Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin Spice Bread

I love cold and crisp fall days. (Who doesn’t?) And I love this pumpkin bread, thanks to Brooklyn Supper, one of my favorite food blogs. It’s haunted me since I first made it. You may think that you’ve had your fill of pumpkin, but this bread will change your mind about that. It strikes all the right notes – it’s lighter and less sweet than most pumpkin breads, a welcome respite from the heavy treats that we’ll no doubt gorge on over the next six weeks (read: healthier without being boringly so). And it’s cozy and warming and makes your home smell wonderful. And then, there’s this little surprise: a touch of ground black pepper that provides a tiny sharpness but is subtle enough so as to be hard to pin down.

adapted from Brooklyn Supper via Babble
makes one loaf

1 cup unbleached flour
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 eggs
1/6 cup yogurt (or milk) + 1/6 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9×5 inch baking pan.

Combine all the dry ingredients – the flours, sugar, spices and baking soda – in one bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin, eggs, oil, yogurt, water and vanilla extract until fully blended. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and mix with a large spoon to combine. Mix in the walnuts.

Using a spatula or large spoon, pour batter in loaf pan.

Bake for 60-70 minutes. Use the toothpick test: insert into the middle of the loaf, and if it comes out clean, it’s ready!

Best served warm with some creamy, salty butter! (There goes the healthy element.)

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by Kimberley

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Kristie - November 18, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Sounds lovely! I can’t wait to give it a try. And BTW, I like your blog!

Nicole Franzen - November 19, 2010 - 6:02 am

yummm looks great. I have a pumpkin I need to use and this is perfect. It’s just such a lengthy process of roasting the pumpkin and then getting the puree. Making the bread :) It will be delicious when I finally have the time to do it! Love your blog lady.

Anon - November 19, 2010 - 7:36 am

Love your pumpkin spice bread recipe, thanks so much, going to give it a go this weekend during my baking day.

The Leftoverist - November 19, 2010 - 5:11 pm

Yum! One can never have too many pumpkin bread recipes.

Imwaytoobusy - November 19, 2010 - 9:59 pm

I can’t believe I haven’t stumbled upon your blog sooner! This bread sounds delicious.

kimberley - November 28, 2010 - 11:45 pm

Thanks all! Hope you enjoy. This bread is just ridiculous.

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