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04 Oct 2010

Pumpkin Bread MADNESS

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I was so excited at the store the other day when I saw, for the first time in months… Pumpkin Puree’!!! I love making and eating pumpkin bread so much, I think it’s my favorite thing about Fall. Plus, Garrett loves it and it’s a hit with my friends. (I’m insecure, so if I do ANYTHING my friends like, it makes me feel good about myself. For a minute. No longer.) Anyhoo, I’ve been using the same recipe for a couple of years (printed out on a piece of paper), and I really wanted to post it here but I can’t find it online again! So I’m going to type it up for you here, with my additions. Let me know how it works out!!

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree’ (Remember to use puree’, NOT pumpkin pie filling!!)
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, beaten (or 1/3 cup liquid egg whites)
1/4 cup water (This ingredient is SO important)

My additions:
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 mashed banana
1 tbsp flax meal

Preheat oven to 350.
Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda, and spices.
In a separate bowl, combine oil and sugar. Add water, eggs, vanilla, flax meal and stir.
Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined well. I use a beater on medium. You don’t want to over-mix.

Pour into well-greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on rack before taking out of pan.

Some tips:
Always double the recipe and make two breads! One goes so quickly, and this bread freezes well!

Yesterday I had my biggest bread success. My oven runs a tad hot, so the outside of the bread often gets well done and the inside is a little undercooked. SO, I baked at 350 for 46 minutes, then lightly covered with foil and baked four more minutes. Then I turned the oven off and left it four more minutes. I don’t know why… But it worked great!

The above picture is NOT the bread I baked, but it’s a reasonable likeness. I forgot to snap a photo before I cut it up. I suck.

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