Friday, October 4, 2013

pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips via design. bake. run.

happy october! so, does this mean we can really kick off the holiday baking now? okay, maybe not entirely, but enough. and what better way to kick off this fabulous time of year other than the october staple, pumpkin! yup, nothing says fall or october like some pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin latte, pumpkin anything.

i've never made pumpkin bread before until last week. like, never ever. and that's because i don't even care for pumpkin puree or pumpkin baked goods. but i will confess that i have soften up around this particular flavor. just a couple of weeks ago m and i decided we would give starbucks' pumpkin spiced latte a try and turns out we love it. i still won't eat a piece of pumpkin pie, but i'll eat half a slice of pumpkin bread and a few pumpkin spice macarons. or drink a few mouthfuls of m's pumpkin spice latte whenever he gets it. but other than that, that's it. you can say i only take my pumpkin flavor goodies in small dosages.

now, that's not to say that this pumpkin bread here isn't incredible because it totally is. m himself isn't a fan of pumpkin bread either, but he's come to love this particular one. i finally made it after asking for the recipe 3 years ago from a coworker. you can say i thought it was about time we try out this recipe. the recipe makes two so i brought one into work and left one for home. the work one disappeared quickly, of course. the home one, we're still trying to finish up. but that's just because there's so few of us who would eat anything baked around the house these days considering we're so watchful of our figure. hahahaha, yeah, whatever. i'm eating all sorts of sweets like crazy here.

alright, the recipe is below. it's super simple to make. so if you're looking for the perfect pumpkin bread, why not try this. it may just be the one for you. it makes 2 loaves and tastes great on its own or with nuts and chocolate chips added. i'm sure if you only want one loaf, you can half the recipe. i made the recipe as is and got the 2 loaves. i also added nuts to one and chocolate chips to the other and both were delicious. enjoy and happy baking! :)

Pumpkin Bread via design. bake. run.
i love how you can add just about anything to this pumpkin bread. of course, the added pecan is just perfect, especially for this time of year.

Pumpkin Breads via design. bake. run.
this recipe makes enough for 2 loaves. perfect for giving one away as a gift or freezing one in the freezer for later. just make sure you thaw it until it gets to room temperature and enjoy as you'd normally would. yum!

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips via design. bake. run.
this pumpkin bread is perfect as a morning treat with coffee or snack anytime of day.

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips via design. bake. run.
you can't go wrong with pumpkin bread this time of year. add some chocolate chips to the batter to mix things up. :)

pumpkin bread

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips or nuts of your choice (walnuts, pecans, etc) -- these are optional


preheat oven to 350°f.

in a good size bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, spices). then in a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients (butter, pumpkin, eggs, water). fold in the wet mixture into the dry mix; and fold until a batter is formed. bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when you test it. let it cool slightly before digging in. makes 2 loaves. enjoy! :)

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