Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

Happy Fall to All!!!

Here is the Pumpkin Bread recipe that has been consuming my Baking time! This is a quick and easy recipe, that is especially delicious during this time of year. (taken from my Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.)

1 cup All-purpose Flour
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt (I either omit entirely or put a pinch in)
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Ginger or Ground cloves (I use Ginger)
1 cup Canned Pumpkin
1/2 cup Milk
2 Eggs (egg whites work too)
1/3 cup Shortening
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup chopped Walnuts (I leave these out because of Matt ; ) )
1/2 cup Raisins (I leave these out because of me ; ) )

Grease your Loaf Pan.
Combine the 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix together.
Add pumpkin, milk, eggs, and shortening. Beat on low speed til blended.
Beat on Medium to high speed for 2 minutes.
Add the last 1 cup Flour and beat til blended.
Fold in Walnuts and Raisins if you use them ; )

Spoon batter into your pan or pans, if you are like me and have fallen in love with these mini-loaf pans!! Fill 3/4's full.

Bake at 350 for 60 minutes if using 1 9X5X3 loaf pan and bake for 30/35 minutes if using 4 mini loaf pans. Do the toothpick test to make sure the center is cooked.
Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Enjoy! It is yummy!

To my Baking friends, if you do make this recipe and find a way to make it better...please let me know ; ) Thanks.

Also, any thoughts on the All-vegetable Shortening....use it or substitute it for something healthier...I am honestly not sure. Please share if you have any wisdom regarding this!!!!


Mom said...

Good recipe....but can you put the first day of school pictures and dance pictures on, thanks, I am anxious to see them.
Love you,

Unknown said...

Yeah, lady! Where are THOSE pics...ok?? I want to see Madelin's first day of DANCE!!!!!!!!!

We are waittttttttinggggggggg!

rebecca said...

Hi Melissa. Making pumpkin bread is the perfect way to celebrate the first day of autumn tomorrow. I'm sure your house must smell delicious!!! We often substitute oil or shortening with a pureed fruit -- usually applesauce or mashed banana for a healthier option.


P.S. I can't wait to see the dancing pictures too. I also can't believe Madelin is old enough to take dance now! What a big girl!!! It must be so fun for all of you to see both girls dancing now!!! :)

Faith said...

Melissa -
Your bread looks delicious and beautiful :-) And I love the plaque you have sitting behind the bread that says "Christ is the center of our home, the guest at every meal, the silent listener in every conversation." My grandmother has that in her house and I have always just loved that saying!!! :)

Marlene said...

Yum! As for a substitute, if you can find it for a reasonable price, coconut oil is a good substitute (and will give a subtle coconut flavor). But it can cost up to $10 for a 16 oz jar. Sad :(

Those pics of Madelin trying on shoes are darling! Svea misses her and talks about her!