Thursday, October 6, 2022

Pumpkin Bread

It is now officially Fall. The calendar says it's fall, but long before September 22, 2022. the pumpkin spice products roll out. There is pumpkin spice everything. Most of them I don't like but I really like pumpkin cake, bread and pie. So this weekend I baked. First I tried a recipe I saw on Tic Tok. It involves using only two ingredients. It calls for one cake mix (preferably spice cake) and a can of pumpkin. That was easy enough. I didn't have a spice cake mix so I used a yellow cake mix, pumpkin pie spice and the pumpkin. You just mix it up and put it in a greased loaf pan. The loaf bakes at 350 degrees for a long time.  It took 70 minutes.  Test at 60 minutes just to see if a skewer comes out clean. You could put this batter into muffin tins and muffins will bake for less time.

This tasted good but for obvious reasons the texture was more like cake. I like a more bread-like texture so I made a second loaf to compare. I used this recipe. There are many pumpkin bread recipes online, and they are all basically the same. This one was good, although I didn't use the individual spices. I used pumpkin pie spice.  Click the link for details but here is the recipe.

Pumpkin Bread

2 Cups of all purpose flour

1/2 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. baking powder

1 t. ground cloves

1 t. ground cinnamon

1 t. ground nutmeg

(I substituted pumpkin pie spice for these three spices)

1 1/2 sticks butter

2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

1 15 oz can of pure pumpkin 

Combine all the dry ingredients and set aside

Mix together the butter and sugar, add the eggs until fluffy and then add in the pumpkin.

Put in a greased or sprayed loaf pan.  I should have used two pans as the recipe states.  I put it in one pan and it's huge.  It took a long time to bake. The recipe says 325 degrees for 65-75 minutes.  

This bread freezes beautifully, so you can make it now for Thankgiving.

 I would have shown a photo of the slices, but I forgot to take a picture. I ate the whole loaf in less than a week. I want to make another, but I don't dare. I could make one for the freezer, but I have been know to slice off frozen bakery if I am desperate. I should wait until it's closer to the holidays.

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