Lil’ Pumpkin and I Make Pumpkin Loaf

It’s Foodie Tuesday!

Image via Not Quite South Surrey

Pumpkins!  Between dreams of pumpkin donuts and pies; of idyllic images of kids frolicking in pumpkin patches; with Halloween around the corner and the decision on what and how to carve the jack-o-lantern weighing heavily, I’ve got pumpkin on the mind.  And if there was an icon for the season, the pumpkin would be it.

From elegant pumpkin displays, via Ciao Newport Beach

to the sexy pumpkin via Better Homes and Gardens that just made me laugh, it's the season of the gourd.

And I do plan on doing as much with pumpkin as I can in the next couple of weeks.  We will be taking the kid to a pumpkin patch – his first farm visit! And it’s Thanksgiving in Canada next Monday so there will be many, many pies.

But this evening, the little guy and I home together just the two of us, the weather outside kinda gross we chose to bake. These pumpkin loaves were our tasty project tonight:

Pumpkin Loaves with Chocolate Chips, recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking via Pittsburgh Needs Eated:

3 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbs cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil + 1/2 cup butter softened
1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree (15oz can)
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup water, room temperature
1 cup (12 oz) chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate

Preheat your oven to 350F and grease two loaf pans (silicone bakeware doesn’t need greasing, FYI).

In a large bowl combine your dry ingredients and give it a quick whisk.

In another large(r) bowl, mix your wet ingredients including pumpkin, oil, butter, sugar, and eggs (one at a time).  Add vanilla, water, and chocolate chips.

Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture until just combined, careful not to overmix.  And pour into prepared loaf pans.

The pumpkin loaves bake for about 1 hour -1 hour 15 minutes. I used one silicone and one metal pan and you should note that the silicone pan loaf will cook faster.  Check after an hour with a toothpick in the centre – it’s done when it comes out clean!

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3 Responses to Lil’ Pumpkin and I Make Pumpkin Loaf

  1. Margaret Imecs says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I will make it for Thanksgiving! :)

  2. Tracey says:

    I am so glad that I have a can of pumpkin in the cupboard- can’t wait to try this!

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