Bekah’s Pumpkin Bread2014-10-25
- Cuisine: Baking, Holiday
- Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Snack, Vegetarian
- Skill Level: LFR, Normal
- Yield : 2 big loafs or 4 small loafs
- Prep Time : 10m
- Cook Time : 50m
- Ready In : 60m
I know it’s yummy but I’m an equal opportunity quick bread lover. This is just a distinctly holiday version.- Bekah
- 3c sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1c oil
- 2-2.5c canned pumpkin**
- 3.5c flour
- 1tsp ea Baking powder, Baking soda, ground cloves*, cinnamon*, nutmeg*, allspice*
- 2tsp salt
- 2/3c water
- Chopped nuts to taste
*Adjust to taste. Whatever you like in your pumpkin pie is going to work fine in this. Add new stuff, subtract, whatever… truthfully it’s hard to screw up. I tend to add a little more cinnamon.
** This impacts the density only. 2c seems to work best for frozen/cold/leftovers or if you intend to put butter on it while it’s warm/room temp. It also makes the spices pop out a bit more. 2.5c makes it deliciously moist on the day of but it’s not as good as 2c the second day and it crumbles too much to butter. It’s also a little bit milder and more pumpkin-y. I usually make 2c.
Mix Wet. Mix Dry. Mix Together. Pour into loaf pans- only halfway full unless you want a pumpkin volcano all over your oven.
Put nuts on top if you like. If you're nutty for nuts you can stir in whatever amount you like. Pecans or walnuts are my recommendation- not salted. Makes two big loafs or 4 smallish loafs. Big loaf will give 8-10people a proper 1-1.5inch slice. Small loafs are great for 2 people breakfasts- 2 slices + milk = yum.
Bake at 350 for 50-60min for a large loaf- give it a look at 45 because burned bread sucks. Check small loafs starting at 30min. If the top starts browning too fast- flatten some foil over the top. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted doesn't come out with goo and the house smells like the holidays.
I experimented last year with freezing some of the Thanksgiving batter to make Christmas loafs and received no feedback on the taste from the family- I took a nibble of one and it was a bit more dense but otherwise equally tasty so you can make in advance. I wouldn’t freeze for more than a month or so though. Thanksgiving to Christmas yes. Christmas to Thanksgiving no.
This also makes delicious muffins (although a potentially large number of muffins- I’ve never made a full batch of muffins before just subbed out a loaf and made muffins instead). Start checking those at 30min too. Could probably make a really delicious cake/cupcakes too maybe with a cream cheese icing. Yum.