ok, due to popular request from workplace colleagues to hurry up and post my pumpkin bread recipe, here it is, sorry for the procrastination, but you still have between now and Christmas to slide in this recipe ! This is sooooo good even big Al, who only eats chocolate chip cookies, took a bite of it and could not put it down! Now that, is AMAZING!
Not your Average Pumpkin Bread (recipe makes 2 loaves)
3/4 C mashed pumpkin or pureed (either from fresh pumpkin or Libby's canned pumpkin)
3/4 C mashed sweet potato or pureed
3 C sugar (can be reduced down to 2 1/3 C)
2/3 C vegetable oil
2/3 C milk (or water)
3 1/2 C flour
2 Tbsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger powder (optional)
1 or 2 diced apples (depending on the size of the apples, either granny smith or any apples in your pantry would do)
Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients except apples and mix well with a mixer. I typically add the eggs one at a time and continue baking, not sure if it would make a difference if you dump all 4 eggs in the mixing bowl? When all ingredients are evenly mixed and blended, gently fold in the diced apples in your doughy mixture. Divide into 2 loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 hour. Make sure you check the middle of the bread with a knife to make sure that it comes out clean before you turn off the oven. Alternatively, you can cut all the ingredients in half and make 1 loaf. Do not overload your loaf pan as the baking would take longer than 1 hour, and be on the soggy side. The lovely baked apples in the bread gives it a surprise to everybite you take. Enjoy!