Williams-Sonoma is the type of store that makes me want to learn how to cook everything. If you like to cook, it makes the experience a lot more fun! Their displays are inviting and their employees are great- since they’re into food and cooking, they love to talk about the merchandise and how to use it.
On my most recent Williams-Sonoma visit, they were just starting to offer early Fall merchandise. Pumpkin everything was starting to trickle in. I went right to their Nordic Ware Fall Harvest Loaf Pan. It’s a beautiful cast aluminum loaf pan with pumpkin, pinecone and acorn shapes to mold your bread into a masterpiece. It will make a gorgeous pumpkin bread that will be fun for my own home and will also make a nice presentation when I need to bring something to a friend’s house or an event.
Whenever I go to Williams-Sonoma, I usually find something I didn’t know I needed. I’d lived for years without my creme brûlée set and Easter cookie cutters, but when I saw them at Williams-Sonoma, I discovered I needed them! The same was true when I saw their Harvest Loaf pan. It was love at first sight!
While this loaf pan is non-stick, I’ll still grease and flour the pan due to all of the crevices. I want my pumpkin bread to look as beautiful as the pan can make it. The non-stick finish will help all of this out, though.
To go with my new loaf pan, I also purchased a few of Williams-Sonoma’s pumpkin bread mixes. I got the Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix, the Pumpkin Caramel Quick Bread Mix, and the Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread mix. I purchased two of the Spiced Pecan Pumpkin- one for my own home and one for when I need to be a gracious guest and bring something. I haven’t tried any of the bread mixes yet (I want to wait until the weather cools down a bit and feels more like fall), but am looking forward to it. I’m especially excited to try the Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk! They did offer samples of their Guittard Chocolate Quick Bread that day- it was amazing!
The Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix makes the quintessential Fall pumpkin bread. It contains Korintje cinnamon, Indonesian nutmeg, Chinese ginger and Texas pecans. I will simply add eggs, butter and water when I make it. It will definitely feel like Fall when I try this bread!
The Pumpkin Caramel Quick Bread Mix will be a wonderful addition to my Fall treats. It comes with two separate packets of mix. One packet is Caramel Mix with vanilla and brown sugar. The other packet is Pumpkin Mix with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. When I make it, I’ll just add milk, butter and eggs.
While the above breads sound delicious, the one I’m looking most forward to trying is the Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread Mix. This mix contains pumpkin, buttermilk, semisweet chocolate chunks, and sweet spices. Like the Spiced Pecan Pumpkin bread, I’ll add eggs, butter and water when I make it. It sounds super easy and delicious!
To go with my pumpkin breads, I picked up two pumpkin butters- their Pumpkin Pecan Butter and their Caramel Pumpkin Butter. The Caramel Pumpkin Butter contains pumpkin puree, dulce de leche, warm spices, and lemon. The Pecan Pumpkin Butter contains pumpkin, pecans, sugar and spices. They’ll both be great to spread on the pumpkin breads (and other things like toast and English muffins)- I can’t wait to try them!
Their Butternut Squash Puree also caught my eye, so I got a jar. The back label has a recipe for Butternut Squash Soup. I usually order Butternut Squash Soup at restaurants- I’ve never made it at home. So, I’m curious to see how it turns out with the Williams-Sonoma puree.
It was fun to get an early start on Fall so that I can be ready for Pumpkin Spice everything when the weather turns cooler!
Let me know in the comments section what your favorite Fall treats are!
For more on my Williams-Sonoma Haul, view the following video: