My CSA is over, but I still have a coffee table piled high with squash and root vegetables in my fridge. Fall in Boston settled in while I was vacationing the past week in Peru. Inspired by the sudden crisp air and mounds of dried leaves that signal a New England fall, the first curcubita to fall under my knife was my cute little sugar pumpkin. I turned him into two loaves of bread and am roasting his seeds as I type.
Pumpkin bread is in the same bread family as banana bread and zucchini bread. The pumpkin adds moisture and a little bit of flavor to a loaf that is endlessly customizable. I wanted an intensely spiced bread, easy on the sugar, with no nuts this time. My results were not as spicy as I would have liked, so I upped the amount of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger listed in the recipe (I used tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, and 1/2 tsp cloves). D thought the bread needed to be sweeter, and one of the recipes I based this upon did use 3 cups for two loaves, but I think it was sweet enough. Slather it in butter or devour it plain, this bread is always a good snack.
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 3 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cloves
- 3 tsp ginger
- 1 cup nuts (optional)
One sugar pumpkin will yield 2-3 cups of puree. Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp (set aside if saving the seeds). Place cut side down on a baking sheet and cook for 30-50 minutes at 350 degrees until tender. Scoop out the cooked flesh and puree in a blender or food processor.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and all the spices.
- Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. Add the oil, water, and pumpkin. Stir to combine.
- Pour the bowl of dry ingredients into the wet and stir to combine.
- Pour the batter equally into two lightly greased bread pans.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Enjoy warm or cold!