Can we call this sexy pumpkin bread? Can pumpkin bread be sexy? Can pumpkin anything be sexy? Probably not. However, with the dark background and shadows, this pumpkin bread looks quite seductive. Pumpkin bread can be quite seductive; the spicy smells, the warmth of a freshly baked loaf, the crunchy top with a soft, tender interior, and most importantly the taste. It's all of fall in one fantastic bite. Have I convinced you to make a loaf of pumpkin bread yet? It's easy enough and is probably my signature recipe. I rarely make a recipe twice, yet I've made this same version, with very few changes, for almost ten years. TEN YEARS! I'm not that old, so that means I've been making this since I was in college. My roommates from the B56-era knew autumn was welcomed in with a fresh loaf of pumpkin bread. The ladies of Butler Street knew it too and now my coworkers have been initiated in the fall pumpkin bread tradition.
The bread was polished in a few hours and made our CPR/AED training so much better. I can now save lives, or as the instructor put it, I can keep you dead, but at least get oxygen to your brain. True words. I love that retired NYC firefighters teach teachers how to save lives, it's a pretty sweet retirement gig. Maybe I'll teach people how to bake when I retire; only 25 more years!
I've made you this bread before; it was just in the form of muffins and truffles. This is the best form - simple and scrumptious. Since the bread has been consumed and I probably won't make another loaf until 2015, I suggest you buy a can of pumpkin and make this bread yourself. You can even buy a little jar of pumpkin pie spice instead of measuring out five individual spices! Make yourself some sexy bread!
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Yield - 1 loaf (8-10) servings
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
15 ounce can plain pumpkin
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
cinnamon-sugar for topping
- Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F and liberally grease and flour the loaf pan.
- Whisk together the eggs and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the oil, applesauce, and vanilla until mixed together. Finally, whisk in the pumpkin.
- Stir in the powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice until well combined. Add the flour and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
- Make the cinnamon-sugar by combining 1/8 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle liberally over the top of the bread.
- Bake for 55-65 minutes until the top is crusty and a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean.
- Let cool for about 20 minutes on a wire rack and then remove the bread from the pan. Allow the bread to completely cool.