Recipe by HeatherFeather
This is my favorite pumpkin bread recipe. It is very different from other pumpkin breads because it calls for some unusual ingredients that make it special. I almost always use freshly cooked and mashed pumpkin in this - I like to use a small pie pumpkin, which I cut into quarters, seed, and steam until tender, then remove the peel and mash. But I have used plain canned pumpkin as well - just don't accidentally use pumpkin pie filling - you need the plain puree. Prep time assumes you already have some pumpkin puree handy. The extra loaf freezes well. I have been making this for years, but originally found this in one of the "Best of the Best" series of US regional cookbooks.
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 package instant butterscotch pudding mix (4 serving size)
- 1 package instant lemon pudding mix (4 serving size)
- 5 large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups canola oil
- 2 cups fresh cooked pumpkin, mashed without any seasonings (or use canned puree)
- 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract (really that much)
Directions See How It's Made
- Sift together first 8 ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, dry pudding mixes).
- Beat eggs well in another bowl.
- Add oil, sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla to the eggs and mix well.
- Combine wet mixture with flour mixture gently by hand,pressing out any large lumps with your spoon, just until ingredients are moistened- do not overmix.
- Pour into 2 loaf pans (greased& floured) and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 1 hour to 1 hr 15 minutes (or when tests done with a toothpick).
- Cool in pan 10 minutes then let cool completely on wire racks- don't skip of your loaves will fall apart.