Sunday, December 11, 2011

Baking Bread

Christmas in our home means baking batches of pumpkin bread.  It's a family favorite.  As a tradition and a yummy treat.  And it makes a great gift for friends and family...I even give some to our mail carrier!
In keeping with the season of giving, I wanted to share the recipe with you:
Pumpkin Bread
 3 cups sugar                                                    1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup oil                                                           3 1/3 cups flour
4 eggs                                                               1/2 tsp baking powder
1 (15oz) can of pumpkin                             2 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup water                                                 2/3 cup raisins  
1 tsp nutmeg                                                   2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients (stir by hand) in a large bowl.  Its best if you add the baking powder and soda to the flour first, otherwise they may clump in the mix.  Pour batter into greased loaf pans (makes approx 3 large pans or 5 mini loaf pans); fill the pans 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes.(Check bread by inserting knife...if it comes out clean the bread is done)
Remove from oven and let cool.  Store pumpkin bread(covered) in the refrigerator; this bread also freezes well.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!


  1. Leah,

    Yours is my favorite pumpkin bread! I just finished a piece this morning for breakfast... yummy!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love pumpkin bread! A longtime friend of the family always made this for us for as long as I can remember. She makes them in soup cans. For years I've been begging for the recipe, but she would never share it because she wanted her gift to be special each year. After my mom passed away this summer I received the recipe in the mail. I will treasure this always.

  3. Mmmmmmmm sounds yummy!! For the lazy baker like me, can I just used the already spiced pumpkin mix instead of all the spices?

  4. yum, yum, yum i love pumpkin bread. thanks for a new recipe. i will give it a try.

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