Pumpkin Spice Bread

One of my favorite things about Charleston is that it clearly gets a much longer fall than New Orleans did.  It’s in the 70s in September, the leaves are falling, and the air is crisp!  I love pumpkin – especially the pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin bread at Starbucks.  I decided to bake a pumpkin bread.  The search for the right recipe was tough.  Some are over the top, with streusel toppings or nutella swirls.  Don’t get me wrong – I was drooling over those.  But, I wanted a simple basic bread.  Something with more spice than sweetness.  Something to eat with my coffee in the morning.

This one definitely fit the bill.  Some great things about this recipe were that it’s all hand mixing, so no having to pull out (and clean) your stand mixer or hand mixer, and it makes two loaves.  Bring one to a neighbor or someone who has helped you out lately.

Pumpkin Spice Bread – originally from http://www.recipegirl.com/2008/06/03/pumpkin-bread/

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups granulated white sugar (I know this sounds like a lot, but it makes 2 loaves and really is not overly sweet)
  • 1/2 cup oil & 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (if you don’t have applesauce, you can just use 1 cup oil)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pure (unsweetened) pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup water
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 9×5″ loaf pans.  If your loaf pan is silicone, you really don’t need to do this.
In one bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and oil.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the  flour through the salt, as listed in the ingredients above.
Combine the two bowls’ contents into one – stir thoroughly.  Next, add pumpkin and water and stir to combine all.
Divide the batter between the prepared pans.  If you only have one, like me, fill 3/4 of the pan with batter.
Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and fifteen minutes.  Mine was ready at 1 hour, so be sure to check! Bake until a toothpick comes out clean.
Next, munch on your loaf while your put a sassy ribbon on the other loaf.  Bring the other loaf to someone to prevent you from eating two loaves of bread.

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