10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston: #6 Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Bread from Sinfull Bakery

In 2010, I had a grand ol' time scouring Houston for outstanding pumpkin dishes. One year later I'm older, definitely not wiser, and still in love with orange squash. So from now until Thanksgiving I'll be counting down (again) 10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston. Forks at the ready!

I know the haters among you will insist that "cream cheese" should be in quotes in the title of this post considering my #6 is devoid of animal products. Indeed, the Pumpkin & Cream Cheese bread, like many of the delicious wares from Sinfull Bakery, is vegan. #6 Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Bread from Sinfull Bakery

Now, here's where I should write something like, "But it's still delicious!" The implications of that phrase, however, disturb me: I don't believe labeling a food "vegan" should necessitate a follow-up assurance of its quality. Especially when Sinfull Bakery isn't just a good vegan bakery (though it has been officially called such), it's a great bakery. Period.

Anyway, that's my rant.

Now on to the delectable pumpkin bread. I'm a sucker for mini-loafs, aka "tea breads," but my preference isn't just based on the oh-so-cute size. In my experience, diminutive loaves are moister and denser than regular varieties; the Pumpkin & Cream Cheese bread is no exception. I give credit to light swirls of (vegan) cream cheese.

And while the consistency is soft, the taste certainly isn't, for at the heart of this bread is some hard-core pumpkin flavor. Aiding and abetting the squash are the usual culprits: ginger, nutmeg, all-spice, etc.

The spices pack quite a punch, so I suggest eating your mini-loaf slice by slice with some (soy or cow) milk. Or if you're feeling really indulgent, a glass of pumpkin eggnog.

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