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. I don’t know anybody, off and online with a sweeter tooth tahn yours. You are incredible with sweet treats!!

  2. That looks amazing:)

  3. That is a hilarious story about the football pool! Thinking Peabody was a man… hahaha! surprise eh?! :)

    Now this bread….ohhhh my you took my favorite pumpkin bread and just made it too decadent for its own good. Im swooning over it! Saving this recipe to make! Thanks!!! :)

  4. Keep up the good work in the football pool. Somebody has to represent the feminine side!
    Love pumpkin bread and you’ve made it decadent! Delicious.

  5. Can anything taste more sinful than this. Way to go to kickoff desserts for the fall, this looks simply amazing!

  6. mmmm I remember that bread, I made it months ago. Looks like a good update, but now I have to make this bread too!!

  7. Hell yes for doing well!! You rock :) And hell yes for your pumpkin CARAMEL (!!!) treat :)

  8. That is one beautiful cake! So tempting and delicious looking! Wow!



  9. I did the same thing once with college basketball in an office pool for March Madness. I don’t follow basketball, so I made all of my picks based on mascots or team colors.

    I was *this close* to winning the whole thing.

  10. Only thing meaner than a duck is a goose. My dog routinely tries to test dog v. goose, and I have to referee to protect him.

    Even more decadent…no kidding. Fall sweets make me smile.

  11. ZOMG I need to wipe the drool off my chin. And here I thought I’d gotten pumpkin outta my system for a while after cupcakes and pancakes.

  12. Comparing mascots is ingenious! Obviously it’s a great system. Just make sure no one else catches on and copies it from you. When forced to watch a football game, I usually root for the one whose uniform color I prefer. Totally like a girl, right? I hope you get your threepeat!

  13. You go girl! I love your method of choosing a team. I usually go with the which team colors I like best but may have to give your methad a shot!lol GREAT looking bread. I can’t get enough pumpkin this time of the year!

  14. Can it get more decadent than this?
    You certainly got me at caramel – in and out

  15. Kind of like choosing a car because of the pretty color :) I hope you win for the third time and can really rub it in.

    This cake is too much. Just look at those glistening drips and pools. Oh my.

  16. That’s my kind of breakfast!

    A threepeat in the making – yeah! Have you planned what you’ll bake for your victory celebration?

  17. Forget the recipe, you had me fighting back the laughter this morning! Okay, the bread looks pretty darn drool-worthy too.

  18. Now this is what I call a treat! WOW! Great way to kick off the fall desserts!

  19. “Duh, everyone knows a dog can total beat a condom.”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

  20. How on Earth do you come up with this stuff? As you are describing it, it just sounds better and better and there is always a final kicker. Wow! I hope you have a threepeat this year!

  21. victory is always just that much sweeter when you know you’ve hurt the ego ;) go get it peabody!

    and…you’re right, these do look yum. perfect breakfast!

  22. Girl Power, Girl Power!! Oh, and the mini loaves look super yummy too. Hahahahaha.

  23. This looks delicious! I also love the way you pick your teams…classic.

  24. I never got around to making the bread from last year, but I think I might have to make this one instead. It looks incredible!

  25. Thanks for the comment on my chocolate waffles. Your bread definitely looks decadent. All I can say is wow!! I could go for a slice right now.

  26. oh my!! your concoctions are always a great success. This one looks delicious!

  27. Wonderful recipe and just in time for fall. Beautiful pictures – you’re amazing!

  28. I am a threepeat winner in a pool at work. Every year they have a pool on the Indy 500 and you pick a driver, if he wins you win. I won it 3 years in a row, the fourth year, they “accidently” filled the pool before I could get in… I said heck with them, moved on to better things. Gotta make that bread soon! YUMMY

  29. lol breakfast! why yes, thank you!

  30. You go girl! Too funny- I hope you win again this year :-)

    I bookmarked your pumpkin cheesecake bread when you made it last, but this looks just as tempting. Yum!

  31. Oh my goodness this looks fabulous! Maybe if you show up with this when you win this year they won’t be so mad. ;)

    By the way, what is Lyle’s Golden syrup?

  32. I am so glad the Huskies between the Trojans (we are UCLA Bruins fans)!!! Is there a substitution for Lyle’s Golden Syrup? Thanks!

  33. Looks amazing… I’ll have to try this one asap!

  34. Wow! So many of my favorite things. This looks incredible.

  35. You are so right about ducks. Those suckers are vicious.

    I’ll probably try this recipe once it cools off a bit here. It’s still too hot for pumpkin. :(

  36. I just love the drippy sauce… ohhhh my. Not sure I like my Trojans losing, though! Can you please hope the condoms win next time??? ;) I’m not a football fan (soccer, tennis & hockey for me), but since I wen to ‘SC, I kind of feel like I have an obligation to hope they win.

  37. Yay for beating the boys :)

    LOVE this bread, holy cow, I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it looks!

  38. I so hope that you are able to get your threepeat for the satisfaction factor. I want to see the looks on their faces when you win again. Get over it guys.
    The bread looks incredible. I am definitely going to make in mini loaf pans to so I can share the loaves with some friends. It will give me a taste of fall when it is still so darn hot here.
    I like Lyle’s Golden Syrup but have you ever tried a brand from Australia called CSR Golden Syrup? It is a little stronger than Lyle’s but still has that great sweet caramel-burnt sugar taste.

  39. You took boring pumpkin bread and totally pimped it out! Nice. :)


  40. I just keep re-reading the recipe title, like it’s some kind of dessert-addict’s mantra!

  41. Oh man, are you killing me with that first picture? To die for!

  42. Who knew pumpkin, cheesecake, caramel and turtle flavors can all be combined in one delectible dessert?! I should know better… Peabody can make magic with any sweet combination! *wiping drool now*

  43. Hey, ducks are scary! I’m with you.

  44. ohhh, my!! that looks absolutely devine!, I love the name turtle bread ♥

  45. LOL – good on you for winning, despite being (shock horror) a girl! This looks and sounds perfectly devine – fuel for winning the footy pools on.

  46. Oh my! They look sinfully delicious. The name alone ‘Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Turtle Bread’ is enough to get my mouth watering.

  47. Mmmm, my American friend Marissa made pumpkin bread for my hen (batchelorette) last weekend and I was in Heaven… this looks amazing!
    Another American friend left me a big can of pumpkin pie mix when she moved back but I have no idea what to do with it since it’s not pure pumpkin. Any suggestions?!

  48. pumpkin… caramel… cheesecake… wow, that’s a lot of great stuff packed into one

  49. I think that’s totally awesome that you beat the guys. Haha. And with such a scientific method, too!

  50. this looks so sinful!


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