Yes, it is that time of year when pumpkin is “the thing” again. From lattes to pies, from breakfast to dinner, Americans love their pumpkin and pumpkin flavor in anything. It is the symbol of Fall and the beginning of the holiday season.
I have had this easy Pumpkin Bread recipe in my collection for a while now, but I never made it before. You see, I have this love-hate relationship with pumpkin. I grew up with pumpkin pie, but besides that, Romanians don’t do much with it. Last night though, I went through my pile of recipes looking for new ideas and found this one. I decided to make it. Oh my, how many other treasures I have in this pile of recipes that I never made before? This recipe is a jewel hiding for such a long time from me. We loved the bread so much that we had some last night, then again for breakfast with coffee and one later in the afternoon. Between me and my husband, we almost finished the whole loaf…
You will need a can of pumpkin puree , which I chose to be organic. The taste is divine and there are so many flavors and textures in this bread. Cinnamon, cardamom, walnuts, raisins, vanilla…So easy to make and so delicious!
Hope you will enjoy it!
- 1¾ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon of cardamom
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup soft unsalted butter(or 5½ tbsp)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs slightly beaten
- ⅓ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- ⅓ cup raisins optional
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cardamom together in a medium bowl, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Beat in the pumpkin, and add the eggs.
- In a small bowl, mix together the milk and vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternatively with the milk mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
- Fold in the nuts and raisins (if using). Pour into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry.
- Remove from pan and place it on a rack to cool down.