Monday, October 8, 2012

Great Pumpkin Bread



Last week I made a raised pumpkin bread, it was delicious but when I think of pumpkin bread I think of quick pumpkin bread. Made with lots of sugar, oil, spices and chocolate of course. So I did some research and found a recipe on the King Arthur Flour blog. It was just what I wanted and had many great reviews. I read thru the recipe, made a few changes to suit my tastes and came up with one Great Pumpkin Bread. It is moist, delicious and is dotted with chocolate and nuts. It's delicious. I found myself wanting to spread a layer of butter on it but it really doesn't need it. This bread stands on it's own. It's better the second day--so hide it!



Great Pumpkin Bread
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 2/3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups pumpkin
2/3 cup water
2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup mini chocolate chips
In the bowl of your mixer beat together oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and water. Mix well. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
This recipe made two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 pans and one mini loaf. Bake in pans that have been sprayed with Pam for Baking. Bake at 350 degrees. Check the small pan at about 30 minutes the large pans will take at least 60 minutes. Bread is done when a tooth pick comes out clean. Let rest in pans for 10 minutes and remove bread to cool on cooling rack. I had no trouble removing my bread from the pans. I had just purchased new pans from KAF--they are wonderful. If you are worried about bread sticking grease and flour pans or line pan with parchment paper and grease. I also think using mini chocolate chips prevents sticking. Sometimes regular chocolate chips sink and cause problems when removing bread, experience is a great teacher. I only use mini chips in quick breads.


 One year ago--Basic Biscuits
Two years ago--Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Three years ago--Basil Pesto

8 comments:

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Cindy, your Great Pumpkin Bread looks delicious and it has a lot of wonderful ingredients. I have never added applesauce to a pumpkin bread but I am sure that the addition of homemade applesauce adds a nice layer of flavor while keeping the bread nice and moist. Great recipe!

Lizzy Do said...

Yeah, this is the kind of pumpkin bread my kids love! Beautiful loaf, Cindy...and I love that you added whole wheat flour and applesauce :)

Paul & Kaytie said...

I love this time of year with all the yummy pumpkin recipes. I can't wait to try this.

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, yes, that looks wonderful! Thanks for your recipe.

Cathleen said...

Now this looks tasty! So much better than the TWD recipe we made.

Danelle said...

I love pumpkin bread! And King Arthur Flour recipes are always good, so I'm sure this one is delicious!

Barbara Bakes said...

Pumpkin bread is one of our favorites. Your beautiful loaves have me craving it.

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

Chocolate chips pretty much make pumpkin bread. Sooo delicious. I've made one batch of pumpkin bread this season...sans chocolate chips. But I think I need to do another batch with chocolate chips. So good!