Who hasn’t eaten bread? It’s been around for thousands of years, with a variety of tastes, all over the world. 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 that incorporates the unique taste of pumpkin into a soft and tasty dough. This bread is typically enjoyed during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. It tastes great all year around, but fresh pumpkins are generally only available in grocery stores during the autumn 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). This bread can be prepared different ways. One method is cooking the pumpkin separately before baking it with the dough, while another involves cooking everything together at the same time. With added ingredients such as candied ginger or brandy, pumpkin bread can be served as a sweet desert.
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.
Pumpkin is also:
- High in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E.
- A storehouse of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
- An excellent source of natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as cryptoxanthin, α and ß carotenes, lutein and zeaxanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.
- A good source of zea-xanthin, a natural anti-oxidant which helps the macula lutea in retina of the eyes.
Anyone can eat pumpkin bread. If you are allergic to one of the ingredients or simply want to change the taste, just alter the recipe according to your preferences.
However, pumpkin bread is often made with granulated white sugar to provide its characteristic sweetness. Thus, persons on low sugar, gluten-free or low carbohydrate diets should avoid pumpkin bread or use the variation below.
Though it’s not “health food”, pumpkin bread is much healthier than many other breads or cakes. It can be enjoyed during or after a meal, or as a snack on its own.
For a low sugar version, reduce the amount of granulated sugar in your pumpkin bread recipe. It won’t be as sweet, but for extra flavor. You can also replace butter with vegetable oil. Spiced pumpkin bread is another variation that brings out more of pumpkin bread’s distinctive flavor.
Pumpkin bread can be a unique addition to any meal and it can be prepared many ways. Though typically enjoyed during the holidays, it tastes great year round. Pumpkins add a warm, fragrant flavor to a bread, with an understated taste that compliments salty or sweet food. They are very healthy, and have been linked to high levels of the antioxidant vitamins, A, C and E.