I baked pumpkin bread for an entry in the Snow themed contest just a few days before Valentine's Day. While I was decorating it I thought about how I could use the space in the middle of the heart shaped bundt and came up with the ideas presented in this instructable. I was quite happy with how it turned out, enjoy!
Here's my instructable titled "Snowy Pumpkin Bread":
These two have the same baking steps, just different decorating ideas.
Step 1: Ingredients
For the pumpkin bread:
4 cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 cup vegetable oil
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
2/3 cups water
non stick spray
For the decoration:
Note: The bundt pan that I used is one made by Nordic Ware. Here are links where you can find it:
Step 2: Prepare Pumpkin Bread Batter
Add four eggs, one at a time. Mix well after adding each egg.
Step 3: Fill & Bake
Fill the bundt pan with the pumpkin bread batter. Bake for about 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted into the bread comes out clean. Let it cool.
Step 4: Slice
Step 5: Arrange
Step 6: Sprinkle Powdered Sugar
I actually thought that the powdered sugar that fell onto the plate was beautiful - you can see that I arranged some strawberry hearts around it.
Step 7: Create Heart-shaped Strawberries
Now you can probably begin to see the outline of hearts in the slices of strawberry that you've made. Using a knife, trim the tops of each slice so that the arches are more pronounced.
Make many of them so that you have a selection of the best ones. I found myself not choosing the ones that were very white in the center. For the ones that you don't use, you can slice them up into smaller pieces and place them in the center of the heart shaped pumpkin bread.
Note: You can also see this technique used in my Instructable "Love & Popsicles" where strawberries are frozen in coconut-strawberry popsicles made using a paletas recipe. Paletas are Mexican popsicles made with fresh fruit.