Thursday, September 8, 2011

My First Pumpkin Recipe of the Season

I love pumpkin! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pasta, almost anything that contains pumpkin. The smell of pumpkin pie transports me back to my grandmothers kitchen. My grandmother was from a family of 13 children and she had 10 children herself, to include my mother. She was an avid baker and an excellent cook. I believe I got my love of baking from her. In fact my earliest memory is of making pumpkin pies and spiced donuts with her. Although she has been gone for sometime now her recipes and memories live on in my heart and mind.

This recipe is not my grandmothers, although hers was very similar, this one is from a Paula Dean magazine from Fall of 2010. The recipe is easy and excellent. I made a plain loaf and I also made pumpkin chocolate loaf! That was a first for me and it is scrumptious.


recipe and finished bread! Delicious
The recipe is as follows:

Pumpkin Bread by Paula Dean
2 loaves

21/2 cups of pumpkin puree
4 large eggs beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup of water
3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
3 cups of sugar
2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 ground nutmeg
optional, chocolate chunks
1. Preheat oven to 350, spay pans with non stick spray or grease with oil.
2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, and water. In separate bowl combine all  dry ingredients.
3. Gradually add dry mixture to wet. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into prepared pans.
4. Bake until toothpick comes out clean.
5. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.

Notes: I am not sure what size pans I used but I ended up with a small loaf and two big loafs using aluminum pans from the grocery store. My bread took at least an hour and 10 minutes to bake. This recipe recommends using 9x5 loaf pan. I will remember next time to use the correct size pan. I also added about a cup of chocolate morsels to the batter for the second loaf. The chocolate and the pumpkin spice combination is delicious.

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  1. Ooooh, Elizabeth, this looks fabulous! I am so ready for some warm fall yummies, I'm printing out this recipe. Thank You! (Must have the chocolate morsels, of course, hee)
    As I child, my Grandma made sure I had cooked pumpkin several times a week. It took about 30 years for me to eat it again, but now I love it!
    One of my favorite fall loaves is the banana bread from Martha Stewart. I add chocolate chips to that as well. It is so moist and scrumptious.
    How wonderful for you to have such a large family...

    All the best,
    - Irina

  2. Elizabeth,
    I can almost smell the spices of this! It looks yummy!

  3. Yummo! You had me at pumpkin!

  4. THE CHOCOLATE IS THE SECRET, isn't it???????? Oh how I love pumpkin muffins; I best use this recipe and tweak it for muffins and add FINE chocolate chips!

    HELLO ELIZABETH!!! I have had a wild week back to school!!!! COming here is comforting!!!!

    MILLE BISES, Anita

  5. I've never baked with pumpkin, but this sounds so delicious I may just give it a go!


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