03 October 2012

Pumpkin Bread


Hi everyone and a very happy Fall to you all! 

I'm Rachel, and I'm back to satisfy your sweet tooth with a classic staple in my fall repertoire- pumpkin bread. I can't think of a better way to usher in fall than with the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves wafting through your kitchen. 

I have not always been on the pumpkin bandwagon. Pumpkin pie was always something that I passed over at the Thanksgiving dessert table in favor of something chocolatey. I only began adding this velvety smooth treat to my dessert plate at recent Thanksgivings. Pumpkin BREAD, however, is something that I have been a fan of for quite some time now.  My affinity for it comes not only from it being perfectly delicious, but also because it conjures up some of my favorite memories. In college, I began a wonderful tradition of visiting my parents in Atlanta for a long fall weekend in October. This now annual trip that I take stemmed from my need to escape the busy concrete jungle of New York City for some quiet R&R in suburbia. It has evolved into a beloved and highly anticipated weekend filled with festive fall activities. On our agenda you will find: My mom and I dressing the house in Halloween decor, my parents (and now husband and younger sister) and I will drive to the north Georgia mountains to purchase the Coburn family pumpkin (a massive ~80 lb pumpkin that sits on our front step), apple picking, walks around my neighborhood to enjoy the weather, and of course, baking pumpkin bread. 


My mom and I always make this treat on my last night before I leave to go back home. This is to ensure that I actually have a loaf to bring back with me. The women in my family have self control issues when it comes to dessert. I may or may not have arrived back to my dorm with a half eaten loaf (there is a lot of time between airport security and the taxi ride back to campus!). In any case, I know that there are countless pumpkin bread recipes out there, but this one is delicious. It is sweet, moist, and flavorful with the best spices. I would recommend baking yourself a loaf even if you don't like pumpkin because the smell is simply amazing. I hope you enjoy and find yourself in the fall spirit! 



Pumpkin Bread
(From Robin Schimenti, family friend)
Makes 1 loaf

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
1/3 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of all spice, cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg (1/2 tsp of each)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl and set aside
Mix sugar and oil together
Add eggs
Add pumpkin and water
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients
Bake in greased loaf pan for 1 hour

4 comments:

  1. Umm can you send some to Atlanta, please?! :-)

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  2. Oh pumpkin bread, so delicious! This is making my mouth water:)

    xo
    Alison

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