I think one of the reasons why I liked my original pumpkin bread so much is because I had enough batter to fill the pan half way. The result was a pumpkin loaf as big as one you'd buy in the store (but better-tasting).
When I made the pumpkin bread I made for the blog, I doubled the recipe again and made two loaves. They still taste amazing, but they did not rise as high as the loaf I made back in September. I think if I tweaked the recipe to 1.5x the original and made one loaf, I'd get the type of bread I come to expect. I look forward to figuring that out and trying it!
It's also worth noting that this pumpkin bread is made like a cake, which makes it especially yummy. Instead of mixing vegetable oil or melted butter into the dry ingredients, you cream the butter and the sugar. This makes the texture more like a cake than a quick bread or muffin. I love the mix of spices in this recipe, which includes lots of cinnamon and some cloves and ginger.
Anyway, here is the recipe and pictures of my favorite homemade pumpkin bread!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups solid packed, canned pumpkin puree
Pumpkin bread is always better the next day. I personally love it nice and cold. When you put it in the fridge over night - wrapped in plastic wrap and tin foil - it gets a lovely sticky top. Yum! Since this pumpkin bread was prepared the way you prepare cake, it's just like cake. If you want to be REALLY bad, top with cream cheese frosting.
Be on the lookout for my Grammy's EASY pumpkin bread recipe. Great for lazy bakers (such as myself) and busy parents. :) (UPDATE: Now available here).
Joy of Baking Pumpkin Cupcakes: http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/PumpkinCupcakes.html
UPDATE 10/17/11: I froze the loaf you see above on the right and decided to take it camping. I let my niece try it, then she let her cousins try it. Next thing I knew, it was gone in about 30 seconds! They really loved it. It made me feel like super-aunt.
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