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January 6, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Today we're going to take a walk down the path of life backward, all the way back to Thanksgiving! Why the journey back in time? Because I haven't really blogged new recipes since this was made and this one was just too good not to share! In fact the recipes over the next few days will all be Thanksgiving throw backs, but trust me...You'll want to try them! Who says it has to be Thanksgiving to have a little dessert?

I'm a huge pumpkin fan. I have been for as long as I can remember. I look forward to the time of year when it's "acceptable" to pull out the pumpkin, though these days you can buy it in the can year round (and in fact this bread was actually made with the canned variety), or you could even make up some pumpkin and freeze it when pumpkin is in season to pull out for later use. Heck you could even make the actual bread and freeze it for later use! What's not to like about that?

The special touch to this bread is walnut oil and maple syrup. Both of the elements give the bread and very lovely undertone. This bread is perfect warm or even at room temperature. I love it for breakfast or a snack. I also think it would be neat to take it and make a French toast casserole, but I haven't put that idea to the test yet. For now let's get on with things and a get a little pumpkin bread baking!

What You'll Need:
1 - 29 ounce can of pumpkin (Note: NOT pumpkin pie mix!)
4 eggs
1 cup of natural brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 cup of roasted walnut oil
1/4 cup of maple syrup
3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour

Pumpkin Bread: Ready to Bake

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl cream together pumpkin, eggs and brown sugar until smooth. Next stir in nutmeg, cinnamon, sea salt and baking powder until completely incorporated. Add oil and maple syrup and stir to mix. Last add flour and stir until just incorporated.

Pour batter evenly between two loaf pans that have been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake in a preheated oven for one hour or until bread sticks done.

Remove from oven and let cool in pans for 15-20 minutes and then turn out onto a cotton towel and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Notes: If you are making this for someone with nut allergies obviously the walnut oil is a no no. You could substitute safflower or light olive oil instead. If you aren't dealing with nut allergies you could add in a cup of chopped walnuts too.

Posted by Dianne at January 6, 2009 8:19 AM

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French toast w/ pumpkin bread. Be. still. my. heart! I think I'm going to have to invite myself over for that one! :)

Posted by: katherine at January 6, 2009 9:26 AM

I am so making this! I went nuts with some coupons and the next thing I know I have a ton of canned pumpkin in my pantry. I was wondering what the heck I was going to do with it!

Thanks for the idea! It looks great!

Posted by: Dar at January 6, 2009 10:13 AM

I love pumpkin bread, it is so good with pecan cream cheese! YUMMY

Posted by: bakingblonde at January 6, 2009 8:27 PM

Ooh, I bet this is great with the walnut oil. My favorite carrot cake recipe uses it as well, and it's fantastic. I'll have to bookmark this one to use up some of the leftover pumpkin in my freezer.

Posted by: Di at January 6, 2009 10:47 PM

Oh pecan cream cheese sounds fabulous!

I had never had walnut oil until a couple of years ago and I love it!

Posted by: Dianne at January 9, 2009 8:07 PM

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