Pumpkin Bread

I know I already waxed poetic about pumpkin, but now that I have made this bread with my own pumpkin puree from scratch, I just had to include this recipe on the blog.

The puree was really easy to make – very similar to the butternut squash.  Bake it in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour in a dish filled with a 1/4″ of water and covered with foil.  The pumpkin skin holds up really well, so just squeeze the pumpkin (once cooled) to get any extra water out and then scoop into a food processor and puree for a minute or so.  This tastes so much better than the canned puree and makes excellent bread!  Or cookies, or pie.  The possibilities are fattening! I mean, endless.  🙂

Pumpkin Nut Loaf

(from Good Things Catered)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/3 c. milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp oil (or use 2 Tbsp. oil and 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree for a lighter bread)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 c. pumpkin puree
1 c. chopped walnuts, plus more for topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare loaf pan (or mini loaf pans)
-In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, powder, salt, spices and whisk to combine.
-In large bowl of mixer beat oil, butter and sugars until creamy until lightened in color and texture, about 3 minutes.
-Beat in eggs one at a time.
-Add pumpkin puree and beat until combined; scrape down sides of bowl.
-Add milk and vanilla and beat until combined; scrape down sides of bowl.
-With mixer on lowest setting, add flour mixture just until barely combined.
-Remove bowl from mixer and fold in 1 c. walnuts.
-Scrape batter into pan(s) and spread evenly.
-Top with extra chopped walnuts and place into oven.
-Bake about until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour for regular loaf and 35-40 minutes for mini loaf.
-Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 20 minutes.
-Turn out onto wire rack and let cool completely.

To Your Health,

Nutmeg

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