Monday, September 26, 2011

Homemade Pumpkin Bread

There is just nothing like waking up to a clear blue sky, the feel of a cool, crisp, breeze, and the smells of leaves and orchards.  Fall really is the most wonderful time of year! The weather is perfect and the smells are so pleasing.  But the absolute best part about the fall are the flavors that accompany it! From apples to cider and the delicious butternut squash, the foods of fall are beyond satisfying.  I have been working up such a craving for fall foods that I figured I would start the season off right with homemade pumpkin bread! I absolutely adore anything with pumpkin in it so I promise to bring you vast amounts of pumpkin recipes this season. In fact, you may get sick of all the pumpkin recipes I will be bringing to the table! :)



Homemade Pumpkin Bread (One loaf with walnuts and the other without)

Ingredients:
-2/3 cup shortening
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1 2/3 cup sugar
-1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
-1 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon cloves
-1/2 teaspoon allspice
-2/3 cup milk
-2 eggs
-1 15oz can pumpkin
-Walnuts or pecans for sprinkling (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, soften the shortening.  Add in all of the dry ingredients and stir.  Pour in the milk.  Once the milk is mixed in, beat in the eggs.  Add in the pumpkin into all ingredients are well combined.

In a greased loaf pan, pour the batter in about 3/4 of the way.  Sprinkle the nuts on top if using (I had enough batter to make one regular sized loaf and then a little extra to make a baby sized loaf, so I sprinkled nuts on top of that one and left the other without).  Place in the oven and bake 50-60 minutes or until the center of the bread no longer jiggles when shaken and it bounces back slightly when touched.

Serve warm for breakfast, lunch, or after dinner treat! I like to eat it for breakfast with a hot cup of pumpkin spice coffee! Enjoy!



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22 comments:

  1. I could never get sick of pumpkin recipes! Your pumpkin bread looks delicious and now I'm excited to make this. Our pumpkins are coming very soon here, so can't wait to try it.

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  2. Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite fall pumpkin treats to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!! It looks so moist and yummy!

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  3. Ohh... pumpkin!! I love pumpkin! in fack I have a pumpkin soup for my breakfast today! We have the same feeling then?
    Tq for sharing this recipe :)
    that pumpkin break looks soft & yummy for breakfast! buzzed! ;)

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  4. I just had my first slice of pumpkin bread today. Love love all the pumpkin treats that are going to come around this season.

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  5. Elyse, yummy pumpkin bread! I love your collection of recipes!!

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  6. Love all the pumpkin recipes I am seeing! This looks amazing Elyse.

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  7. That bread looks so good! I don't think I could ever get sick of pumpkin recipes. Keep em' coming!

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  8. This sounds so good... it is spring here, but it's been raining as if it was fall... hehehe I may be able to try it! :-)

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  9. Oh, we LOVE pumpkin bread! I need to make this soon!!!

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  10. This looks soo delicious! Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9!! :)

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  11. I never tried a similar bread. I think now it is time I do! Thanks for the recipe.

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  12. Thanks everyone for buzzing me into the top 9!

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  13. I'm going crazy for all things pumpkin!
    Looks delicious :)

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  14. I would definitely add the walnuts. I think they go perfectly with pumpkin. this looks wonderful!

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  15. Pumpkin the harbinger of fall and I love this recipe. I thing I can smell the aroma from here

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  16. So warming and ready for fall. Looks healthy and rustic :)

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  17. Back to tell you that I know you can make a delicious souffle!!! You are a fabulous baker, so I bet it was just the recipe :)

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  18. Thank you Lizzy... I'll have to give it another go this year and report back to you! :)

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