Fall is in the air and it’s time to savor pumpkin pie, pumpkin drinks, pumpkin soups, pumpkin pancakes, and most importantly pumpkin bread. Pumkpin bread is like having a slice of pumpkin pie without the guilt. There’s no resisting it.
It doesn’t take a genius to piece together that homemade pumpkin bread is cheaper than store bought. You might wonder why on earth I’m sharing this then. I was walking through my local grocery store and saw a pumpkin bread kit. It came with a can of pumpkin puree and a pre-made mix to create your own homemade bread with very little effort. The best part: this beautiful pumpkin kit was $4.99. That’s ridiculous! I smiled and walked away, but was even more astonished when I saw someone buying the kit in the checkout lane in front of me. So I’m posting this in case you are tempted by a beautiful box promising time saving delights. Don’t give into the temptation.
Making pumpkin bread is ridiculously easy. It tastes delicious and it doesn’t take a lot of time. My husband normally doesn’t care for pumpkin bread and he loves this recipe. It’s being added to my list of favorites. Now, I did make some slight alterations to the recipe based off of other cook’s comments on Food.com. The main one being the addition of applesauce. In a lot of your cakes and breads, you can substitute half of the oil with applesauce. It’s a great way to reduce the fat and keep the moisture and flavor in your cake. I love using applesauce in baking.
So, without further ado here is a lovely taste of fall to add to your home. It’s worth every moment of cooking. And if you were wondering how much it costs to make it yourself, I’d be shocked if it costs more than $2.00. I hope you enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Bread
By jmelyn on September 26, 2003
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Heat oven to 350. Combine all of your ingredients until smooth. Pour into a 9×5 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Slice and serve plain, buttered, or with cream cheese.
*My oven is a little off, however every time I make this it takes longer than an hour. Just make sure you’re able to hop into the kitchen to check on it every once in a while if you experience the same problem.