Sunday, November 4, 2012

Moist and Spicy Pumpkin Bread

Hello! I hope you're having a wonderful day! We're having a very blessed weekend here. We borrowed our grandchildren from their parents on Friday evening and took them to see Wreck it Ralph. Our 3 year old grandson was so enthralled that he didn't try to wander from his seat even once. I can tell you that very rarely happens! We had the best time with them. I made them treat bags (and snuck them in!) It was so much fun to look over at their dear faces as they enjoyed the movie and munched on their candy and kid cartons of popcorn. I love my family so much!  

With the harvest season fully upon us the air is crisper and the evenings have a bit of a chill, even here in Charleston. I'm drawn to my kitchen more than ever this time of year, and I find myself craving everything to do with pumpkin.

Yesterday I baked up my favorite pumpkin bread, finding joy in each moment of the preparation. There's something about this bread that warms the heart as well as the soul, filling your home with the most heavenly aromas of the season as it bakes. The recipe turns out two large moist, spicy loaves, every bite filled with rich pumpkin flavor. I cut them in half, wrap them securely, and pop the extras in the freezer. Now I can produce a scrumptious treat at a moments notice! This is one of my go-to home baked goodies to add to my gift baskets during the Christmas season. 

If you'd like to add this to your own holiday table I've shared the recipe below. Thank you so much for stopping by today! You have made my day more special with your visit! Hugs,      

Pumpkin Bread

3 cups Flour
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Ground Ginger
½ tsp. Ground Cloves
2 cups mashed pumpkin
1 cup Oil
½ cup Butter at room temperature
2 cups Sugar
4 Eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 350
Grease 2 9x5 loaf pans
Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl. Combine oil and sugar in another bowl. Add pumpkin and eggs and mix well. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture until just blended.  Pour into 2 greased 9x5 loaf pans. Bake at 350 for about 50-55 minutes.