Ever made pumpkin bread from scratch? Totally from scratch? If you haven’t you should try. It’s actually very easy and has a much more authentic pumpkin flavor. I’d take this over Starbucks pumpkin bread any day. This bread is ultra moist and not too sweet. I also took a tip from a friend and used olive oil instead of canola and it turned out incredible. The bread has a slightly earthy aftertaste that is pleasant. If you didn’t tell anyone there was olive oil, they probably would never know. It is a healthy secret!
1 pie pumpkin, about 8″ in diameter
1 cup of white sugar
3/4 cup of organic honey
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (alternately you can omit this and use an egg instead)
1 cup of olive oil
2 cups of pumpkin puree
3 1/2 cups white flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp all spice
1 1/2 tsp salt
Raw sugar (optional)
Directions for Pumpkin:
1. Wash the pumpkin. Cut the stem off. Cut it into eights, then using a paring knife to scrap out the seeds. Reserve the seeds to roast later if desired.
2. Place the pumpkin slices into boiling water for about 10 minutes. The meat will be completely cooked and almost falling off the rind. Place cooked slices in a colander until cool enough to handle. Scrape pumpkin off rind into a bowl.
3. I used my immersion blender to puree the pumpkin until completely smooth. You can also use a blender or a food processor.
Directions for Bread:
1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour your pans. I made 7 mini loafs.
2. Mix flour, spices, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
3. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, honey, pumpkin puree, applesauce, and oil until blended.
4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and fold just until everything is combined. Do not over mix! This will create a gluteny, not very tasty bread.
5. Pour into pans 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops with raw sugar. This creates a sweet, crunchy top. It is optional.
6. Bake for about 35-45 minutes for mini loafs (checking at about 30 minutes and rotating pans to ensure even cooking) or 50-60 minutes for regular loafs.