Pumpkin is a totally underrated flavor. For me, it defines comfort. But, um, hello?! Who decided you’re only allowed to have this perfectly delicious flavor in October and November?! It’s taboo to see pumpkin this early in the year. But you know what? I’m breaking the rules. Why? I wanted pumpkin bread. It’s cold and rainy outside and I said you know what food rules? Go away, because I’m making pumpkin bread even if it is February.
Gosh, I’m so glad I did. Usually I add nuts or chocolate chips to my pumpkin bread, but this time I left it plain and simple, the only adornment a sprinkle of turbinado sugar. The spices in the bread were the perfect amount, just enough to highlight the pumpkin flavor without overpowering it. The crumb was perfectly moist and delicious. When I pulled the muffins out of the oven (I made one loaf and 12 muffins) I couldn’t help but taste one. Let’s just say it was gone within seconds and it took every ounce of my self control not to grab another one. This recipe is super easy, defies the rules, and is terribly delicious. Try it! If you’re not a rebel like me, you can make it in October or November, but if you make it now you’ll be praising the ground I walk on. Okay maybe not, but you’ll be thanking me for the recipe. Now go ahead, break the rules, you know you want to.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans, one 9×5 loaf pan and 1 (12 cup) muffin pan, or two 8.5×4.5 inch pans.
- In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, applesauce, water and sugars until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans and sprinkle the tops with Turbinado sugar if desired..
- Bake the loaves for 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. More time will be needed for the 9×5 pan. The muffins will need about 30 minutes. Enjoy!