Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spicy Pumpkin Bars served at the Parish House Inn, an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area bed and breakfast

Leaves changing in Gaylord from 2011.
The  deep red and orange of the leaves makes me want to eat foods that give the same depth of flavor and color.  This recipe offers a delicious way to satisfy both my eyes and my taste buds.  Change out the flavors by omitting the dates and using raisins or dried cranberries instead. Serve with tea, coffee or hot apple cider on a cool Fall afternoon and enjoy!


1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

1 cup confectioners sugar
5 - 6 teaspoons orange juice
Grated zest of 1 orange

Preheat oven to 350o. Coat a 9x13x2  inch baking pan with cooking spray.

1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and pumpkin and beat well with the mixer.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and baking soda.  Add the flour mixture to the creamed pumpkin mixture in thirds, beating well after each addition.  Stir in the dates and pecans.
3. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake about 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.
4.While the bars cool, make the glaze.  in a small bowl, stir together confectioner's sugar, orange juice and orange zest until smooth  and spreadable.  Spread the glaze on the top pf the bars and let cool completely.  Cut into squares to cool.

Chris Mason
Parish House Inn

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mugs for sale at the Parish House Inn and Ann Arbor area bed and breakfast

These hand thrown mugs are the ones our guests use at the Parish House Inn, for breakfast and are for sale   in this attractive box.   The box makes it easy to get the mug home safely and doubles as a gift box.  When you use it at home, you will remember your experience at the Parish House inn.

The "Best Of the Parish House Inn" cook book is also available for purchase.  You can make your favorite breakfast recipe right at home.

I will be happy to mail the mug and the cook book.  Just call 734-480-4800 or email

 Chris Mason

Parish House Inn