know where to begin. This looks delicious and I bet that pumpkin seed toffee would make an amazing snack all on it’s own!

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  • October 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    The bread and the frosting look great, but can we talk about that pumpkin seed toffee? It’s gorgeous, like stained glass, and I bet it tastes amazing.

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  • October 30, 2017 at 9:53 am
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    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip to croatia! I have been wanting to go there so badly.
    Also, this bread is so gorgeous. Probably the most stunning loaf of pumpkin bread I’ve ever seen! Love the way you jazzed up a classic <3

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  • October 31, 2017 at 8:07 am
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    Lynn every aspect of this cake is making my mouth water!! It is simply gorgeous. Also, hoping to see some Croatia pics soon. 🙂

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  • November 7, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    Wow, this bread looks incredible, Lynn! The toffee on top is such a beautiful touch!

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  • November 9, 2017 at 8:52 am
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    This looks EPIC!!

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  • November 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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    I’m not a dessert eater, Lynn, but your desserts just kill me! This is spectacular (like all the rest). And it doesn’t look/sound terribly sweet. I love the idea of the pumpkin and sesame seed toffee… so creative!

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