I was really itching to do some baking this week. And with it being November, I was trying to think along the Thanksgiving lines this month. I thought that something pumpkin-y would be perfect to start with. Yes, I know I just made pumpkin biscotti, but I feel like this is the only time of year for pumpkin…so there ya go! I found tons of delicious looking pumpkin bread recipes, but when I saw this Cooking Light version of Pumpkin Bread where I had all but 3 ingredients, I knew I’d found this week’s recipe.
It’s been a crazy week of going, going, going, so I thought baking something would help center me or something like that. Once again baking did the trick. I think it’s that all the measuring and focusing on being precise totally distracts me.
I gotta say this bread was simple to make. Just mix the dry ingredients together, and then using a mixer combine the wet ingredients. Finally combine the two together, and mix lightly until just combined. Then divide between two loaf pans and bake for about an hour. And you can top the bread with nuts if you’d like. I went with pecans. And what’s great is that the nuts are only on top of the bread, so if you’re not a big fan, just pick them off.
So this pumpkin bread was lightened up a bit using just 1/2 cup of oil in total between 2 loaves, and yes of course there was sugar (1 cup per loaf), but using some egg substitute and low-fat buttermilk helped too. Now the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) along with pumpkin puree make this treat smell outrageously good as it was baking.
As I was (not so) patiently letting the bread cool, I was hoping that I wouldn’t regret my decision to not make a more fattening pumpkin bread in case I was sacrificing some flavor. But let me tell you when I took my first bite, all those thoughts of any other pumpkin bread floated away. It was SO good! The inside was nice and moist with a slightly crunchy crust…holy moly it was the perfect baking recipe for this time of year.
I cannot wait for you to try this one out. Click here for the recipe, step by step instructions & nutrition info…you just gotta do it!
A look back:
One year ago: Fried Rice – Quinoa Style!
Two years ago: Crazy Good Soup…
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