Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A little jack-o-lantern lobotomy fun

 I have this silly tradition of each year using up the pumpkin from the jack-o-lanterns in the kitchen.  Some I'll steam and puree up for soup, pies and such later on.  Others get used fresh grated in Pumpkin Bread.  This version is from an old stand by for zucchini bread adapted to fit the needs of pumpkin.  Not much adaptation was needed as both are similar in texture and water content that its a pretty easy swap out.

Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 c oil
  • 2 1/2 c grated pumpkin
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 3 C all purpose flower
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 c chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 c dried cranberry (I use craisin brand)

Heat oven to 350F.  Grease 2 loaf pans.

Beat eggs 3-4 minutes until light.  Add sugar and cream well.  Beat in oil.  Reduce speed and fold in grated pumpkin.  Sift together flower, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.  Fold into egg mixture until well blended.  Fold in nuts and cranberry.  Divide batter between the two loaf pans and bake 1 hour until tester comes out clean.  

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