Recently, it’s gotten a lot chillier here in the Midwest. Not like freezing cold (although it did dip to 28° F one morning), but you’d be able to feel the change if it was 30° hotter a couple weeks past. With the cool weather and falling leaves (yay, time to rake leaves…), warm spices is THE way to go. All that cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves… I think can all agree that fall smells the most delicious out of all the seasons.
Fall has been here for a while, and it’s high time to start chugging out pumpkin recipes. I recently bought 3 huge cans of pumpkin puree (29 oz) and I need to put them to good use. Not that it’s going to be hard- Pintrest and Foodgawker is flooded with pumpkin recipes, like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin scones, pumpkin soup…
I wanted to start off this pumpkin season with something that’s familiar, yet comfortingly delicious: pumpkin bread. It’s soft and moist, and keeps very well. It’s great for gift-giving. Plus- bonus!- this recipe is actually on the healthier side. But it doesn’t taste “healthy”, if you understand what I mean. Easy to whip up, satisfying, and healthy– what’s not to love?
Pumpkin Bread (adapted from allrecipes.com)
(makes about 2 loaves)
- 4 eggs
- 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree (or homemade, if you’re a boss)
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs so the yolks pop. Add the pumpkin puree, oil, applesauce, and both sugars until well blended and uniform.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until just incorporated. Pour into the pans.
- Bake for about 40 mins. The pumpkin bread is done when a toothpick comes out clean.
P.S. I know it looks like it’s summer time in those pictures, but the weather has been crazy. One day it looks like a gorgeous summer day, and the next…
See what I mean?