Pumpkins, Flannel and Leaves: Oh My!

Yippee!  It’s here!  Autumn, my favourite time of year.  Crisp air, blue skies, the crunch of fallen leaves under our feet, cozy flannel sheets and… the ritual stuffing-of-faces with delicious treats at Thanksgiving.  Like pumpkin bread.

Oh, how I love the pumpkins.  In décor, in food, at the pumpkin patch.  They’re colourful, fun and delicious.  What more could you ask of a vegetable?  (okay, okay – technically it’s a fruit).

 

 

 

 

Every fall since I got married 19 years ago (I must have been 11 at the time *cough*), I’ve been making pumpkin bread.  It’s so good.  My kids look forward to it, my husband devours it, and a loaf lasts maybe a day and a half.  That’s why I always make two.

J, my six-year-old son, now helps me make it when he’s not busy with Lego.  It’s so easy.  I’ve decided to share the recipe, which I’ve closely guarded over the years.  You’ll thank me later.

Oh-So-Yummy Pumpkin Bread
(makes 1 loaf)

1 ½ cups all-purpose OR whole wheat flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree (I prefer 100% pumpkin rather than a mix of pumpkin/squash)
½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
Optional: ½ cup chopped walnuts (yum!)

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Beat until well mixed.  Pour into greased loaf pan (e.g. 9 x 5 x 3).  Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 mins, or until wooden pick inserted into centre comes out clean.  Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.  Loosen edges, remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.  Enjoy!

By the way, I’ve tried it with chocolate chips, and though I’m a big chocolate fan, I find it overpowers the taste of the pumpkin.  But it’s your call!

And, because you’re so awesome, I’m sharing two more amazing fall recipes.  These ones are from Oh She Glows, a vegan website.  I’m not vegan, but these recipes are phenomenal.

A word of caution: if you bring these dishes to family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll have people begging for the recipes:

Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream Icing
This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Now that I’m drooling, I’d better fire up the oven!

What are YOUR favourite Thanksgiving foods?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris September 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Fall is the best time of the year! Great post and I can vouch that the pumpkin bread is awesome.
Chris

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christineonthebrighterside September 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thank you Chris! Maybe if you didn’t consume such large quantities, I wouldn’t have to make so much of it. 😉

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Kelly September 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

Mmmm, that sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Looking forward to this site!

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Kelly September 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

And my favourite Thanksgiving food is turkey and homemade cranberry sauce. 🙂

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christineonthebrighterside October 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

Mmmmm… you’re making me hungry! My mother-in-law makes a mean cranberry sauce. I can almost taste it…

Thanks so much for commenting!

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Louise October 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I agree, nothing like mom’s cranberry sauce! 🙂

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christineonthebrighterside November 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Yep!!

Louise October 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Yep, love the pumpkin bread/loaf and have been making it every fall ever since you shared the recipe (and also other seasons sometimes but I find it tastes best in the fall when pumpkins are in season!). I haven’t tried it with walnuts but I love nuts so I’ll give this a try! And, yes I took it to work for a meeting recently (we love food there) and everyone loved it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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Louise October 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

P.S. I now regularly make 3 large loafs with a large can of pumpkin, eat one and freeze 2 for later 🙂

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christineonthebrighterside November 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

You smart cookie! It always pays to make extra 🙂 And even though the pumpkin puree is available year-round, I agree it feels (and tastes) “right” to make it in the fall.

Hmmm… I have some pumpkin puree in the cupboard…

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