As many of you know from a previous post, autumn is my favourite season and I love all things pumpkin. I couldn’t resist sharing (at least) one pumpkin recipe with all of you!
Pumpkin Spiced Bread
I have never tried to make pumpkin bread before, so this was my first attempt. I based my efforts off of a recipe I found online, but I significantly modified it to make it lighter (read: somewhat healthier – I can’t claim that it’s “healthy,” but it is definitely healthier than the original version). The results were delicious, which JP can attest to.
- 2 cups of pumpkin puree
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of applesauce
- 2/3 cup of water
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed
- If you don’t have any ground cloves, you can use allspice or skip it altogether. I always consider spices to be “to taste.” Feel free to modify the quantities to your likings
- This recipe makes three 7×3 inch loaves, so if you don’t have enough pans (or simply want something other than bread), then you can make pumpkin muffins instead (or a combination of both options)
- This bread would be delicious with cream cheese icing, but that is definitely not even remotely healthy. JP and I have been eating it plain without complaint
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, applesauce, water, vanilla, and sugars until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and flaxseed. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans (I used aluminum foil to eliminate the mess).
Bake for about an hour. The loaves are done when a toothpick inserted in the centres comes out clean.
What is your favourite pumpkin recipe?