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A Nashville Thanksgiving: The Morgan Family’s Walnut Pumpkin Cake

Mary Burton Killer Recipe Pumpkin Cake November 15_edited-1As you know, the Morgans are not only about crime, firearms and forensic evidence despite the law enforcement prowess they demonstrate in Cover Your Eyes, Be Afraid and I’ll Never Let You Go.

 

They are, among other things, very much about family.  So it shouldn’t come as surprise, despite Georgia’s reputation as a bit of a disaster in the kitchen and scant evidence of the men’s culinary prowess, that Deke, Rick, Alex and Georgia have  favorites that are very much a part of their holiday gatherings.

 

I’m excited to share this one, which graces their Thanksgiving table each year. It’s Walnut Pumpkin Cake and it’s my pleasure to add it as my latest “Killer Recipe.”

 

So, bon appéitit, and please let me know how it turns out for you.

 

 

Morgan Family Walnut Pumpkin Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 cup corn oil
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin
½ cup walnuts

 

 

Cream Cheese Icing
8 ounces of cream cheese
½ cup or one stick of butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

 

Cake

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl blend sugar and oil and then mix in eggs one at a time. Add pumpkin to oil/ sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Add walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for40 to 50 minutes in a parchment lined baking bread pan.

 

Icing

Cream together softened cream cheese and butter. When well blended add vanilla. Mix in confectioner’s sugar until smooth.

 

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Me, Pumpkin Bread and WTVR-TV

Mary Burton Pumpkin Bread with TeaAs promised, here it is—me baking my Killer Recipe: Pumpkin Bread to Die For on WTVR’s Virginia This Morning!  Thanks again to host Cheryl Miller, producer Torri Strickland and all over at Central Virginia’s Ch6/WTVR who welcomed me to the show!

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Thanks Ch6/WTVR-TV for Letting Me Share I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO!

Cheryl Miller, Virginia This Morning

Cheryl Miller, Virginia This Morning

What fun I had today with host Cheryl Miller and all over at Central Virginia’s Ch6/WTVR’s Virginia This Morning.  Thanks everyone who watched as I talked Mary Burton I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO cover hi resabout I’ll Never Let You Go, how baking helps me creatively, and a bit about my research into both the Nashville setting and  the serious topic of stalking, which is a key element of the story. If you missed the show when it was broadcast and streamed live, you can check it out at wtvr.com.

 

While I was there, I had planned to share one of the recipes I’m making for the Thanksgiving holiday but critical issues  intervened as eyes and ears turned to President Obama and his press conference live from the G20 Conference in Turkey.

 

However, I did  go ahead and bake it and the show taped the demonstration to air sometime in the next week.  I’ll let you know when the segment is available, but in the meantime, here’s the recipe. I hope you, your  friends and loved ones enjoy it as we all pause to give thanks.


Pumpkin Bread To Die For

Mary Burton Pumpkin Bread with Tea2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 cup corn oil
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl blend sugar and oil and then mix in eggs one at a time. Add pumpkin to oil/sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes in a 9” x 4.5” bread pan lined with parchment paper.

 

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