The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


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pumpkin pecan cake.

Thanksgiving in the Abbas household consists of many traditions; family ping pong tournaments, way-too-intense games of scrabble, jazz music (which I’m still not exactly sure how it became tradition), watching football & cricket, and of course food. So Much Food.

The obvious main part of Thanksgiving is forgetting you’re on a diet and proceeding to eat the whole dining table, but in my family, it’s a little bit different. Every year we attempt (mostly successfully) to create a weird Pakistani-Indian-Also Partly Vegan-American fusion of our Thanksgiving dinner which somehow results in more food then we can devour at once. The hardest part hands down is stopping ourselves from eating too much so we have room for dessert.

Which leads to my (shocker) favorite part, dessert.

Desserts sometimes vary from year to year, but most of the time we stick to at least two different types of pies, three different types of ice cream, and a cake that I take responsibility every year.

This year I opted for my favorite pumpkin cake with roasted pecans and cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s a bit of a handful to say, but it sure was good.

This was three layers of crunchy pecans, creamy icing, and soft, spiced cake. Everyone knows that eating anything pumpkin flavored is basically a crime before the holiday season so this was basically what I dreamt about for the ten months before Fall started.

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Gingersnaps (Refined Sugar + Gluten Free!)

I feel like fall has officially started. We finally have weather colder than 85 degrees here in NorCal which means I have an excuse to make as many fall like recipes as I want.  I absolutely LOVE fall baking especially if I’m making gingersnaps.

One bite out of these gingersnaps and you’ll taste an explosion of spices and that prominent sweet ginger. It’s basically the definition of fall in your mouth.

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Did I mention that they’re gluten free? And refined sugar free? And dairy free? Yup. The best part is that you wouldn’t even know what was missing if you ate one.

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