Written by Toni Shiloh
Edited by Tara Sanders
When autumn blows in there’s a jump to my step and expectation in my heart. Do you feel it too?
Cooler temperatures have rolled in and the trees have blessed us with an array of color.
Pumpkin spice everything also pops up wherever you go.
If you don’t like pumpkin, the sights and smells might assault your delicate sensibilities.
If you don’t like the commercialism of it all, you might scoff at the flavored chips and cookies.
If you’re like me and savor pumpkin, you kick up your feet and enjoy the show while sipping a pumpkin spice beverage and eating a slice of pumpkin bread.
Which brings me to today’s recipe. When the temperatures dip and the leaves dance in the wind, my fingers get the itch to bake. I’d love to share a pumpkin bread recipe with you, complete with pumpkin spice. ;)
You’ll be needing some flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, pumpkin puree, olive oil, eggs, water, ground cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and some nuts if you like that kind of thing (I do! Walnuts for the win!).
Here’s the breakdown:
1 + 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 cup walnuts
First, be sure to preheat your oven to 350˚F. While that’s warming up, you’ll want to sift the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda. Now I’m going to be honest, I don’t own a sifter. I never sift. *Gasp* I know, the horror, right? I instead mix all the wet ingredients first and add in the dry ones…to each his own. ;)
Once they’re all sifted, mix your wet ingredients. You know, that great pumpkin, olive oil, eggs (which should be beaten in one at a time), and the water. Once that’s all good, go ahead and add in your ground cloves, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.
Then comes the nuts. Or chocolate chips, which I’ve heard people do from time to time. Once it’s all mixed go ahead and grab that loaf pan (greased and floured) and pour it in. Be sure to bake it for about 50-60 minutes.
While it’s cooking, dream of pumpkin delight passing your lips and warming your insides. I don’t recommend peeking in the oven because it’ll just prolong the wait. Perhaps you could get some laundry done or do other chores while your house gets perfumed with pumpkin spice.
When it’s ready, let it cool before removing it. I’ve stored my loaf in the fridge so I can just cut off a slice each morning and warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. I hope you enjoy!