You got beat by a girl…

So it’s football time (FYI, just October 1st starts the REAL sport of hockey :P ). A couple of years ago my friend E’s husband was looking for one last spot in his college football pool (psa: gambling is wrong, don’t do it ;) ). She sent around an email asking if any of our husbands would want to do it. I said that mine did not, but that I would want to do it. She said sure. So off the season went.

Now I do know somethings about college football, but truth be told, if I am not sure about the teams, I pull a total chick move and base my pick on their mascot. Sometimes I do this even when I know the teams. Let’s take Seattle’s own Washington Huskies vs the Oregon Ducks. You are probably saying no brainer and would pick the Huskies. I pick the Ducks. If you are saying why surely a dog could take a duck. If you are asking why, you clearly have never been attacked by a duck. And I have. Duck wins.

So in using this fool proof system, I won that year. When I met up with them to claim my prize, they were in shock that a girl showed up. Apparently, they thought Peabody was a man, and E hadn’t bothered to tell them otherwise. Well, those sore losers gave me my prize money, but then also told me that they wouldn’t be having me back next year. Well, E must have had a come to Jesus talk with her husband as the next year miraculously I was invited back. I won that year too. :P

I’m doing well so far this year. I was the only one in the group this weekend to choose the Huskies over the Trojans. Duh, everyone knows a dog can total beat a condom. :P But really what is it about guys being beat by a girl? They are already starting in about the fact that I can’t possibly win 3 years in a row. Why not? Threepeat baby!

And though I participate in these pools, I don’t really care about the games. So when they are on, I am usually off looking for an excuse to do something else. Bake.

I chose to update a bread I made a while back that was pretty popular, a pumpkin spice bread with a maple cheesecake layer. This time I tried to make it even more decadent. Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Turtle Bread. Pumpkin bread with a layer of caramel cheesecake topped with chocolate glaze, caramel sauce, and pecans.
Yeah, I know, yum.
This is a pretty easy recipe to make. I choose to make mine in mini loaves so I can freeze them. If you go that route, I would not glaze them until after you unfreeze them. And speaking of glazing them, if you do go and put caramel sauce on them, you are going to want to eat it that day. Hey, they are mini loaves, that’s not that hard to do. Heck, that’s breakfast at my house. :)

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Turtle Bread

Pumpkin Bread:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup pumpkin puree(plain, not the already made pumpkin pie kind)
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup canola oil
2 large eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar, loosely packed

Caramel Cheesecake Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup brown sugar, tightly packed
2 TBSP Lyle’s Golden Syrup
2 TBSP Caramel Sauce (store bought or homemade)
1 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 large egg

Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)
Caramel Sauce (store bought or homemade)
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 325F.

Lightly grease and flour three mini loaf pans (3 ½ -x- 5 inch).

Using a stand mixer (or a medium bowl and electric beaters) with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, syrup and caramel sauce for about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add egg and beat for another minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl and add flour. Beat flour into mixture until fully incorporated. If using stand mixer, transfer cheesecake filling to a separate bowl. Set aside. If using the stand mixer, clean and dry the bowl to use again.

In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Using a stand mixer (or a medium bowl and electric beaters) with the paddle attachment, place pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, and sugars into the bowl and beat for about 1 minute.
Add flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and mix just until combined. This is a quick bread so you don’t want to over mix.

Pour half of the pumpkin bread batter evenly into the three prepared loaf pans (I find it best to use an ice cream scoop. I like to use 2 scoops for the bottom). Spread the batter out evenly.

Spoon cheesecake mixture on top of pumpkin batter layer, a little less than 2/3 of a cup.

Scoop the remaining batter on top of the cheesecake layer, again about 2 ice cream scoops worth.

If you don’t want to bother with the layering you can just spoon some pumpkin batter, then cheesecake, then pumpkin batter again and use a knife to make swirls in the bread. Tastes just as good. ;)

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes.
Remove bread from pans and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Let breads cool completely before glazing.

Pour chocolate glaze over breads, about 1/3 cup each. Sprinkle pecans on top of the glaze. Followed by extra caramel sauce if desired (but really, why wouldn’t you want it :P ).

Chocolate Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
¼ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
2-4 TBSP milk (depending on how thick you want your glaze)

In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and 2 TBSP of milk until smooth and glossy. If you want a thinner glaze add more milk, 1 TBSP at a time.

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  1. Hi Peabody!
    First of all, the bread looks positively divine! Secondly, I just wanted to let you know how much I ADORE your blog. Your writing (and recipes, of course) are simply fantastic. Thank you so much! :)

  2. Oh my gosh … I have the same “mascot” method for choosing picks in pools as well!!!

    Is it October 1 yet? No … okay. Can I have some of this cake at least?

  3. Totally funny post! Laughed myself silly…why NOT choose by mascot?
    The pumpkin bread is sooo decadent and gorgeous with the crown of pecans. Take some when you win the third time and maybe they will forgive you…the way to a man’s heart and all….

  4. I did it last night… and it was so delicious – it is my first pumpkin cake.

  5. Priceless! I will have to show this to my 26 year old stepson, who participates on every single football pool available…..

    he’ll be in shock!

    I love your system! ;-)

  6. My husband does not like cheesecake, but I have a feeling I could get him to eat this!

  7. Looks delicious! I will need to save some of my sacred pumpkin for this!

  8. As wonderful as this sounds, I’m a bit confused by the picture. Am I the only one who doesn’t see the cheesecake layer/ribbon?

  9. Way to go! It’s so much fun when girls beat guys in typically male things. When in my teens I joined the local youth gun club, I was both the only girl and the only novices. On day one I was a better shot than any of the other boys, and I made sure to always be in the lead (accept at shooting clay ducks with a shot gun, I was just too small physically to handle the kick as well as the boys, sigh)
    Oh, the bread looks fantastic by the way! Pumpkin makes most things better!

  10. Novice that is. Durh.

  11. I so loved this post. I am a huge college football fan. My husbands family have had season tickets to the Florida State Seminoles since the head coach (Bobby Bowden) started there. We go to all the home games. We are moving up north to Cincinnati (suburb) next month and the men in my house are not happy about that. Payback for me not being happy with the weather up there;) Kuddos to you for beating out the men in such a great ‘chick’ way. LOVE IT! Good luck this year..beat em again.

  12. Also wanted to add that I was pulling for Washington to beat USC, Tennessee to beat Florida, and of course FSU to beat BYU and we did:)

  13. Holy crap. This looks waaaaaaaaay too good. Next time I come to Seattle, don’t be surprised to find me on your doorstop :)

  14. A pumpkin bread with a cheesecake filling? This is so new to me. And you have this for breakfast? Decadence!

  15. oh my! this pumpkin bread looks soooo amazing and delcious, i love it! your blog is full os wonderful recipes, i will be coming back for more!

    cheers from london,


  16. Gorgeous!
    I am so going to be making this when I return from my mini vacation!

  17. This pumpkin cheesecake bread sounds so decadent and good!

  18. Hee! When I saw the recipe title, I thought, this is such a classic Peabody dessert! ;) Yum!!

  19. Wow this bread sounds absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try it!

  20. Omg. You just posted a loaf of heaven lol. No joke, I MUST try this because it looks absolutely amazing. I actually work with Del Monte, and if you want to try another dessert recipe, we have a yummy almond peach cake recipe! Our citrus bowls and Superfruits add a sweet twist, and if you visit our website you can get yourself some coupons :). Check it out! And thank you for posting this AWESOME looking pumpkin cheesecake turtle bread

  21. I am going to make this but want to do one single loaf – approximately how long will the cooking time be if I put it into a regular loaf pan?


  22. My first year out of college, I got pulled into a football pool by the man of the moment, who was amused that I made my choices based on the colors of the uniforms.

    Until I won, that is. :)

    Oh, and even if I never made it past the tailgate parties at Autzen into an actual game, Ducks rock! :)

  23. Speaking of picking football games — years ago I joined the office pool, just to be sociable. Didn’t care about football then, still don’t care now. Of the 13 games each week (which shows you how long ago that was), I would only get around 2 right. So after a few weeks, I flipped my choices and started picking 10 or so winners each week! Made a nice profit. Hmmm … now that you mention it, no one offered me the pick sheets the following years.

  24. I know nothing about football, college or no college. Football is soccer where I grow up. But I’m in Oregon now, so GO DUCKS! ;) You made the right pick! LOL. BTW, I believe 3’s the charm! Can’t wait for your update of you claiming the prize once more! :D

    That said, the bread looks DELICIOUS! I love pumpkin bread…will have to try it, and hopefully soon. You know how it goes ~ so little time, so many things to do! ;P

  25. I found this wonderful recipe in need of seasonal spice and citrus zest for my taste – plus, I was dissappointed with the thin glaze so I experimented by adding enough pumpkin pie spice into the pumpkin puree and a bit of Maple extract or syrup. Plus, I used a different thicker glaze that melts granulated sugar over heat and whisks in brown sugar and grated orange peel as it cools, and then stir insmaller chopped nuts and mini-chocolate chips (instead of using carmel, cocoa powder or syrup) – this mixture stays on the bread better and the spices and orange zest, maple and brown sugar additions compliment the pumpkin puree! The carmel used in the original recipe got me thinking about trying this recipe using apple puree instead of pumpkin, with cinnamon and carmel and peanut topping! I love Autumn!


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