Pumpkin Bread

I’m not a huge “sweets for breakfast” kind of person (my all-time weakness is actually a toasted everything bagel with lox and schmear). But I have some friends coming to visit, and they definitely have some sweet teeth. Pumpkin bread is a perfect compromise; it’s not too sweet, but it’s still kinda like coffee-cake. You can eat it hot or cold, plain or with cream cheese. It can be a good breakfast, brunch, or dessert. And it’s stupid-simple (despite all the ingredients involved).

N.B. This recipe probably worked well for me because I didn’t exactly follow strict measurements. Apologies to those who are annoyed. Cooking involves improvisation–play all recipes by ear. =)

PUMPKIN BREAD (makes one loaf)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One can pumpkin
  • 1/3-1/2 cup canola oil
  • 0-1/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.25-1.5 cup sugar
  • 1.5-1.75 cup flour
  • Baking powder (less than a teaspoon)
  • Baking soda (less than a teaspoon)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground ginger

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F, and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Mix the eggs, pumpkin, olive oil, and 1.25 cups of sugar in a bowl.
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  3. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ginger.

    It may look like I'm going overboard, but this is all the spice I have in my life. =P
    It may look like I’m going overboard, but this is all the spice I have in my life. =P
  4. Add the flour in batches until fully incorporated. If it ever gets too thick, add a splash of water.
  5. “Season” once more with your spices and sugar (if you don’t think it’s sweet enough).
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  6. Place in the loaf pan, and bake for about 75 minutes, or until fully cooked and golden.
    Pre-oven
    Pre-oven

    Post-oven
    Post-oven
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