Pumpkin BreadFirst Published in the Amherst Citizen - Oonagh's Kitchen (Nov 9, 1999)
So it's that time of the year again when women everywhere are frantically planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas amongst everything else they have to do. The funny thing is that certain dishes have to be included since many family members, especially the children, insist on having them each year as it's 'tradition'. But don't we women just get so bored recreating the same thing all the time, even though there is a level of comfort and reassurance for us as we cook the meal our mothers used to make and so help to perpetuate good family times.
Slightly sweet quick breads are a tradition but instead of reaching for the handy box, try this pumpkin bread. You should have all the ingredients in the cupboard by now for Thanksgiving. Instead of cooking the bread in the normal, but boring loaf pan, try making mini Bundts. The six-hole mini Bundt tins are available locally for about $15 in nonstick cast iron. They make a very attractive addition to the dinner table. Children especially like having their own mini bread. Even better, this bread freezes well so you can start now, knowing that one job is out of the way. The recipe can easily be halved.
Ingredients1 can solid pack pumpkin, not pie filling
3 c sugar
1 c vegetable oil
2/3 c water
1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin or apple pie spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
Grated fresh nutmeg
3-1/2 c all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
Method1. Put all ingredients together in large mixing bowl and beat well for 2 minutes until air bubbles are visible.
2. Apple sauce makes a reasonable substitution for oil in the recipe.
3. Pour into 2 well greased loaf pan or muffin tins, or twelve mini Bundt tins (Bundt tins will be well filled) and bake at 350° for 1 hour 15 minutes for loaf and 20-30 minutes for muffins/Bundts.
Pumpkin pie or apple pie spice can be used in total instead of mix of spices for a slightly different but still good flavor.
Oonagh Williams, proprietor of Royal Temptations, has a Culinary Arts degree, offers a Personal Chef service, teaches a variety of classes in International Cooking, and makes regular appearances on WMUR ABC Channel 9's Cooks' Corner. You can contact Oonagh at 603-424-6412.