Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Bread!

I've posted my favorite banana bread recipe here before, but I can now also attest that with a little tweaking, it makes for a great pumpkin bread as well!  Pumpkin bread recipes are all over the place, but I knew the McCalls recipe I had to be tried and true, so I just changed it up a bit - I used a half can of pumpkin instead of the bananas here.  I also added in a tablespoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to make it more suitable for the pumpkin flavor.  It turned out wonderfully (which, I was aftraid it wouldn't!).  

I'm becoming quite the baker :)  Now, if only I could learn to enjoy baking chicken or steaming veggies, then I'd be in better shape....

Banana Nut (or Chocolate!)  Pumpkin Bread·      

·         2 ½ cups sifted all purpose flour
·         3 teaspoons baking powder
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         1 cup sugar
·         ¼ cup soft butter
·         1 egg beaten
·         1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 small bananas) 1/2 can of pumpkin puree
·         2 tablespoons grated orange peel  1 tablespoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract
·         ½ cup milk
·         1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (or chocolate chips!) - if you want

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
2.       Sift flour with baking powder and salt; set aside
3.       In a medium bowl, with electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, and egg until smooth
4.       Add pumpkin, spices, and milk, mixing well.  Add flour mixture, beating just until smooth.  Stir in nuts or chocolate chips if using.
5.       Pour batter into prepared pan; bake about 1 hour, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
6.       Let cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.  To serve, cut into thin slices

[[adapted from an old McCall's recipe]


  1. I love pumpkin bread. Now that I am back up and moving around, I think I need to get baking again!


  2. The pumpkin bread looks delicious and is making me hungry!

  3. Hi there! Found you on NewlyWoodwards and now I'm your newest follower. So glad I came across this post...been looking for a good pumpkin bread recipe and yours looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!


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