pumpkin-bread

Hop & Hen Farm Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkins should be eaten all.Year.Long.

There, I said it! They’re beautiful, nutritious and delectable. Being a winter squash, it’s easy to keep them on hand if you store them in a nice, dark, dry place. Actually, they’ll keep for many months! Every Autumn, I roast, mash, then freeze upwards of 20 pounds of the stuff. Those that I wintered over all the way until Spring have also gotten roasted and used. In fact, this batch in this picture is from pumpkins I roasted in February of this year!

Where do I use them? I use it in this bread recipe, and in soups and pancakes/waffles.

But today, it’s all about the bread.

An AirBnB Favorite

When we had guests stay in our cool 1870’s farmhouse, I made a loaf of this bread before they’d arrive, so I could give them slices during their stay. I’d get some idea of when they’d like fresh coffee set in their suite, and sneak some slices of this onto darling vintage china, as a surprise. I got some rave reviews.

pumpkin-breadOn to the Recipe Already!

I’ve made this bread for almost 25 years now, and have it dialed in just the way I want it. It turns out very tender, and do yourself a favor, and put a little butter on it while it’s hot. Mercy.

So here it is, and if you make it, I hope you’ll let me know how it came out! Enjoy!

Oven: 350 degrees
65-70 minutes for bread
25-30 minutes for muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teas baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups roasted pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (I use Trader Joe’s or Vitamin Cottage’s version, or just Allspice if I’m out)
  • Extra 1/4 cup brown sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon for topping (mix in separate bowl for topping)

Instructions

Blend all ingredients slowly, then mix on high speed for 1 ½-2 minutes. Pour into pre-treated loaf pan (I use canola or veggie spray). Sprinkle on topping and place in oven for 65-70 minutes, or when skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5-10 minutes prior to cutting. I never used any adjustments cooking at higher altitudes, but if you do, be mindful.

Alternate Muffin version:

Put into muffin cups and cook for 25-30 minutes.

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