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