Nutty Pumpkin Bread

Here’s the pumpkin  bread recipe I promised in my October 7 column.  Morgan made it last week, and it’s wonderful.  A great complement to a fall soup.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 12 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup wheat germ

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon EACH ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves

2 cups cooked pumpkin (1 14- to 16-oz. can)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 cup golden raisins


1.  Soak the raisins 1/2 hour in warm water.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Combine the first nine ingredients (AP flour thru spices) in a large bowl, mix well, then form a well in the center of the mixture.

3.  Add the remaining ingredients into the well of the dry mixture and combine gently until the dry ingredients are moist.  Do not overmix.

4.  Pour the batter into two 9x5x4 loaf pans that have been sprayed with baking spray or canola oil.

5.  Bake until the tops are browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 – 50 minutes.  Cool the loafs on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto the rack to cool completely before serving.

Possible substitutions:  Brown raisins or dried cranberries can be used instead of golden raisins; walnuts can be used in place of pecans, and cooked butternut squash can replace the pumpkin.
Serve with a nice thick, hot soup or toasted with butter or cream cheese, or just plain plain.


About Cheff

Lancaster Eats highlights the best resources our community has to offer. From farmers to markets to vendors to retailers, we highlight those members of our wonderful food community who are striving to improve the presence of the commercial and retail food industry for all the citizens of Lancaster. The food we eat and drink is important to every single one of us, and we believe that everyone is entitled to safe and healthy food and drink. We hope to engage the citizens of our city and county who care about the food we eat and the environment in which we live. We know there are many people in the community who are doing wonderful things that benefit the people of Lancaster, as customers and consumers. We hope you will let us know who they are so that we can learn and inform those who eat and drink. That, as we know, is all of us. We are all in this together. Let's build a community.

Posted on October 7, 2012, in Desserts, Recommendations. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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