Spiced pumpkin bread

The snow has finally fallen and the daylight is short. For many, the winter can hit hard, but with the snow and chilly weather also comes the holidays. Holiday cooking fills the air with sweet familiar spices and bold seasonal flavors. It can be a pretty big event, so for those who are looking to make something sweet and simple, this may be just the treat.

Dessert breads are great. One can add a huge variety of flavors to make a completely different experience. This recipe will make bread that is rich with pumpkin and spice. Spices can be a little on the expensive side, but on the other hand they can last a while. Once you buy all of the dry ingredients you will be able to use them to bake many times over.

Simply start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Take out two 9×5-inch loaf pans, butter them and set aside. Take out one deep mixing bowl and another bowl to put the dry ingredients in. Mix the sugar and oil together in the deep mixing bowl. In the same bowl, stir in the eggs and pumpkin. Combine all dry ingredients in the other bowl then blend them together in your wet mixture. Finally mix in the water until the mixture is creamy. If desired, fold in a cup of chocolate chips to make it sweeter.

Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for 40 minutes. Check with a butter knife or cake tester to determine if it has been cooked thoroughly.

Once baked, take the pans out and let them stand for about 10 minutes. Then remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool.

Photo by Rebecca Siegel.
Photo by Rebecca Siegel.


2 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
15 ounces canned unsweetened pumpkin
3.5 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
2/3 cup water