Friday, October 9, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

Nothing smells more like Halloween than the scent of warm pumpkin puree (or sweet potatoes for that matter, does anyone taste the difference?!). I made the poll winner in a hurry, and I am pleased to say it is very easily and quickly made. There’s not much to write about this pumpkin bread, besides the fact that it tasted fine. It was very moist and I prefer my breads to be a little bit dryer, but everything else was nice. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Pumpkin Bread recipe: Martha Stewart - Baking Handbook

Ingredients: Makes two 8½-by-4½-inch loaves, or six 6-by-2¾-inch miniloaves. (I halved it, and only made one loaf)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 2/3 cups buttermilk

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat pans with butter.
- In a large bowl, whish together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the pumpkin puree and both sugars; mix on medium speed until well combined, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs and oil; mix until incorporated, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl. With mixer on low, add the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the buttermilk and beginning and ending with the flour mixture, until just combined.
- Divide the batter between the prepared pans; smooth the tops with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until a cake tester comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and cool completely.


I love that deep orange color of pumpkin puree, nothing like it.


Pumpkin batter before the oven.


The smell that went through the kitchen was divine!




The slices are kind of strangely shaped, nevertheless really nice bread.

7 comments:

ABowlOfMush said...

Yeyy you made pumpkin bread!
Looks fab!

Heather said...

Oh hooray! I've been looking for a pumpkin bread recipe! I love to eat it but this year I've decided to make it - can't wait! Thanks!

With you on those smells! A few weeks back I made a squash-bread that was warm and fall-like and oh so harvesty. Yum!

rookie baker said...

urgh i have always wanting to make something with pumpkin ;D

Steph said...

pumpkin bread is one of my favourites!

thereddeer said...

That does look incredibly moist! I love pumpkin :)

Eliana said...

The perfect Fall recipe.

Ingrid said...

I am seriously lovin' all these pumpkin recipes! Pumpkin bread is high on my must try list!
~ingrid