October is almost over, and I’m pretty sad about it. What better way to send off this glorious month than with one last pumpkin inspired post.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe
1 cup of pumpkin puree
½ cup of applesauce (I used this instead of oil) **
Heaping ½ tsp. of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice- a ½ tsp. just wasn’t enough for me ;)
Mix these ingredients together in a bowl. Then add in:
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar (I used a little less than a cup, the applesauce added some sweetness)
½ cup chopped pecans
Once all the ingredients are mixed, bake the bread at 350°F for 45-60 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack (in loaf pan) for 10-15 minutes. Then invert the loaf pan, carefully take out the bread, and let it sit on the wire rack until cool. Of course, you have to enjoy a warm slice out of the oven with butter; it’s only right.
** Applesauce– It’s super easy to make. Peel, core and chop apples (about 9 small/medium sized). Cook apples in a deep sauce pan with a ¼ cup of water and the juice from one lemon quarter. Let simmer on medium-low heat until the apples are soft. Once softened, mash the apples twice over with a potato masher (a fork will work as well). Add cinnamon and sugar to taste. Applesauce is a fabulous side dish, a great oil substitute for pumpkin bread and other baked goods, annnnnd you don’t have to throw out apples that start going bad.