Fat Toad Farm’s Autumn Bread Recipe

After last week’s newsletter we got a couple of requests from folks to post the Autumn Bread recipe my sister Calley and I created together specifically for our Caramel in a Tiny Bread Tin gift.   This recipe units some of my favorite fall and holiday ingredients, including pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, walnuts, our own delicious cinnamon Goat’s Milk Caramel  and my favorite ingredient – bourbon.

The following recipe makes the cutest darn mini-loaf you ever did see – happy baking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Toad Farm Autumn Bread

Goat’s milk caramel, bourbon, apple and pumpkin in a teeny-tiny loaf pan

Ingredients:
¼ cup Fat Toad Farm Cinnamon or Original C aramel
1 ½ Tbsp bourbon
1/3 cup apple (1 small apple) cubed ¼ “ by ¼”
½  cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 egg (beaten)
¼ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:
1.  In a small bowl, combine caramel, bourbon, apple and set aside.
2.  Preheat oven to 350°F.
3.  In a small bowl, fork together flour, salt, brown sugar, and baking soda.
4.  In a medium bowl, mix together pumpkin, egg, butter and spices, then combine with the dry ingredients.  Stir in caramel apple mixture and walnuts.
5.  Pour batter into a well-buttered small (3 ½ x 5) loaf pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.  Turn out of pan to cool on a rack.

 

“Pardon me, but your goat is pink.”

“Pardon me, but your goat is pink.”

(There is only one clear sing choice for this post:  PINK by Aerosmith.  Obvi.)

While giving tours to visitors at this time of year, many people can’t help but observe that some of our goats are currently painted pink, a few yellow, and some green.
Why is this?

Goats need to breed each year in order to give milk in the following year. Fall is when a goat’s fancy turns to love, and all of the goats get fidgety and hormonal. Our bucks, who have spent the summer in their bachelor pad eating pizza and watching television, or rather eating hay and watching the pigs romp, are called to duty. Before they go to meet the girls, however, we outfit each with a grease paint marking harness. Each day in the milking parlor, we look for new markings and note the date so that we know when to expect kids to arrive. This fall, Thunder, Evan, Obi and Mr. Buckley are our herdsires and are looking as handsome as ever with their sweet beards.

So if you come to visit us (please do come visit us!) don’t be troubled by our pink and green goats. A pink goat now means adorable kids, milk, cheese and of course caramel in the future!

Post written by the eloquent Katie Sullivan
Pictures taken by the talented Pam Chew

Worth a thousand words

We hosted friend and photographer Susie Cushner for a couple of days the other week while she photographed the farm.   Susie is fabulously talented, in additional to being fabulously fun and an absolute pleasure to host, and she took the most incredible pictures of our family, farm and animals.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Thank you, Susie!   Please come see us again soon!