Today, is the official FIRST day of Autumn. Although I am not a fan of the cooler weather, I do love my hoodies and the change of seasons. When I think of autumn, the first thing I think of is pumpkins – Halloween jack o lanterns, pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving dinner and lots of family time.
I always wanted to be one of those woman who loved to bake and was good at it. Baking was never one of my strong points and I used to think it was cooking, till my daughter politely told me only some things were okay.
I wanted to have YUMMY smells floating through the house. This time of year, it would be pumpkin ANYTHING and then right around the corner are those awesome holiday cookies. The bakers in the family were my aunts and my grandmother. My mom was the cook – she could whip up great meals in no time.
So here is a recipe courtesy of Club 31 Women, I am going to make this year… Moist, sweet, and full of all those autumn spices you love. Serve your friends and family by sharing one of the extra loaves of homemade pumpkin bread.
Serves: 3 loaves
3 cups pumpkin puree
1½ cups vegetable oil/applesauce
4 cups white sugar
4¾ cup all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1½ tsp salt
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
1½ tsp ground nutmeg
1½ tsp ground cloves
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour 3-9×5 loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs until well-incorporated.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Gradually pour into the pumpkin batter a little bit at a time, stirring after each addition until the mixture is well-blended.
- Divide batter evenly between the loaf pans and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
- Allow to cool completely in pans before removing the bread. Run a knife around the edges of the bread in the pan to loosen.
- Store any remaining bread in plastic wrap.
Wouldn’t these make a great gift? I mean who doesn’t love food for a gift, right? What is the best way to make this look even more special, put it in a Thirty One Thermal Tote. You could deliver it warm from the oven or all cooled off. The thermal tote has a front pocket perfect for slipping a little note to let the recipient know just how special they are to you.
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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!