Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

I get so excited for fall flavors every year!  Apples, pears, cranberries, cinnamon, squash, pumpkin...I love them all.  Really, I can't get enough!  This pumpkin bread is a great way to get your pumpkin in.  It is very light, but you wouldn't know that from tasting it!  It has a great moist texture, and the pumpkin and spices blend perfectly.  This is perfect with a nice cup of Rooibos tea -- my favorite. 
(Look carefully at the background there, and you can see how cookbook and magazine crazy I am!  And that's not even half of it!)

Spiced Pumpkin Bread
(yields 1 9X5 loaf, 12-18 slices)
source: Cook Healthy Cook Quick


2 cups sifted cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Coat a 9x5 baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine the first 8 ingredients (flour through cloves) in a medium bowl.
3. Combine pumpkin and next 4 ingredients (through eggs).  Add to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
4. Spoon batter into the prepared baking pan.  Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, than turn out to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. 


  1. Looks fantastic, I can smell it!

  2. Yum! I love all these wonderful pumpkin recipes at this time of year. Pumpkin bread is one of my very favourite quick breads. Yours looks and sounds delicious! And there's nothing wrong with being cookbook and magazine crazy (speaking from experience....). :o)

  3. Pumpkin bread is by far one of my favorite parts of fall! Seeing this makes me SO happy!

  4. I definitely look forward to pumpkin bread every fall. This sounds like a great recipe!

  5. I LOVE pumpkin bread and yours looks great!

  6. Oh yum! Love pumpkin bread and this one sounds great!

  7. I found pumpkin on sale for 90 cents today...I walked out of the grocery store with ten cans...yes, I'm an official pumpkin hoarder. I keep so many cans so I can make recipes like this! Just perfect!

  8. We're with you...we get SO excited for fall baking...especially fall PUMPKIN baking! And all those spices!? This looks just delicious and perfect and SO fall!

  9. There really is nothing like the smell of quickbreads cooking when they have banana or pumpkin and spices. Pure comfort food!

  10. I love that you used apple sauce as a healthy adjustment! i recently made pumpkin bread with agave nectar and was really happy with it!

  11. This bread looks wonderful! I haven't had a chance to do some serious fall baking yet, but this will be at the top of my list once I start. Thanks for sharing!

  12. It's great that some of the unhealthy fat was substituted with apple sauce. It looks like it turned out great! YUM!

  13. Love your display. Ahem, the plate looks vaguely familiar, perhaps a family heirloom. Remember me?
    Lumberjill from Blueberry Hill