Celebrate the pumpkin season with a fresh home made pumpkin bread. Pumpkin bread makes a good breakfast, desert, or just a snack. This particular pumpkin bread loaf went to AMC with us to help us enjoy Avatar.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
I like to double the recipe to make two loaves. It just seems more efficient that way- same amount of time, one mess, but two loaves.
Start with baking a pumpkin. A small pumpkin is enough to make 2 loaves. Cut it in half and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for one hour. Peel the skin off and puree the rest. It would be falling apart after baking anyways, so not so much pureeing is necessary.
Mix all the ingredients together with a mixer. If you have a fancy mixer like mine, this should take just a few minutes. I love my new mixer! This was my Christmas present to myself.
Pour the mix into the bread loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3) previously greased with butter. Bake at 350F for one hour. Do the toothpick test to see if your pumpkin bread is ready. Cool on a rack before serving.
Kitchen aid mixers are especially useful in baking because you can add the ingredients while they mix. No mess, no splashes and you still have both of your hands to do other stuff. This mixer makes baking easy and quick.