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Award-Winning Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I had a request for this recipe on another board, so I'll post it here. When my kids were young, we used this recipe numerous times to make either pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins which we entered in our annual Unionville (PA) Community Fair. Without fail, each time we entered, we won first place ribbons, the kids in their respective age categories, and me in the adult category. One year the muffins even won Best of Show (best out of all baked goods entered by elementary school students). Now that the kids are grown, the recipe still remains a family favorite. It's been a few years since I've submitted any entries in the Fair, so I'm no longer quite so protective of the recipe.

Makes one loaf. Recipe may be doubled.

1¾ cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. double-acting baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1½ cups sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/3 cup water
½ cup yellow raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a Pyrex loaf pan, 9 by 5 by 3 inches.

Into a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

In another bowl beat together the eggs, oil, pumpkin puree and water. Add to the flour mixture and beat until the batter is combined. Stir in the raisins (if using). Pout the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Using the tip of a sharp knife, draw a line down the length of the surface of the batter. (This helps the appearance of the baked loaf.)

Bake in center of preheated oven for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. (Test after 1 hour and 15 minutes.) Let the bread cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Turn it out onto a rack (if desired) and let it cool completely.

*The same recipe can be used to make six giant pumpkin muffins, but the baking time is shorter; test muffins for doneness after 55-60 minutes.

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  1. Thank you very much for sharing, CindyJ.

    1. Funny I was given this recipe a long time ago and have always gotten rave reviews with it, too. I add dried ginger to it and replace the water with apple cider. The can of pumpkin puree is the small one (15 oz), not the big one--made that mistake in the beginning and had some pretty solid bread.

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      1. re: chowser

        Reading the recipe above, it looks like it calls for 1 cup of the puree, rather than 1 can of the puree. So it sounds like you're using 15 oz, which I believe is more than 1 cup, and still having good results?

        1. re: diablita FL

          You're right, diablita, the recipe calls for one CUP, not one can.

          1. re: diablita FL

            Yes, sorry, I read that wrong. I do use a whole can. Maybe that's why it's so moist. But, I still get a great rise out of it.

            1. re: chowser

              I have this recipe baking in the oven right now. I added pecans. It smells heavenly.

              1. re: chowser

                I use a similar recipe from Joy of Cooking. I use a 15 oz can for a two loaf recipe. Molasses goes well with the other spices.

                Since I want something that I can eat for breakfast, with at least the illusion of healthy eating, I cut the sugar in half, and use a mix of (white)whole wheat flour, and various brans and ground nuts.

                paulj

                1. re: paulj

                  I've also cut the oil in half and used applesauce and the added applesauce makes up for less sugar. It's also good with a mix of brown sugar and white.

                  1. re: chowser

                    I once forgot the oil, and didn't notice much difference.

                    I like to place parchment paper on the bottom of the loaf pan.

          2. I keep coming back to this recipe because it sounds so delicious. I'm definitely going to try it tomorrow!

            And thanks for the additional info about the pumpkin qty, Cindy and Chowser. It sounds like there's some room for variation since it's a quick bread.

            1. I just took mine out of the oven and as suggested by others I used a mixture of whole wheat flour, buck wheat flour and bran. I used applesauce and egg whites as well (to replace oil and eggs) and added pecans (had some left over from Thanksgiving). The basic recipe is super forgiving, very moist, and my husband loved it. Thanks so much for recipe CindyJ. I will be making this again.

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              1. re: Super Salad

                I'm really delighted to hear that the recipe is a "winner" in your homes, too. ENJOY!!

              2. I made this tonight and it is really delicious!

                I made a couple of changes:
                used 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
                used 1/4 cup oil + 1/4 cup applesauce
                added 1 cup Guittard bittersweet chocolate chunks (yum)