December 13, 2021
While the job description may read “actor,” their life may dissolve into the normal duties of a human once they leave the set. Actors still need to pump gas in their cars and shop at Target every now and then. They also bake special holiday treats with their moms. Ask Beanie Feldstein.
The Jewish actress has joined an impressive cast of actors for the October release, “The Humans.” While the title may sound like an end-of-the-world invasion thriller, it’s just a slow-burning family drama. Set on Thanksgiving in a run-down Brooklyn apartment, a large family of parents, siblings, and a new love come together for the most uncomfortable meal, one that sparks family secrets and misery.
But the dish that Feldstein cooks with his mother each November is certainly not. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to “Shay’s Simple Pumpkin Bread”.
You may be wondering something: how did I get this recipe? And knowing that Ms. Feldstein would surely be a gas, I can thank A24, the distributor behind “The Humans,” for sending in the favorite recipes of her cast members. Feldstein’s choice was the one she made with her mother, Shay, every fall.
“My mom, Shay, and I are obsessed with this recipe,” Feldstein writes on the back of the recipe card. “We watch the parade, listen to Carole King and cook two different batches.”
Just because they do it on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t be done in December, or June for that matter. The pumpkin bread culture can be felt all year round (I’m talking to you, Starbucks, Emperors of Pumpkin Spice Lattes). The secret to Beanie and Shay’s dish is that they don’t limit the outing to just one piece of dessert.
Isn’t that the worst? Come to a house for a vacation reunion and there is a cake for the whole crew. There is a small amount of joy in the thinnest slice of cake, something that Feldstein’s family sidesteps in a beautifully extra way.
“We’re making one with chocolate chips, for one of my brothers, and one with raisins for my other brother,” Feldstein noted. “As a little sister, no one has ever really cared which one I like best… but if anyone is wondering, I’m the chocolate chip team! “
Imagine that. You are a well-known actress with a growing career, and your brothers dictate what particular ingredient should be put on a dish. All of this confirms the fact that Feldstein is not only an excellent actress, she is also an even bigger sister.
Fans of HBO’s “Succession” may suggest that Feldstein and his mother bring a few batches of Simple Pumpkin Bread to the Waystar Royco building and calm down those hateful souls. She is exactly what they need.
If you are still wondering where you saw the Feldstein movies, look for these few movies: “How to Build a Girl”, “Lady Bird” and “Booksmart”. And she is set to open on Broadway in 2022 as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl.”
This Thursday, I’ll be sharing my review of “The Humans,” which is currently streaming on Hulu, Showtime, and Amazon Prime Video. The recipe for “Shay’s Simple Pumpkin Bread” follows below.
Shay’s Simple Pumpkin Bread
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup of organic canned pumpkin
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 1/3 cups Bisquick
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the mold.
- mix all the ingredients together.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes.