Friday Feast ~ Pumpkin Pecan Bread


The smell of baking, especially pumpkin bread, fills me with joy for the season. After a whirlwind book signing last weekend, I returned longing to bake and fill the house with the smell of pumpkin and spices.

It was a wonderful, magical weekend. I met delightful people and had a blast! The weather was HOT! Smashing records everywhere in Southern California. Yet, my sister brought a hand-held fan and we laughed, joked, and complained a wee bit with others that came passing through. She and my mom made sure I was eating and drinking plenty of water.

My thanks and appreciation to those that were brave enough to venture out into the heat to listen to the sound of bagpipes, great food, lively music, and conversation. Plus, the many that came by my table to chat and then bought books. Thank you! And now for a special announcement:

Congratulations to areeder–Ana! You’re the winner of my Scottish themed gift basket for new sign-ups to my Newsletter and Blog! Please send me your mailing address to:

IMG_3336This hat grabbed our attention and we all had to pull out our cell phones for pictures. I forgot to ask this lovely woman if you could actually play this bagpipe.




IMG_3331Chef Eric McBride–The Celtic Caterer, kept providing us with samples of the tasty dishes he was preparing throughout the day. Did I mention that there was no air conditioning in the building? Whew… Well, his treats were delicious!

His cookbooks are filled with historical essays and poetry. Here’s his website:

He made the most spectacular Pumpkin Soup with bacon and blue cheese!

Here is a family recipe that I’ve tweaked over the years. Sometimes I’ll add cranberries or almonds, but the one with pecans is a favorite with my husband and son. Sláinte mhaith!


1- 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

¾ cup of chopped glazed pecans

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease and flour a 9x5x3 loaf pan.

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, spices, and pecans.

In medium bowl, beat with mixer, sugar, and oil until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time until smooth. Stir in pumpkin and the flour mixture until well combined. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 60-65 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

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  1. I’m glad it went well with the day and it was a blast. I think I’d have tried to blow in the flute part that was hanging from that lady’s hat!
    As about the recipe it sounds great. Around here we aren’t so much into pumpkin and we have no Halloween celebration. Instead there are a lot of traditions and beliefs, especially in the rural area, surrounding St Andrew’s Night 30th November, ( a kind of Romanian Halloween). I will have a post in November about it.
    Have a lovely weekend! ( I’d send a bit of the cold air over to you, if I could).

    • Hahaha! I didn’t even have time to ask the woman if we could test out the bagpipes. I’m definitely looking forward to your post on Romanian traditions, Carmen.

      You push the cold air and I’ll pull it toward me. 😉 Enjoy your weekend my friend!

  2. Elizabeth Evans

    What a wonderful adventure Mary, wish I could have been there, heat & all…Pumpkin & Pecan, 2 of my favorite things…I’ll have to give this recipe a try…going to Chef Eric’s website today, poetry & recipes, doesn’t get any better then that. Have a blessed weekend

    • Wished you were there, too. The heat was horrible, but there were so many smiles, groans, and topics on how to cool down the building that we decided to make the most of the weekend by having fun. Laughter was everywhere!

      Ooo…yes, check out Eric McBride’s website, Liz. His cookbooks are packed full of interesting Celtic tidbits, and the recipes are great, too. Enjoy your weekend my friend! 🙂

  3. Dianne

    Wow! It sounds so great. I am glad you had such a good time. The recipe sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try it.

  4. looks like you had a marvelous time , love the pictures and recipe

  5. Anne

    It was, indeed, a wonderful weekend!!! Lots of new memories. The sound of the pipes is always a thrill. Lots of laughter too. You were in your element O Daughter of the Celts. <3 🙂

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