Pumpkin Bread : Philadelphia Cream Cheese Swirl

Chef Franco Lania - fall inspired

Chef Franco Lania – Autumn inspiration

Pumpkins are a huge part of Autumn and the changing of the seasons.  Not to mention that they begin to open our eyes to Jack o’ Lantern and Halloween.

 For most chefs and avid cooks alike there is no better time of the year!

Lonataka Brook Reserve

Lonataka Brook Reserve (Morristown, NJ)

Fall is a time for reflection. Reflecting on the year that is almost over, with still enough time left to accomplish many things that we need or want to get done before the year ends. This makes Fall an extremely productive time.

It can also be a little  “pedal to the metal”  time on trying to reach those goals that we have not yet accomplished for this year while we look ahead to the holidays that are just around the corner.

 As for chefs and all lovers of cooking, fall is also a great time of the year for baking!

Baking things that we normally don’t get a chance to any other time of the year.  Not only is baking something to look forward to in autumn, but it also leaves our home, kitchen, and/or restaurant full of the perfumes from the exotic spices that enhance almost all autumn-inspired dishes.

Cinnamon, clove, anise, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla to name a few.  All come into play in a very big way during the fall and baking along with them can be very exciting!

Pumpkin Bread with a Philadelphia Cream Cheese Swirl

Pumpkin Bread with a Philadelphia Cream Cheese Swirl

Exciting over the simple fact that we are using spices and baking as another way to celebrate autumn and enjoy its positive energies along with all its culinary delights and beauty.