The culinary adventures of a 20-something woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

The culinary adventures of a 20-something year old woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Welcome to the Neighbourhood Pumpkin Bread

      As most of you know, I often give away Grandma's Lemon Loaf when someone moves into the neighbourhood. It has become a massive hit amongst those on Lakeview Drive. However, with fall upon us, and an abundance of pumpkin; I decided to change it up a bit.
        I wanted to test it first, since 'welcome to the neighbourhood' bread must be perfect. I made a loaf for our neighbours whom are dear friends - and brutally honest (they are from New Jersey, enough said). I knew if it wasn't good they would tell me, something along the lines of "dear, next time could you make the lemon loaf?"
         The response was hilarious: "dear, I don't even LIKE pumpkin bread and this loaf is F-A-B-U-L--O-U-S!!! Could we get the recipe?"

        So, my pumpkin bread will be the fall welcome, and the lemon loaf for the spring. You can decide what you prefer, and since there is a house just down the street for sale, give me my answer :)

1 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1 cup sugar (I used half Splenda)
2 eggs
3/4 C canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup applesauce (or oil)

1. In large bowl, mix flour, soda, salt, powder & spices. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla & applesauce together.
2. Combine & mix well (but do NOT over-mix).
3. Pour into a 7x3 loaf pan that is greased & lightly floured.
4. Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 F for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.

Nutritional Information:
Per slice (loaf makes 10-12 slices) Approx 200 calories
Weight watchers: 4 points

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