October 24, 2008

Pumpkin Bread


As my recent posts will contest there are two things you can know for certain. I love pumpkin and I love finding new recipes to mingle with my old. Recently I made an old favorite of mine for Grumpy and his daddy to take on a hunting trip with them.


As the aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger waft through the house it makes me feel some comfort. Baking or even cooking is a way for me to relax. It doesn't matter if the sun is shining or the rain is falling. As long as I am cozy and warm in my home filled with spicy aromas I am happy.

The original recipe calls for a whole cup of oil and 2/3 cup of water. When I made this the very first time I forgot the water. It didn't make a bit of difference and I loved the way the bread turned out so much that I don't bother to add it when I do make it. I use only 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup applesauce instead of a whole cup of oil. It also called for 3 cups of sugar but I used 2 cups granulated sugar and 1/2 cup loosely packed Spenda Brown Sugar Blend.

Pumpkin Bread
adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

19 comments:

  1. Oh, that looks divine! It's cold this morning. I'd like two pieces of this toasted, please, with as much butter as they can hold.

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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  2. Pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins for the weekend. You have created quite a dilemma for me. You know I'm a Libra and have a hard time with decisions. LOL

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  3. Anything with cloves has my vote! Great looking pumpkin bread!

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  4. We are thinking alike again!! Im making pumpkin bread today too and a few people asked me to post my recipe. I have used it for years and it's still my favorite. Your bread recipe looks so good. I love the applesauce addition. My recipe has 3 cups of sugar too.

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  5. Thanks, Honey B. I have drool all over my shirt now. :) I am making this SOON. Yay for pumpkins!

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  6. Yummy! I don't think you can go wrong with pumpkin bread.

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  7. Smelling the words just inspires me enough to make this yummy pumpkin bread!

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  8. That looks wonderful! I love the smell of pumpkin baked goods in the oven. I just made some pumpkin apple muffins yesterday that were fantastic, and they smelled just the way you described. Yay for pumpkin and fall comfort baking!

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  9. Looks amazing I wish I could have two slices!

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  10. Sounds really comforting indeed! Delicious...

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  11. oh that looks great! I want some! :)

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  12. This one looks so homey and delicious!

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  13. I can never get enough pumpkin! I love it year 'round. I'll post my pumpkin coffee cake just for you and Grumpy on Monday. :-)

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  14. I love, love, love pumpkin bread. I think I may have to bake some this weekend.

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  15. This looks delicious and so simple! Thanks HoneyB!

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  16. What is it about the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger that just makes me want to stay at home, read a book, and just putter around? This recipe looks delicious!

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  17. I just love pumpkin bread too. Your pictures have me craving it so much, it's been a while since i've had some. I suppose it's time to start baking it. Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. I can never have too many pumpkin bread recipes. This looks great.

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