It’s the season of pumpkins, and what better way to use the amber veggie than baking your own pastry and pies with it? But this Halloween, try your hand at pumpkin bread.
Who hasn’t eaten bread? It’s been around for thousands of years, with a variety of tastes and recipes. It’s highly versatile and can be combined with other dishes or eaten alone. Pumpkin bread takes the delicious taste of pumpkin to create a bread that is wonderfully unique and sweet. And the recipe is fairly easy to make.
A sweet treat all year round
Pumpkin bread is a sweet treat—almost like a tea cake—that incorporates the unique taste of pumpkin into a soft and tasty batter. This bread is typically enjoyed during the holidays, especially Halloween and Thanksgiving. It tastes great all year around, but fresh pumpkins are generally only available in grocery stores during the fall season. Starting with pumpkin, there are many different ingredients and variations that one can try to create their perfect recipe. Ingredients that typically make up a pumpkin bread recipe include cashews (among other nuts) and spices (which bring out the flavor). With added ingredients such as candied ginger or brandy, pumpkin bread can be served as a sweet dessert too!
Beta-carotene, and so many vitamins
Pumpkin bread is a surprisingly healthy snack because pumpkin, part of the squash family, has many health benefits. It is high in beta-carotene, the compound that creates its orange color. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain cancers than those who do not.
- Arrange the dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside (flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder).
- Whisk eggs, sugar and oil in a bowl.
- Add the pumpkin puree, and mix well.
- Divide the batter into 2 greased loaf pans.
- You may sprinkle some raisins/ almond shavings on top.
- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
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