My Favorite Pumpkin Loaf

According to me (and my guests), this is the very best pumpkin loaf ever. It is dense and moist with a beautiful rich flavor. And it’s even better the second day. In fact, the longer it sits, the better it becomes. Everyone has these simple ingredients on hand so it can be made up in a jiffy. I have even been known to toast slices under the broiler and put ice cream on top. But then, why not?

PumpkinLoaf

PUMPKIN LOAF / BREAD / MUFFINS / BARS
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1 (15 ounce) canned pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.

Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
Pour batter about 2/3 full into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes in a preheated oven.
Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Makes about 3 medium loaves, 8 mini loaves or 24 muffins.

NOTES:
1. Lovely frosted with a cream cheese or vanilla icing.
2. You can substitute half of the oil with applesauce or crushed pineapple.
3. I have doubled and tripled this recipe with great results.
4. You can sub out the four spices with 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice.
5. Check your oven at 40 minutes to make sure you do not overbake.
Everyone’s oven is different, so adjust according to your experience.
6. Sometimes I have topped with chopped walnuts before baking
or even added them right into the batter.
7. If desired, add grated carrots, raisins, chocolate chips or chopped dates to batter.
Whatever suits your fancy at the time.
8. I’ve also made this recipe into Pumpkin Bars on a cookie sheet
topped off w/ Creamed Cheese frosting.
9. If making muffins or bars remember to adjust the cooking time.

No matter what you do, whatever additions you add,
you can’t go wrong with this delicious recipe!
~ ENJOY ~

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