Fall is here and I’m so happy about it, BUT I live in California so we really don’t see much change in the weather lol (well… so far…). Today’s weather will be a max of 91 F …. hopefully it cools down next week.
I’ve been shopping different pumpkin products, I will make a post about it so you know what I got.
I called this recipe : Pumpkin Bread # 1 because I will be making more than one pumpkin bread recipe this season. So far, this recipe gives you a soft and moist bread. Please, always remember to wait for the bread to cool completely off before cutting it.
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The best pumpkin puree in a can that I prefer to use is the one from Trader Joe’s. It’s organic and for some reason it tastes better than other brands. Thi is JMO.
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1 and 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs room temperature
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 and 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup orange juice
mini semi sweet chocolate chips (you choose the amount you want to use)
1.- Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven 400F degrees. Spray 9×5 inch loaf with with non-stick spray. Set aside.
2.- You don’t need a mixer for this recipe. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and salt.
3.- In a medium bowl whisk the eggs with the granulated and brown sugar. Add the pumpkin puree, oil and orange juice. Mix well.
4.- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix with a spatula. Add the chocolate chips. Mix . You might see a few lumps, so do not overmix.
5.- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
6.- Bake the bread for 30 minutes in 400 F degrees. After 30 minutes, lower the temperature to 350 F degrees and finish baking for another 30 minutes. In total aprox an hour.
Note: If you see your bread is turning dark brown on the top after the first half hour, grab some aluminum foil and cover the bread so we the top doesn’t get burnt. Remember the outside can be cooked but the inside is still baking.
7.- The bread is done baking when you insert a toothpick and it comes clean or with a few moist crumbs.
8.- Let it cool completely and then cut.
I made this bread again and I added walnuts and chocolate chunks. It turned out pretty good! I bought the chocolate chunks at Trader Joe’s.